Everyone has been feeling the effects of inflation and increased prices recently. Basically every time I go to the store one of the usual items on my grocery list has a higher price tag than it did the time before.
High grocery costs can make healthy eating feel more daunting, and many people report cost being one of the reasons they don’t make healthier eating choices. However, if it's done the right way, healthy eating does not have to be expensive. In fact, some healthier choices can actually save you money. Here are three ideas of ways you can adjust your diet to make it more healthy and more affordable.
One potato has 4 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber, and a variety of vitamins and minerals, including a high amount of potassium. Potatoes are a high carb food, but, contrary to popular beliefs and fad diets, our bodies need carbohydrates for fuel, and most people do best getting about 45-65% of their total calories from carbohydrates. A whole plant food, like a potato, is a much better option than processed high carb foods commonly eaten, such as white bread, white pasta, white rice, and refined grain cereals. As long as your diet is balanced and you are pairing that potato with other healthy foods, your body will love those carbs.
2. Replace some of your animal protein with plant protein
Pound to pound, animal products such as meat, poultry, cheese, and eggs are usually more expensive than plant foods that are high in protein, such as peanut butter, beans and quinoa. Eating a more plant based diet also has many health benefits. Reducing animal product consumption and increasing plant protein is not only a good idea for your budget and your health, but also for the environment since plant foods are much more sustainable.
One of the great things about hot cereal is how versatile it is; you can get creative with it. You can top it with fruit, nuts, seeds, or have a nut butter on the side to make it more delicious and nutritiously diverse. One tablespoon of flaxseed mixed in with your oatmeal, for example, could provide your diet with your entire daily value of omega-3 fatty acids.
It’s easy to stay in our grocery shopping habits and eat the same things each day. But with a little creativity, some simple changes can provide your budget with some relief and help you feel better, too.
Author: Hannah Clements