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Is Eating Healthy as Expensive as We Think?

 

This article is brought to by Inci Hillawi, a friend and fellow blogger, over at Bella’s Apron

 

When you hear the words organic, gluten-free, GMO free, you think dollar signs.  Buying those labeled foods can be more expensive and might raise the bill at the grocery store.  Why you ask?  Well, healthier foods tend to come from smaller production lines or local factories where the food is being processed at low volumes.  Processed foods tend to be high volume production and always seem to be on sale at the store. High volume production is usually associated with lower per unit costs, especially to the end user, which is us as the consumer.  BUT, is it really more expensive to be healthy?  In my personal opinion that is nothing more than a myth we are told so we keep plugging away at the fast and easy unhealthy foods.  Eating healthy means eating less meat, eating more soy based proteins, and buying more vegetable and fruits to fill you up.  That’s much healthier than binge eating junk food. Junk is not only unhealthy, but we also tend to over consume it.   How many people have sat there and gone through a whole bag of chips in one sitting?  I won’t deny it, I have.  Doesn’t mean I’m proud of it.

With that said, how is eating healthier less expensive?  Follow these few simple steps:

  • Plant your own herb and fruit or veggie garden
  • Shop at your local farmers markets
  • Pick your own fruits and veggies at your local farms
    • Summer is a great time to find your local strawberry farms! Sounds like a fun family activity too.
  • Pickle, can, or freeze your fruits, herbs, and vegetables before they spoil
  • Buy dry beans instead of canned goods
  • Bake your own breads, biscuits, and desserts
    • Nothing beats homemade warm buttermilk biscuits vs. the Pillsbury dough boy kind. Sorry dough boy!
  • Make your own stocks and cooked chicken!

Have fun with making your own healthy foods.  Eating healthy helps having a happy, healthier you!  It also could mean less doctor visits from high cholesterol or high blood pressure issues.  If you have kids, it promotes healthier kids too.

Check out Bella’s Apron for similar tips and homemade recipes!  What other ideas do you have to help promote healthy eating without breaking the bank?

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