Seniors living on a budget know how important it is to get the most out of their money. Eating healthy without breaking the bank is easy to do with some smart planning and doesn’t mean buying expensive health foods, or supplements. For folks living on their own, it can be easy to resort to TV dinners and processed food which ends up being pricier as well as being high in additives and sodium. It doesn’t take much time or effort to prepare healthy inexpensive meals using basic ingredients.
Shop In Bulk
Big box retailers such as Costco are great places to stock up on staple items such as grains or pasta. Most supermarkets have a bulk bin aisle that offers a wide selection of flours, grains, nuts, seeds, and beans at a fraction of the cost of the packaged version.
Choose Seasonal Produce
Buying fresh peaches during the summer will cost a lot less than trying to buy them in the winter. Look for sales on seasonal fruits and vegetables in your grocery store and farmers market. If your neighborhood offers a CSA program you can enjoy fresh seasonal bounty delivered right to your door! Don’t pass up frozen fruits and vegetables as they are just as nutritious as fresh, and can easily be added to a recipe without any of the prep work.
If time is an issue, dedicate a day of the week to cooking a few items for foolproof meals. Make a big batch of rice or quinoa, and roast some vegetables such as sweet potatoes and carrots for a quick accompaniment. For meat eaters, roasting a chicken or two can provide a week’s worth of meals from salads to a quick soup.
It’s easier than you think to turn simple foods into budget-friendly, delicious meals. Skip the processed food aisles and focus on eating whole foods that will trim your waistline, as well as your food bill!