On Tuesday, I said I’d cover how to fulfill common New Year’s resolutions without spending too much – or anything at all. On Wednesday, I talked about how to help others without spending anything, and on Thursday, I talked about how to exercise on the cheap. Today I’m going to talk about how to eat healthy without breaking the bank.
1. Breakfast. Most important meal of the day! A lot of us rush out the door without eating anything, and then end up picking up McDonald’s or a bagel smothered in cream cheese. A very cheap option you can prepare in advance is Steel Cut Oats. I cook up a pot on Sunday night, then take a container in each day and heat it up at work. I add some berries and a bit of cinnamon, and voila! Instant breakfast. You can buy a bag of Steel Cut Oats for about 5 dollars, and I find it’ll last me almost a month. It’s very filling, and very economical.
2. Lunch. It’s so tempting to hit the food court instead of brown bagging it. You can always pack left overs, but if you’re looking for something healthy and low cost, try this. Cook up spinach, peppers and mushrooms in olive oil, then throw in some beans. You can wrap it up in a tortilla and add a bit of spaghetti sauce. You get a great, healthy meal, and it’s very filling! I found wrapping it and taking it to work didn’t really work well – I just ended up putting bits of tortilla on top of the veggies and beans.
3. Dinner. Try batch cooking, and make things up like vegetarian chilis or lentil soups in advance. If you have plenty of healthy food waiting for you, you’ll be less likely to reach for chicken nuggets or pizza, or order in. On nights we hit the gym, it’s great to have a container of food just waiting for us when we get home.
4. Snacks. Don’t buy them. I have no willpower. I’ll freely admit it. If it’s in the house, I’ll eat it. So, I just can’t buy something and portion it out – I just can’t have it at all.
What are your favourite ways to eat healthy on the cheap?