Why Eating Healthy and Saving Money Don’t Have to be Exclusive

Interesting Healthy Foods For Frugal Shoppers

eating healthy and saving moneyHealthy foods do not have to be the expensive health foods that have their own aisle at the store. In fact, healthy foods can be very inexpensive when the family is considering changing their lifestyle towards healthier eating. Therefore, the most frugal foods are the more healthy foods that don't necessarily have “brand names”.

The importance of adding healthy foods into a family’s diet is incredibly important for the well being of all involved. Individuals should try to avoid cheap alternatives to healthy food, which are made to seem appealing but lack nutritional value. To better understand the affects of healthy foods versus junk food on the body, further study should be persued, such as a masters degree in nursing.

Saving Some Green While Eating Your Greens

There are literally thousands of leafy greens out there. From swiss chard to mustard greens and kale, every family can center their diet around leafy greens very easily.

Leafy greens can be bought cheaply in very large quantities. Plus, they can be used in salads, in smoothies, and as garnishes or accompaniments for other dishes. The wise cook can literally fit these greens into every meal.

Fruits and Vegetables

Again, these are not “name brand” items, but fruits and vegetables can cover a large portion of a family's diet. Fruit is sweet and much cheaper than sweet snacks of desserts. Vegetables are cheap and cost much less than salty chips or other snacks families buy. Plus, eating fruits and vegetables is far healthier than eating junk food.

Fruits and vegetables can also go into smoothies with those leafy greens, as parts of salads, and can even be a healthy entree or dessert. The family can invest a great percentage of their grocery budget in fruits and vegetables and eat healthily every day.

Plus, fruits and vegetables do not have to be purchased in their natural state. Frozen fruits and vegetables are just as healthy as their fresh counterparts, but they can be stored easily and used in the same recipes. In fact, a family that wants to save money can stockpile frozen fruits and vegetables for smoothies and side dishes that will last in the freezer for at least six months.

Whole Grains

Families that want to eat pasta, rice, and bread should consider investing in whole grain products that allow for all of the nutrients to be digested when eaten.

Whole grain rice and wheat breads are far more healthy than their bleached counterparts, moreover, they are typically not any more expensive. Rather than searching for something in the health food aisle, the wise family can simply go with whole grain starches to ensure their food is healthy and delicious.


When purchasing meats for dishes, the leanest meat that is still good for you is chicken. Plus, chicken comes in many different forms. Chicken cuts can be used for many different types of dish depending on the family's tastes.

Chicken legs and drumsticks can be used for simple comfort food. Chicken breasts can be sliced into pasta dishes, and chicken breasts and thighs can be used for boiled chicken or soups. In fact, because chicken is so inexpensive and lean, the portions tend to be much larger than with other, more expensive meats.

Frugal Recipes

Eating healthy does not always include what many people consider “square meals”. Many families eat in almost a vegan style. A vegan menu does not have meat or dairy, and this is easily achieved through simply planning.

A lentil or bean soup with tomatoes and herbs is considered “vegan” and very filling. Pasta dishes with simple marinara-style sauces are also considered vegan. Anything that is vegan tends to be less expensive and feed more people at the same time.

When thinking about the monetary concerns behind feeding a family, remembering how to eat healthy on a budget is vital. There are many ways to eat healthy from leafy greens to whole grains, and those items simply do not cost that much money.

The smart shopper can finance a large family's grocery budget with just a little research. Research can start online with articles such as this interesting article from the New York Times.

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4 Responses to Why Eating Healthy and Saving Money Don’t Have to be Exclusive

  1. Richard @ Frugality Magazine 01/12/2014 at 11:10 am #

    I agree on the fruit & veg – though of course there’s another possible curse here. Namely that if you buy *fresh* – you need to be very careful with storage and eating it in order. If you end up throwing half of it away then it won’t work out so cost effectively 😉

    That’s why I’m a fan of frozen veg. I grow a load myself each year – with the seeds from the previous years crop (cost = zero). Then when the crops are ready we keep some to use fresh and the rest are canned and frozen so we always have healthy, nutritious, low-cost food in the house – even if (as usual) I’ve forgotten to go to the store on the way home from work.

    • Paul 01/12/2014 at 7:57 pm #

      I’m with you Richard on the frozen veggies however, I just grilled some veggies on the grill with a little EVO and garlic, delicious! Frozen vegetables have come a long way and are almost as nutritious as fresh.

  2. Bryce @ Save and Conquer 01/11/2014 at 6:40 pm #

    My wife is currently making soup from a leftover turkey breast that she cooked in the crock pot several days ago. We have also been living it up with frozen strawberry and orange smoothies. (I bought her a Vitamix for Christmas and she has been going to town blending all sorts of things together.) The oranges come from a couple trees in our back yard. Come spring, we will plant all kinds of yummy vegetables in the garden: zucchini squash, bell peppers, tomatoes, carrots, cantaloupe, and various herbs.

    • Paul 01/11/2014 at 8:35 pm #

      Turkey soup! One of my favorites! I take it that you do live in a part of the country that has decent weather based upon the types of vegetables that you are able to grow. I am jealous Bryce as I live in Phoenix and our growing season is about 4 months before the plants burst into flames from the summer heat! 😉

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