Having a busy lifestyle and family to care for can take up a lot of your time. Moms in particular struggle to balance work life, personal time, and providing meals for their families. It is difficult to have quality family time or cook every night when your schedule is busy, especially when both parents work outside the home. It is easier to opt for a pizza on a Friday night, or fast microwavable dinners. A night out at your favorite restaurant does provide a positive experience for the entire family. Is it cost-effective in the long-run?
We live in a time where we are becoming more aware of the foods we are eating. Companies are now eliminating preservatives, and labeling their foods as non-GMO for consumers looking for healthier options. General Mills and Ben & Jerry’s, are among the companies that are eliminating preservatives from their products and opting for non-gmo. Fast-food restaurant chain Chipotle recently set the bar even higher by totally eliminating GMOs from their foods setting a new standard for the restaurant world.
As we continue to learn more about the connecting between the foods that we eat and disease, people are changing their lifestyles and opting for healthier meals. Whole Foods offers a variety of organic foods to choose from. They also carry a list of all non-gmo foods for consumers. Yet Many Americans claim their budget doesn’t allow them to purchase organic food. While eating healthier can be more expensive, could prioritising expenses also help in budgeting a healthier diet?
Let’s consider some practical options.
Some Practical Ways to Eat Healthy While Saving Money
- Make a family meal together. Preparing a meal together as a family early in the week can be time efficient and cost you less in the long-run. Having left-overs eliminates the stress of having to buy food on a daily basis. Imagine how much you might save a week if everyone in the household took left-overs to work and school? It would save having to spend money for meals. It would also save you time in cooking at least for a few nights, depending on how much was left over.
- Cut down on other expenses. Let’s face it, Americans like to spend money. We like to go to the mall and award ourselves for a week’s worth of work. Heck, we deserve it! Yet we sometimes don’t create a budget for ourselves when we do that shopping. Why not cut down on extra expenses and set aside money for food. Create a jar specifically for healthy foods. Support your local farmer’s market and encourage your family to eat healthy!
- Grow your own veggies. Buying soil and a pot at your Local Home Depot or Lowe’s and grow your own veggies is actually quite fun. Make it a positive family event. Have your children purchase their own pots that they can paint and personalize. Have them pick their own seeds to grow! If you live in an apartment complex, and don’t have the luxury of a backyard, hang your pots near the balcony window. Juice your vegetables! Juicing is becoming an ever-popular option for many who want to alkalize their bodies, brain clarity. Who doesn’t want to think and feel better!
- Get your coupons! You don’t have to become obsessive like the crazy coupon lady, but being mindful about your spending will help you save. Health food stores provide coupons, and if you join their mailing list, they’ll send you a list of particular days of the week when those items that you love will be on sale. Save those coupons!
With obesity, cancer and heart disease among the deadliest diseases in our country, it’s no wonder so many are adjusting their diets to make room for healthier foods. The positive thing is that eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring or expensive! Crossing MCDonald’s off of your fast-food restaurant list and opting for healthier is a step in a positive direction. Set a realistic budget for your family! Invest in your health.