Top 10 Ways to Eat Healthier for Under $6 a Day
Surely I’m not the only one that gets a little confused and annoyed at how healthy food can be rather expensive, especially when compared to its more processed and less organic alternative. Whatever the reason, we all know it can be a tad pricey to eat well, and a little difficult not to resort to cheap fast food every once in a while. In a world where obesity and bad health are running rampant, I for one expect some more support from those in control of these mechanisms, but alas, most of us need to rely simply on our own willpower and hard-earned cash.
Maybe that’s not entirely all true, smarts become a big part of the equation too. While walking through the gluten-free or organic sections of the supermarket will set you back a weeks pay, if you know what you’re doing and how to take advantage of bargains, perhaps you can eat healthy for pocket change.
That’s the idea behind an article at Huffington Post, one which details how to eat well for as little as $6 a day, such as buying in bulk:
1. Bulk is Better
Setting up a budget-friendly kitchen and pantry is the first step to making your dollar stretch each week. This includes a well-stocked pantry with some inexpensive bulk basics such as:
- Dried spices and herbs: For the biggest cost savings, visit a local co-op, if available. Getting started with a full stock of 10 basic spices can range on average from $8 from bulk to less than $28 for low- cost bottled. Buy small amounts and replenish them as needed. Note: The shelf life for dried herbs is six months and one year for ground spices.
- Dry beans and lentils: 1 pound of bulk dry beans can stretch across many meals. The average cost of pound dried beans is two dollars for eight cups of cooked beans, which equals 25 cents a cup. The average cost of canned beans is 79 cents to 2 dollars for organic beans.
- Whole grains: The average price is 80 cents per pound. Brown rice yields six to seven cups of cooked rice, which is 12 cents a cup.
Eating healthier is within anyone’s means — with a little planning and preparation you’ll no longer spend a fortune on the right food, or live cheaply on the wrong foods. The right food is there for a bargain, read the rest of the article to find out how.
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About Sam Brinson Sam is a writer living in Uruguay. Sam follows the latest in aging break throughs.