June 14, 2016

How to Eat a Plant-Based Diet on a Budget

Believe it or not, you can conquer your hunger on a plant-based diet AND stick to your budget! Many people resist changing their diets because they view eating healthy as a luxury they can’t afford. However, a whole-food, plant-based diet is actually pretty affordable. With a few strategies in mind, it can actually cost less than processed, packaged foods.

Grocery shopping isn’t everyone’s favorite thing to do. But with a few tips and tricks in mind, we think you can be frugal and eat healthy at the same time!

Here’s how:

  1. Meal planning. By planning out your meals each week, you will be able to make a list that gets you exactly what you need without wasting food or money. This also prevents you from eating out more than you would like.
  1. Go for the veggies first. Per serving, veggies are incredibly cheap. In fact, many veggies will also stay fresh for a while, including celery, zucchini, carrots, sweet potatoes, onions, garlic, broccoli and cauliflower. Veggies also fill you up more and keep you full longer than fruits do. We love our fruit, but if you’re on a budget, keep veggies a top priority.
  1. Buy in bulk. Buying in bulk is a commonly known way to save money. Remember to only buy foods in bulk that don’t spoil easily, or that will freeze easily; you don’t want to buy a bunch of food for it to just go to waste. Legumes, nuts, grains and seeds are great foods to buy in bulk!
  1. Go for healthy carbs. Healthy carbs, like sweet potatoes and brown rice, fill your belly up the right way. They also come at a reasonable price. You could even go a step further and try to make your own homemade bread!
  1. Go generic. When buying canned goods, we always recommend reading the label and finding out what ingredients are used. However, when you can, try to get the generic brands rather than the name brands. The cheapest option might just be the healthiest option.
  1. Embrace your green thumb. This might be the cheapest route to go! The more produce you grow yourself, the less food you have to buy. Growing a garden sounds easy, but it does take time and effort. If you’re willing to put in a little work and embrace your green thumb, it’s definitely worth trying.
  1. Visit the farmer’s market. Take advantage of the local farmer’s market if you live near one. These are easy ways to save money on produce. If you can, stock up on items that you can store for a month or two. You can also freeze items for later use.

Unlike many diets, a whole-food, plant-based diet is one of the most affordable when you do it right. Contrary to common belief, it is possible to be healthy without burning a hole in your pocket.

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