Doesn’t it seem like it’s so expensive to eat healthy? Sometimes eating healthy on a budget can seem next to impossible. One of the main reasons for this is that nearly all weight loss or calorie reduced brands sell expensive prepackaged meals.
The funny thing is, these frozen and over priced items are so simple to make for yourself! And for the most part are even healthier when prepared in your own kitchen!
For example, one of the most common prepackaged diet meals will include some sort of pasta in a calorie reduced sauce. These seemingly gourmet meals usually consist of white pasta, a simple tomato sauce, maybe a few minuscule vegetables and if your lucky and wiling to splurge a few pieces of freezer burnt chicken breast. One meal will usually cost between $3.00 and $6.00.
Now consider what you could prepare on your own for the same amount! A whole package of pasta will only cost a dollar and a bit, and you could even choose whole grain pasta to boost your fiber intake. Sauce is simple to make with a few fresh ripe plum tomatoes and the veggies, well we all know that fresh produce is quite a bit cheaper then frozen.
You see, they pull you in with terms such as “low fat” or even “fat free” but when it comes to eating healthy on a budget, spending wisely is important.
Sure, the frozen meals are convenient, but it is not uncommon for them to be extremely high in sodium, cholesterol and calories. The trick is to carefully consider each and every purchase.
Use the packaging on the frozen meals to inspire your own freshly made recipes! Better yet, save the money you would spend on prepackaged diet brand meals and purchase a reputable weight loss cookbook.
Eating healthy on a budget is possible. All you have to do is tone your culinary skills and embrace your inner chef! Start cooking and pre-packing your own meals and you’ll notice it’s not so expensive to healthy after all!
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