It can seem impossible to eat healthy when a large burger combo with a soda costs only a fraction of what you’d pay for a salad and bottled water. While it can appear to be expensive to live that Instagram-worthy life, there are some simple ways to stretch your dollar without stretching your waistline.
The first and most important step to any healthy eating is to plan your week’s meals out ahead of time. Among the many benefits of a little bit of forethought is the lowered risk of impulse buys and much less food waste. Knowing what you’ll be eating for the week, and planning multiple uses for different ingredients, can keep your grocery bill to a minimum while also maximizing the use of fresh produce and prepared meat.
If you can swing it, try stopping by your local farmer’s market. Not only will you be directly supporting your own community, but the produce is likely to be better and cheaper than at a big chain supermarket. Cutting out the middleman gets the food from the farm to your table quicker, without the preservatives and chemicals often needed for transportation. That unnecessary extra step also reduces prices, letting your money work harder for you. As an added bonus, farmer’s markets offer a host of other local benefits.
Another benefit of buying directly from local farmers is the seasonal options. Have you noticed that although you can buy strawberries year round at supermarkets, the price changes a lot depending on what time of year it is? If you spend just a few minutes researching what produce is in season, you can save tons of money. Local growers will only sell you what’s in season and you’ll most likely also be guaranteed a good price.
Use Smart Coupons
Large chains and supermarkets often have great deals, loyalty programs, and the ever-popular receipt coupons. It’s now easier to download apps and collect coupons online than keeping them in a coupon tin in the kitchen. But don’t let the coupons trick you. Many coupons are for processed, unhealthy junk food. Collect coupons only for healthy foods and staples that you will use and are part of your healthy meal-planning regimen.
Grow Your Own Garden
A great way to save money, eat healthy, and live a more active lifestyle is to start your own garden. Growing your own produce can save you time and money at the grocery store, and also keep you active and, on sunshiney days, can supply you with “sunny” vitamin D during your day. If you don’t have a big yard or any obvious growing space, growing an indoor herb garden is absolutely doable. Not only will growing your own herbs save you money, it will encourage you to cook more which is almost always a healthier option.
Cook at Home
Speaking of cooking more, stop going out so much! Eating out a couple times a week can add up shockingly fast. Try to limit your nights eating out and cook at home more. If you and your significant other like date nights, why not try cooking together? If you stop by the deli every day for lunch, consider instead packing your own healthy meal. Making your own meals will often be healthier than a restaurant option because you’ll have access to healthier ingredients and know exactly what goes into your meals. And you won’t be paying extra for the convenience of premade food. That said, cooking at home doesn’t have to be a chore. Try new recipes, like these to experiment with health-focused meals and snacks.
Buy in Bulk
If you’re cooking for a big family, then a Costco or Sam’s Club Membership makes sense. But buying in bulk when you’re single or cooking for a small family can also be just as beneficial. You may not be able to buy, store, and eat 10 pounds of lettuce before it goes bad, but there are a lot of things you can purchase that keep for a long time. Frozen fruits, veggies, and meat will usually stay good for months when frozen. And grains like quinoa, rice, and couscous can be used over long periods of time, saving you money.
Freeze, Freeze, Freeze
For healthy meals on a budget, a freezer is your best friend. Besides buying in bulk and storing, you can also prep meals to be tossed in a slow cooker or pressure cooker. Pre-packaged freezer meals are usually full of preservatives and added calories, but if you prep your own healthy meals and freeze them, all you have to do is stick them in a crock pot in the morning or a pressure cooker after work and you have a healthy, inexpensive, ready-made meal to go!
Find multiple ways to get your protein
If it’s tough for you to afford meat, or if you just don’t have a lot of time, there are some supplements that can be highly nutritious and beneficial, including ours here at Ancient Nutrition.
If your palate screams “summer berry salad” but your wallet can only spell “ramen,” don’t despair. There are a few easy ways to eat healthy on a budget. A healthy lifestyle shouldn’t be out of reach for anyone and with these nine suggestions, it won’t be.
