How to Eat Healthy on a Budget

Learn How to Eat Healthy on a Budget

People ask me how to eat healthy on a budget all the time! So I thought I’d answer it today on Ask GolladayFit! Most people want to eat healthy, but they are on a tight budget so they don’t know what to do. If you are in this situation, here are a few tips for you.

Plan, Plan, Plan to Eat Healthy on a Budget

Planning is SO important when you want to eat healthy on a budget. If you plan, you are more likely to succeed! Here are a few things you can plan to help you save money.

– Plan your meals each week
– Plan your food budget each week
– Plan meals around the food you have in your cupboards and fridge already.
– Plan to buy only a few ingredients each week
– Plan to find coupons
– Plan to buy in bulk
– Plan to ONLY buy the amount of fresh foods you can eat before they spoil
– Plan to eat frozen veggies (fresh are best, but frozen is next best)
– Plan to buy store brands if they are cheaper
– Plan to freeze leftovers so they last longer
– Plan to sign up for the store discount card
– Plan to give your children VERY small portions so you don’t waste food
– Plan to shop when you can think clearly and you aren’t hungry
– Plan to double or triple a recipe and freeze the rest for later (saves on time and money)
– Plan to eat meatless meals during the week (healthier and less expensive)
-Plan to incorporate leftovers into your meals
-Plan to be creative with a fruit or veggie and use it different ways during the week
-Plan to plant a garden (fresher and cheaper)

Healthy Foods to Buy on a Budget

There are lots of foods you can eat when you are trying to eat healthy on a budget. Below are a few ideas for you!

-Day old bread. It costs less, but it’s still nutritious (Buy multi-grain bread, Ezekiel bread, gluten free bread, etc.)
– Regular rice, oatmeal and grits instead of the instant kind to save on money, sugar and calories
-Fresh fruits in season when they cost less
-Almond, rice, coconut or 1% milk
-Dried beans and peas (good source of protein)
– Chuck or bottom round roast has less fat, and they are cheaper than sirloin
– Buy meat on sale if you buy it
– Whole fruits and veggies (the pre-cut are more expensive)
– Carrot, greens and red potatoes are good all year round
– Apples and bananas are good all year round
-Lean meats or fish (chicken, salmon, halibut, etc.). Costco and Sam’s Club have good deals on fish
-Whole wheat tortillas
– Only buy these foods organic- peaches, apples, sweet bell peppers, celery, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, pears, grapes, imported spinach, lettuce potatoes
-Join a community supported agriculture program
-Can, dry or freeze fruits and veggies when they are cheap. They will be lower in cost, but high in nutrition when you need them later

Foods to AVOID
– Pre-bagged salad mixes. They are more expensive and spoil faster
-White breads of all kind
-Frozen dinners (even if they say they are healthy, they are NOT!)
-Pre-packaged meats (especially lunch meats)
– DON’T eat fast food (it’s not nutritious, and it costs more)
-Avoid processed foods in general

Need Help?
If you need help eating healthy on a budget, comment below or email me at GolladayFit at I’d be happy to help you with your individual needs.


About The Author


Hi! My name is Shannon Golladay! I'm married and have three little girls. I am passionate about helping moms feel and look amazing! I struggled with my weight during and after my pregnancies. I found a way to workout at home and get in awesome shape! Now I'm paying it forward and helping other moms like me reach their goals.

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