1) Buy the Basics
Grocery shopping for the essentials doesn’t have to pricey, and stocking up on these things will give you room to create an array of nutritious meals. Think eggs, avocados and whole grain bread, paired with anything from chili flakes and lemon to feta and scallions for your own iterations on avocado toast. Leafy greens like romaine, arugula and kale are cheap and give you the perfect base for any salad with other affordable additives like chickpeas, tomatoes, broccoli, tofu, lentils and sweet potatoes. Pears, bananas and watermelon are some of the most affordable fruits on the market, and are great ingredients to add to any smoothie. Grapes, apples, and almonds are also inexpensive, and act as a go-to snack for anyone on the go.
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2) Freeze It
While it’s not rocket science to find affordable fruits and vegetables at the supermarket, the second they go out of season, their prices double. The next time you go food shopping, keep this in mind and stock up on what’s seasonal so you can freeze it and save it when prices soar. Similarly, many pre-packaged frozen fruits and vegetables are very affordable, and are perfect in smoothies or for a light snack. Try frozen mango, berries, edamame or even frozen shrimp.
3) Brew At Home
Recent studies on the health benefits of coffee show that it can speed up your metabolism, boost cortisol levels and is a sure way to optimise your time at the gym. It’s also a great thing to sip on between your daily water intake, filling you up and helping keep you hydrated. However, that cup of joe doesn’t always come cheap. According to AOL.com, a 6-ounce cup of coffee made at home, at about 17 cents a cup per day, adds up to $1.19 a week and $62.05 a year. A 16-ounce grande coffee from Starbucks, at $2.29 per day, adds up to $16.03 per week, and a crazy $835.85 per year. Take the time to start brewing your own at home, and watch the savings pile up.
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4) Plan Ahead
As simple as this seems, planning out your meals for the week not only means you can save on supermarket purchases because you’re actually buying what you need, but also means you won’t stray from the healthy foods you’re trying to consume. Having a game plan helps save your wallet and your waist.
5) Spiralize Away
Spiralizing your food has become a recent health craze, and the good news is things like squash and zucchini are cheap buys. You can also buy a spiralizer for less than $10, and trust us—you will definitely get your money’s worth. Make zucchini pasta with pesto and shrimp, or drizzle squash linguini with olive oil and sage. Get inspired with more recipes at inspiralized.com.
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6) Thrifty Juice Kick
While cheap juices are few, far and in-between, they do exist. Especially if you’re near a Boost Juice or hawker centre.
From: Harper’s BAZAAR US