Quick question: What’s keeping you from shunning fast food in lieu of healthy eating?
Perhaps you love the taste of processed food too much. Or its accessibility. But we bet you also feel that taking the healthier route can be quite tedious. So you fall back into your safety net of junk food. We’re debunking this myth for you with five dos and don’ts—are you ready to sprint faster to the greener side than you can say diet?
Do check out farmer’s markets.
Fresh produce from local markets are always cheaper than grocery ones, so don’t forget to pay these places a visit. Think color when shopping: Aim for an almost rainbow-like selection for your cart, with reds, greens, yellows, purples. A good array of colors means you’re getting a good balance of nutrients.
Do snack wisely.
Nuts will take you a long way, what with their dietary fiber, B group vitamin, and nutrient (calcium, iron, and magnesium, among others) content. Just make sure to go for those offers where you can pick the amount you want. They’re more practical than the individually packaged snacks. Another money-wise alternative for your healthy eating project? Chicken snack, which you can get for about $1.99/lb.
Don’t be compelled to buy organic.
If you’re really on a tight budget, you can skip organic variants but make sure to wash all fruits and vegetables well. If you have some money for an organic upgrade, spend it on soft fruits and vegetables. Those that have thicker “skins” or shells like bananas, broccoli, avocados, and mangoes have been found to contain the least amount of pesticides.
Do away with meat at least once a week.
Meat is obviously the most expensive item in your grocery cart, so why not try doing Meatless Monday or All-Veggie Friday? Try: Black bean burgers and lentil tacos, or mushroom as a focal point. They all have that meaty texture that’s really filling.
Stop making lack of budget an excuse to not eat healthy. Take that first step towards a cleaner lifestyle by committing to choose healthier options every day. And remember, you don’t have to scrimp on shopping because there’s Piggy which will find awesome discounts for you online (and even give you cash back). (Healthy) game on!