Eating Healthy While Saving Money
Replace meats with beans, lentils, soy, or nuts.
These are often less expensive but are just as nutritious as meats, and have lower saturated fat content. You can reduce your grocery bill significantly by eating meatless meals at least two or more times per week.

Do more "scratch" cooking using whole foods instead of processed or prepared foods.

Drink plenty of water, but use filtered tap water instead of buying bottled water.

Use store brands whenever you can. Store brand cereals and canned goods have the same nutritional value as higher-priced national brands.

Stop by your local produce stand or farmer's market if there’s one near you. They can be a great source for healthy bargains. For the best deals, shop often and look for reduced-price produce or end-of-the-day specials.

Practice healthy snacking. Choosing a healthy snack can allow you eat a larger portion, feel fuller longer, and provide you with better nutrition. Replace expensive junk foods with healthy snacks like fresh fruit or healthy homemade treats.

  • Did you know you could eat an 2.5 inch diameter apple instead of 5 gummy bears? Both have around 50 calories but the apple contains 2.5 grams of fiber and lots of small amounts of important nutrients like Vitamin C and Folate.
  • You can also have 46 medium baby carrots instead of 15 potato chips. Both have 160 calories but the carrots are fat free with the chips have 11 grams of fat, 3 of which is saturated fat. Carrots are best known for their high content of beta carotene but are also are a very good source of vitamin C, vitamin K, potassium, and other nutrients like 8 grams of fiber in this portion.

Control your meal serving size. Over the past forty years the standard American dinner plate has increased from a diameter of 9.5 inches to 12.5 inches. Using a smaller plate may be a way for you to control your portions and your calories.