PLEASE READ THESE ONLINE STORE TERMS AND CONDITIONS VERY CAREFULLY. THIS IS A LEGAL AGREEMENT (“AGREEMENT”) BETWEEN YOU AND ANCIENT BRANDS, LLC D/B/A ANCIENT NUTRITION (“COMPANY”). BY CLICKING ON THE “I ACCEPT” BUTTON AND COMPLETING YOUR ORDER OF ANCIENT NUTRITION, DR. AXE OR ANY OTHER PRODUCT OFFERED FOR SALE ON THE BELOW WEB SITE(S) (COLLECTIVELY, THE “PRODUCTS”), YOU ARE AGREEING TO BE BOUND BY, AND ARE BECOMING A PARTY TO, THIS AGREEMENT. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THE TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT, DO NOT CLICK ON THE “I ACCEPT” BUTTON AND ABANDON YOUR PURCHASE OF PRODUCTS.
ONLINE STORE. This Agreement covers the terms of our sale and your purchase of Products through our online shop located at http://store.draxe.com (“Online Shop” and with the Home Page and the Site, the “Website”).
CREDENTIALS. You are solely responsible for the supervision, management, and control of your login credentials. COMPANY DOES NOT PROTECT YOU FROM UNAUTHORIZED USE OF YOUR CREDENTIALS. Any person using your login credentials is conclusively deemed to have actual authority to engage in transactions in the Online Shop, and, accordingly, all sales of Products made by a person using your credential are hereby authorized by you. You shall immediately notify Company if you become aware of any unauthorized use of your credentials and we will thereafter suspend your account as soon as practicable.
PURCHASES. You are responsible for all Product purchases and amounts due under your login credentials. You are responsible for paying in full the purchase price for Products, the shipping and handling charges and any taxes due as more fully set forth in your Online Shop order.
SHIPPING INSTRUCTIONS. We will ship Products to the address you enter in our Online Shop order form using the shipping method you select.
PACKING AND HANDLING. All Products ordered by you shall be packed in accordance with our standard practices. We will not accept and cannot accommodate any special requests for custom containers, packing, crating, boxing or bundling.
RISK OF LOSS. All Products are shipped EXW and you shall bear the risk of loss upon our delivery of the Products to the common carrier at our shipping location. Any claims for loss, shortage or damage to the Products arising following our delivery to the common carrier should be submitted to the common carrier.
PAYMENTS. You hereby authorize Company to charge the full purchase price for Products and the shipping and handling charges and taxes due as more fully set forth in your Online Shop order to the credit card or bank account you provided incident to the order. You assume all responsibility for notifying us of changes in credit card numbers and/or expiration dates or in any change in status of the applicable bank account, as the case may be. If your credit card is denied when charged or if an ACH or other debit to the depositary account is rejected, we may charge and collect from you a “bad account” fee of twenty five ($25.00) dollars for any declined or rejected transaction. You shall additionally be responsible for and shall immediately pay us, on demand, any payments that are made to us that are subject to a subsequent reversal. Questions regarding charges must be brought to the attention of Company’s billing department within 90 days after the end of the questioned billing period. Charges beyond 90 days old are not subject to review, reversal or refund. YOU HEREBY REPRESENT AND WARRANT THAT (I) THE CREDIT CARD, DEBIT CARD OR BANK ACCOUNT INFORMATION SUPPLIED TO COMPANY IS TRUE, CORRECT AND COMPLETE, (II) AMOUNTS DUE FROM YOU WILL BE HONORED BY YOUR BANK OR CREDIT CARD COMPANY, AND (III) YOU SHALL PAY FOR ALL YOUR PURCHASES ON THE ONLINE SHOP AT THE PRICES IN EFFECT AT THE TIME INCURRED. You remain solely responsible to pay for Product purchases following declination of your credit card, ACH transaction, eCheck or otherwise.
TAX. You shall be responsible for all sales, use and other taxes and all applicable duties, levies and export fees and similar charges imposed by any federal, state or local government entity with respect to your purchases of Products and authorize us to charge such due amounts in addition to the amounts set forth above.
REWARDS PROGRAMS, SUBSCRIPTIONS AND PROMOTIONS. To the extent you participate in any promotional programs offered by the Company, including without limitation the Dr. Axe Rewards Program (https://store.draxe.com/pages/dr-axe-rewards-terms-and-conditions ), the Subscribe & Save Program or any other similar program or promotion, (each, a “Program”) the applicable terms and conditions of such Program shall continue in full force and effect.
