(Closed) How to eat Healthy and Inexpensively?

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
14494 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

We recently bought a really large bag or chicken breasts for super cheap (I think it was 10lbs for $5).  I cooked up a bunch of them in the crock pot and shredded them in the stand mixer.  I portioned it up and vacuum sealed them and from the packages.  Since we are on the run all the time with activities, I pull a few out when we need a quick dinner and make all kinds of things like chicken salad, chicken on salad, chicken tacos, and tons of other things (pinterest is great for finding those types of things).  The best investment I have made in the last few years in my vacuum sealer, it has saved us a ton of money not loosing foods to freezer burn and it lasts longer in both the freezer and the fridge.  I can also just heat things up by throwing a bag into a boiling pot of water.

Post # 4
542 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Frozen Veggies and Frozen fruit! Also, Quinoa is rather inexpensive because it makes a lot, but is a complete protein… you get your nutritional bang for your buck!

But seriously, Frozen veggies are a life saver. You don’t have to worry about waste, and they are much cheaper. They are also a HUGE time save, b/c there is so much less prep and cleaning involved.

To add to the chicken suggestion– this is one of my favorite healthy cheap timesavers; http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2011/02/25/recipe-the-best-whole-chicken-in-a-crock-pot/

When the whole chickens go on sale, stock up. Thow it in the crockpot and not only do you have a bunch of meals for the week, you can then make awesome stock for later recipes, as well. Seriously.

While I’ve never had a weight struggle, I have become a lot healthier this year just by making lunch on Sunday and eating it throughout the week. I could sing the praises of quinoa casserolse to the world. I make one on Sunday, and it lasts the week, and is so cheap and costs about $5 depending on what you add! I’ve done chili, a casserole with butternut squash soup, onion, and cheese, and just simple salads!

Feel free to PM me– I’ve really, really revamped my eating this year and have seen a huge difference in the way I look and feel.


I’ll add I totally cut out the fat-free stuff from my life– they are loaded with fake ingredients and sodium, which does not help. Watching calories from fat is important, but your body needs some fats.


Sorry this is so long! I get excited talking about these things, because I feel there are some really easy, inexpensive solutions that will make this so much easier for you!

Post # 5
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I’m limited on time during the week so one or two weekends a month, I try to prepare all the breakfasts, lunches and dinners that we are going to need.  I’ve calculated out the expense and it’s usually only a few dollars for serving for everything that I need to make all this food for us.  It requires a bit of time on the weekend but I’d rather have that than having nothing to eat and scrambling on a weekday for food.

Post # 6
188 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Green smoothies! The best thing you can do nutritionally and relatively quick and easy to make. Do you have a blender? Throw in for example:

2 bananas

1-2 cups of frozen berries

2-3 packed handfuls of a dark leafy green (spinach, kale, etc)

1-2 cups water (put in 1 cup first, then add more if it doesn’t mix well)

Blend and drink! You can even keep it in the fridge for up to 3 days. I put mine in cleaned out olive/pasta sauce glasses, so I can just grab one on the way to work. This is a raw food with lots of dark leafy greens, so it’s super good for you! Either have it as breakfast or as snack. I now have two per day and a small lunch and I’ve lost weight even though I barely have any to lose! I have more energy and feel slimmer/lighter than ever!

Post # 7
5400 posts
Bee Keeper

Check out the book “wheat belly.”

Post # 8
6221 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

At my thinnest I was working out and eating a lot of chili, eggs, salmon, and salad. It’s mostly about buying what’s on sale and staying away from carbs and processed foods, most of which are the most expensive things we buy in terms of price:nutrition ratio

Post # 9
857 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Tons of fresh fruit and veggies! 

 Stay on the perimeter when you got to the grocery store  – all the bad, processed junk is in the middle aisles. Stick to meat, veggies and healthy dairy and you’ll be good.

Post # 10
1901 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Franklin Plaza

Check out Poor Girl Eats Well.. I have gotten so many ideas from her blog! I mean her tagline is “how to eat ridiculously well on a minuscule budget.” 🙂


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