That said, what are the best energy boosting foods? Watch the video below to learn more about ten energy boosting foods you can eat to have more energy.
Last week I wrote a post about the 10 things I always buy at Walmart, so today I thought I would write about the things I never (or almost never buy at Walmart.)
- Essential Oils- Unless this is your first post you’ve read that I’ve written, you probably already know the why on this one. Walmart’s essential oils- (if you can even call them that) aren’t high quality period. They are among the worst, if not the worst around. They are synthetic and cheap and no way are they pure. They sell for way too little money and they usually charge the same amount for each oil. (this is one of the biggest red flags that a brand of essential oils aren’t pure.)
2. Meat- while I’m sure the meat at Walmart isn’t the worst, I prefer higher quality, antibiotic free, and organic when possible and most if not all of Walmart’s meats don’t fit this description. I prefer just about any other store over Walmart for meat.
3. Fruits and Vegetables- while I have bought an occasional fruit or vegetable here and there, I prefer to stick with Smiths (Kroger), Harmons, or Sprouts.
4. Candy- While Walmart’s candy isn’t horrible I prefer to get it elsewhere.
5. Most skin care products- With very few exceptions- Walmart’s skin care products are full of chemicals and aren’t the highest quality. I prefer either Doterra or Trader Joe’s for my skin care products.
6. Clothing- I’ve bought a few clothing items at Walmart and the quality just wan’t good. The items broke or tore really easily and you can find things just as good on sale and clearance at places like Macy’s or TJ maxx.
7. Vitamins- most vitamins at Walmart have sugar, frucose (a form of sugar) and chemicals and dyes listed as the first and often second ingredient. Yuck.
9. Most Gluten free mixes- For whatever reason these are expensive at Walmart. Usually at least $1-$2 more than elsewhere.
10. Dairy Free Milk- Nothing wrong with buying this at Walmart, it is just usually not a good deal.
What do you not buy at Walmart? Tell me in the comments below.
I really believe that everyone can eat healthy. Yes really. You can eat healthy even if you are broke. In fact, if you eat unhealthy, you will likely be broke even more over the long term due to medical bills and other costs. While I realize you may not believe me, keep reading and I will tell you how to eat healthy even if you are broke.
- Avoid processed food or anything that comes in a box. Processed food even if made with healthier ingredients will always cost more than whole unboxed foods. A good example of this is gluten free cookies, crackers etc.They are really expensive. Anything in a box will be more expensive than making it yourself.
- Shop caselot sales for canned food. Most grocery stores have an annual or semi-annual caselot sale when all or almost all of their canned food goes on sale. Save up some money each month for when these sales happen and buy your canned vegetables, fruit, meat etc in bulk.
- Buy vegetables frozen and check sales for fresh vegetables. Frozen vegetables are often quite cheap. For example, Kroger sells their Kroger brand frozen veggies for about $1 per pack on a regular basis. Usually each pack has enough for 2-3 servings.
- Limit meat consumtion. While meat can be really tasty and filling, it can also get expensive. You can save money on eating healthy when broke by limiting how much meat you get and by shopping meat sales.
- Consider bulk shopping and sharing with others. If you are only 1-3 people in your household then bulk shopping at Costco or Sam’s Club or a similar place can get expensive. However, you can find ways to cost share with others on items you use a lot and reduce the cost. Toilet paper, Peanut Butter, Nuts, and bars like Lara bars, Kind Bars etc are examples of things to consider.
- Learn how to cook with spices rather than using a lot of cheeses, powders, creams and other costly flavorings. Check out your local Dollar Tree for bargains on spices. They usually have some good ones for $1. However, you may be able to find them for even less so know your prices per oz.
- Use coupons and apps such as Ibotta.
- If you buy a lot of gluten free, dairy free and other specialty foods consider a membership to Thrive or checkout Vitacost.com
Some great resources to help you even further:
Jordan Page at FunCheaporFree.com
Livingonadime.com Great website with all kinds of recipes and tips for cooking well and (mostly healthy) without breaking the bank.
What other questions and or challenges do you have with eating healthy? Share with me in the comments below and I will reply back.