Struggling to find or prepare healthy meals on a budget? You just need to find the right foods at the right time — and we'll show you how!
Losing weight is a mental and physical challenge.
But when you tack on how expensive it can be to lose weight with the price of many healthy foods, your goal can seem completely unrealistic!
How are people doing it? Do they just have unlimited grocery budgets?
The truth is they know which foods give you the most bang for your buck and how to navigate the grocery store with weight loss in mind.
Here's the secret to buying healthy meals on a budget, along with recipes for our favorite healthy family meals that are less than $10 to make!
Want to get the kids involved in meal prep? Check out these 12 simple and healthy ideas!
You're Not Crazy — These Prices Are
First of all, you're not the crazy one.
There really is a trend of “health foods” being sold at higher prices than non-healthy foods.
In fact, a Harvard study found that, on average, eating a healthy diet daily costs about $1.50 more than if you ate unhealthy foods.
From the day-to-day, this doesn't sound like such a large amount.
But annually, that would be $2,200 per year!
Not to mention, buying organic food can run you 10-30% more on your grocery tab as well.
While it may seem impossible to beat this system, we have tips for you.
How to Find Cheaper Healthy Foods
Healthy food does command a premium.
However, it's up to you to choose which healthy foods you choose to buy!
There are healthy proteins, vegetables, fruits, and starches that won't cost you an arm and a leg.
- Canned tuna: Average $1.39 per can
- Canned beans: Average $ per pound
- Frozen edamame: Average $2 for a 16-ounce bag
- Broccoli: Average $1.64 per head
- Bagged spinach: Average $2 per ounce
- Russet potatoes: Average $.56 per pound
- Brown rice: Average $1.75 per pound
- Old fashioned oats: Average $.13 per serving
- Bananas: Average $.60 per pound
- Oranges: Average $1 per pound
- Frozen berries: Average $3.50 per pound
Keep in mind that anytime you can find produce that's in season, it will be cheaper.
We recommend keeping a cheat sheet of when produce is in season on your fridge as a reminder before you grocery shop for the week!
Healthy Meals on a Budget
It's a little too easy to list out cheap produce.
The challenge really comes in when you're cooking for your family!
You've got everyone's opinions and allergies to account for — and your own health goals.
Below, we've listed out our favorite healthy family meals that are less than $10 to make.
Chicken and Vegetable Roast
This roast is delicious but simple.
Purchase chicken, russet potatoes, carrots, celery, and onion and bake together on a baking sheet.
All told, this meal comes out to $2.72 per serving.
Pork Chops and Salad
Bake pork chops breaded with panko crumbs while you prepare a salad of cabbage and apples.
Mustard and sour cream round out this meal.
This meal is $2.67 per serving.
Mini Meatballs, Green Beans, and Potatoes
Cook the meatballs, green beans, and potatoes all on one foil-lined baking sheet for easy cleanup.
Enjoy at $2.29 per serving.
Tilapia and Corn
Have a Friday fish night with this zesty tilapia dish!
Cooked tilapia with a chili-lime glaze is complemented by corn saute.
This meal is $2.80 per serving.
For any vegetarians, this meatless burger is a delicious and budget-friendly alternative.
Walnuts, lentils, and mushrooms give these burgers a dense and delicious taste.
Eat dinner for $1.56 per serving.
Healthy on Your Terms
Without these tips, it can seem impossible to prepare healthy meals on a budget.
But now that you know it can be done, there's nothing standing in your way!
If you're looking to branch out into other realms of fitness such as diet and exercise, we can also help you there.
Our free Fit Mom Jumpstart gives you all the tools you need to start dropping pounds.
From email fitness coaching to detailed diet plans, you'll be on the road to your goal weight.
Then, you can move onto FM30X, which we designed with moms like you in mind — no restrictive diets, time-consuming workouts, or pressure to be “perfect”
Just real results, and lots of help along the way!
*Please know that weight loss results & health changes/improvements vary from individual to individual; you may not achieve similar results. Always consult with your doctor before making health decisions. This is not medical advice – simply very well-researched info on healthy meals on a budget.