John Basedow: Eating smart is a challenge, but price should never be a setback to your health. So here are my tips for eating right without making your wallet cry. Save lots of money by doing your own food preparation. Go back to basics. You can do it better and cheaper yourself.
Avoid buying anything that has been pre-peeled, pre-chopped or pre-seasoned to save. Buy all natural foods that don't come in a box, bag, or wrapper. The best prices can be found at local farmer's markets or on the sell rack.
Make plant proteins a part of your diet for impressive savings and health benefits. Dried lentils and beans are incredibly cheap and can be used in place of meat. Plant based proteins are gentler on your heart and eating less meat can reduce heart disease and some cancers.
With half of Americans drinking sugary drinks everyday, switching to water is a no-brainer. Sugary drinks like soda, sports drinks, and juice not only cost a pretty penny, but they also do serious damage to your waistline. Save even more by avoiding bottled water. Invest in a filtration system, and a sturdy water bottle to refill throughout the day.
Something as simple as making a list can save you big at the grocery store, scope out the best sales, and list the exact items you need. Keep an eye on big stock-up sale and buy one get one free events on staples like canned vegetables and beans. Plan out your breakfast, lunch, and dinner to keep track of exactly what you're eating.
Your body is only as good as the food you eat to fuel it. With these shopping tricks, you'll be on your way to eating better for way less than you believe.