PROMOTIONAL GUARANTEES AND REFUNDS. In the event you purchase Products that are subject to any limited guarantee based on express language on the Websites (e.g., “60 Days Money Back Guarantee”), such guarantee, if applicable, shall be limited solely to those Products purchased on the Online Shop and shall not apply to any other products purchased in any other store, account, site, location or channel. For purposes of calculating the relevant time period, the applicable date shall be date of purchase unless stated otherwise. Any eligible refunds will be paid using the same payment method as the initial purchase In the event you are deemed to be eligible for such refund, any costs incurred by you relating to the shipping and handling of Products shall not be refunded. Products received in connection with eligible rewards Programs may not be returned for any refund.
PRODUCT WARRANTY. Company hereby represents and warrants (the “Limited Warranty”) that the Products shall conform to their applicable food label, and be fit for human consumption for the applicable shelf lift for each particular Product (as applicable, the “Warranty Period”). COMPANY HEREBY DISCLAIMS ALL OTHER WARRANTIES REGARDING THE PRODUCTS, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR NONINFRINGEMENT.
LIMITED LIABILITY. COMPANY’S LIABILITY TO YOU IS LIMITED. Company will, as its sole liability and as your sole remedy for such failure, replace or refund the full purchase price of any Product that fails to meet the Limited Warranty during the applicable Warranty Period. TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, IN NO EVENT SHALL COMPANY BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OF ANY KIND (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, REGARDLESS OF THE FORESEEABILITY OF THOSE DAMAGES) ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH ANY BREACH OF THE LIMITED WARRANTY AND THE REPLACEMENT OR REFUND OF THE PURCHASE PRICE PAID FOR ANY PRODUCT SHALL BE YOUR SOLE REMEDY FOR ANY SUCH FAILURE AND COMPANY’S SOLE LIABILITY IN SUCH EVENT.
SEVERABILITY; WAIVER. If, for whatever reason, a court of competent jurisdiction finds any term or condition in this Agreement to be unenforceable, all other terms and conditions will remain unaffected and in full force and effect. No waiver of any breach of any provision of this Agreement shall constitute a waiver of any prior, concurrent, or subsequent breach of the same or any other provisions hereof, and no waiver shall be effective unless made in writing and signed by an authorized representative of the waiving party.
MODIFICATIONS. Company may, in its sole discretion and without prior notice, (a) revise this Agreement; (b) revise the labelling or modify the ingredients or formula of any Products; and (c) discontinue the Website or any Products at any time. Company shall post any revision to this Agreement to the Website, and the revision shall be effective immediately on such posting. You agree to review this Agreement and other online policies posted on the Website periodically to be aware of any revisions. You agree that, by continuing to use or access the Website following notice of any revision, you shall abide by any such revision.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT. BY CLICKING ON THE “I ACCEPT” BUTTON AND COMPLETING YOUR PURCHASE IN OUR ONLINE SHOP, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT YOU HAVE READ THIS AGREEMENT AND AGREE ENTER INTO AND BE BOUND BY IT.
*Promotion Disclaimer: Promotions valid on U.S. orders only. International orders valid for digital programs only. This offer excludes Subscribe & Save and Wholesale orders. Discounted wholesale orders are ineligible for promotion. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for special deals. Only one code can be used per order. Only one use per customer. Discount not applicable to tax or shipping. All items are sold on a first come, first serve basis, and may not be applied to previously placed orders. We are currently unable to ship supplements outside of the United States.
* Disclaimer: The entire contents of this website are based upon the opinions of Dr. Axe, unless otherwise noted. Individual articles are based upon the opinions of the respective author, who retains copyright as marked. The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from the research and experience of Dr. Axe and his community. Dr. Axe encourages you to make your own health care decisions based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified health care professional.
** Disclaimer: While we welcome honest feedback, customer reviews and customer opinions are the sole responsibility of the said customer, and Dr. Axe, draxe.com and any of his or the company's affiliates are not liable for customer review comments. We reserve the right to remove any and all customer reviews that do not meet compliance standards, contain malicious content, or contain any other content that is deemed offensive or inappropriate.