Many Filipinos believe that preparing healthy meals is a hefty ordeal. However, this is far from reality! A strict budget does not necessarily mean that you have to sacrifice the “fitness resolutions” of your family. With a few tricks up your sleeve, shopping for healthy goods and produce can be possible.
Start with these clever tips:
Cook Your Own Meals
Prepare your own meals from scratch as much as you can. Doing so will not only allow you to know what ingredients were used, but also allow you to eat within your means. Use your resources to discover different recipes for your family.
The Web is a treasure trove filled with brilliant nuggets. You simply have to type the keywords: “recipe healthy meals”, in order to receive about 24 million results in under 60 seconds.
Create a Shopping List
There are sound reasons why most finance articles advice you to “create a shopping list and stick to it”. For starters, it helps you to allocate more money towards nutrient-rich food items such as the leafy greens and the seasonal fruits. Then, it lets you skip on the highly processed goods such as the addictive chips and the instant noodles.
Keep your shopping list to a minimum by focusing your meals on similar ingredients throughout the week.
First in, First Out
It takes no genius to conclude that goods perish in distinct times. It is a smart move to consume the highly perishable items (e.g., seafood, fresh herbs, and berries) earlier on to prevent wastage. Make the most out of your buck by revamping your leftovers. Cook excess meat and veggies as a filling for soup, salad, or casserole.
Saving least perishable items for later will allow you to make the most out of your buck.
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Buy Items That Are in Season
It may be tempting to purchase a juicy Watermelon now, but it is not in season in the Philippines. Watermelon’s seasonal availability spans from April until July. Fruits and vegetables that are currently in season are seemingly better options if you are trying to eat healthily on a strict budget. For instance, Papaya and Banana are booming now.
Seasonal fruits and vegetables are typically cheaper, more nutritious, and tastier than out-of-season produce. Use this seasonal fruits chart as a guide to help you decide which ones to put inside your cart on your next visit to the Philippine grocery.
Stock on Nonperishable Items
If you are eyeing on healthy nonperishable items, you are in luck! There is a wide array of options available at your local shopping centers. Stock up on the whole grains and dried beans as these goods are generally inexpensive and are protein-packed.
Dried beans include kidney beans, black beans, chickpeas, and other varieties. Save money by purchasing in bulk. This will ensure that you will have a protein-rich food on-hand at all times.
With strategic planning, you can enjoy immensely nutritious meals while sticking to a tight budget. Continue to follow through your healthy resolution this 2017!