10 Tips for Healthy Eating on a Budget

Does healthy eating on a budget seem impossible? I know it can at times and it’s even more challenging when you have to be gluten free, dairy free and even in some cases nut free or eliminate other foods from your diet. However, it can be done. Keep reading to learn how.

1. Use coupons. Yes you really can find coupons for healthy eating on a budget. It is possible. I share more about how this can be done in my post 25 Places to Find Coupons and Discounts for Healthy Food, however, in short, you want to check out mobile apps like Ibota and the websites for companies who make your favorite healthier foods and or allergen free foods.

2. Plan ahead- This cannot be said enough. If you plan ahead I guarantee that you will eat healthier and on a budget than if you don’t.

3. Buy all your food for the month at once. (With maybe an exception for some fresh fruits and vegetables.) The more trips you make to the store, the more money you will spend, this is a proven fact.

4. Make menus for your lunches and dinners- This is another part of planning head for healthy eating on a budget. You just have to do it. Write out your menus and what things you need to buy for each meal.

5. Make fruits and vegetables your main staple- Fruits and vegetables cost less overall than if you buy lots of crackers, chips, meats, pastas, sauces etc.

6. Shop case lot sales- Figure out when these are each year or sometimes they happen twice a year, and buy your go to staples of canned vegetables, soups etc in bulk when they cost less.

7. Check the ads for the stores in your area before you go shopping. Do some comparisons to figure out which store or stores have the best prices and to be aware of what is on sale and when.

8. Buy fruits and vegetables in season. This will save you a ton of money. While you may really want a peach in November say for example, they cost a lot more, so you are better off resisting the temptation.

9. Cook your own meals at home. The more you eat out the more you spend. Enough said.

10. Focus on simple and use spices for flavoring rather than more costly sauces. Spices last forever and are really inexpensive. Check out this blog post for some ideas. 5 Fat Free and Allergy Free Spices that Add a Lot of Flavor

10 of My Favorite Blog Posts on Healthy Eating on a Budget

Are you trying to make healthy eating on a budget work for you? If so, you have probably realized that it is easier said than done. In order to help you, here are 10 of my favorite blog posts on healthy eating on a budget.

How to Follow the Autism and ADHD Diet on a Budget This is one of my posts and focuses on how to eat healthy on a budget while helping your child follow the principles of the Autism and ADHD diet as found in the book by the same name.

How to Find Gluten Free Discounts Unless you are brand new to eating gluten free, you’ve probably already discovered that eating gluten free can get expensive fast if you aren’t careful. This is one of my posts designed to help you find discounts on gluten free food.

How to Make Kid Pleasing Gluten Free and Dairy Free Meals Without Breaking the Bank This is another one of my posts, that shares ways to make gluten free and dairy free meals that your child will actually eat and that won’t break the bank. Learn how to make healthy eating on a budget while gluten free and dairy free work for you and your kids.

How to Buy Gluten Free Food Without Going Broke This is another one of my posts similar to the other one, about how to make gluten free eating affordable.

Top 20 Recipes for healthy eating on a budget This post that I found on Pinterest, shares 20 great recipes for healthy eating on a budget.

How to Eat When You are Totally Broke This post from Cosmopolitan has some great advice on how to eat healthy when you are broke.

Save money on grocery shopping This post shares how to save money on grocery shopping.

Eat Gluten Free Without Going Broke Another one of my posts with even more information on how to eat gluten free without going broke.

Practical Ways to Save Money at Whole Foods Want to shop at whole foods without spending your entire budget? Discover how with these tips on healthy eating on a budget while shopping at Whole Foods.

Healthiest Foods for a Tight Budget Learn how to eat healthy on a budget with this post on the healthiest foods for a tight budget.

Which post is your favorite? Share below in the comments.

Are you magnesium deficient?

Are you getting enough magnesium in your diet or through supplementation? If you are like most people the answer is no. I’ve read statistics that say that as much as 90% of us aren’t getting enough and are therefore magnesium deficient.

Why is this happening? The short answer is that we don’t eat enough of the foods that have a high amount of magnesium in them.

When was the last time you ate these foods?

Raw Spinach
Squash and Pumpkin Seeds
Macquerel Fish
Lentils
Black Eyed Peas
Quinoa
Millet
Buckwheat
Avocados
Figs
Bananas

If you are like the average American (and probably Canadian and other Ango-Saxon countries too). Most of these things are not things you eat on a regular basis. Even if you do our bodies actually require more magnesium than you might think. Some of the things we need magnesium for include:

A healthy heart
Healthy circulation
Reduction in inflammation in pain- for example a magnesium spray or supplement can sometimes help to reduce back and leg pain from walking long distances, working out, cramps due to the female menstral cycle and other common causes.
It also helps with focus and concentration as well as proper sleeping habits.
Builds strong bones

What can happen if you don’t get enough magnesium?

Well in addition to the things listed above, a magensium deficincy is also one of the causes of cravings. Did you know that if you are craving chocolate, it usually means that you are magnesium deficent? In fact dark chocolate also has high magnesium. No that doesn’t mean you can just eat chocolate all the time, however, it is one way to get more magnesium.

Check out this article on 7 reasons to get more magnesium.

Magnesium supplements are readily available and easy to use. I really like the spray magnesium from Amazon as it’s easy to use and you can spray it on your stomach, legs and arms for relief and relaxing and it absorbs into your skin and body much easier that way.

Life-flo Pure Magnesium Oil, 8 Ounce