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Eating Healthy and Frugal

By January 18, 2016 Fit Living, Frugal Living
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Do you find yourself saying, “I can’t eat healthy and be frugal!”?

When we think of eating healthy we think it is expensive!

Yes, most of the time healthy food is more expensive than unhealthy food. The drive through dollar menu is cheap. Unfortunately, these foods are leaving us unhealthy and paying very expensive medical bills.

You have to make the decision if you want to be healthy and draw the line. Have a plan and stick to it. Planning ahead pays off in many ways.

Frugal and Healthy can go hand in hand!

I will give you some ideas in today’s blog for what you can buy frugally to eat that is still healthy.

You will want to start looking for nutrient dense foods avoiding the nutrient deficient such as white bread or ramen.


Vegetables can be expensive! So don’t be afraid to purchase frozen. Fresh are the best choice but frozen are picked and then frozen at peak ripeness. Frozen foods also stay edible for longer. Don’t forget to check out farmers’ markets for deals on vegetables.

Kale and leafy greens are packed with vitamins. Try cooking  for best flavor. Kale chips are great.

Cabbage has antioxidants, fiber, and vitamin C.  Add to soup, stir fry, or sandwiches.

Broccoli fresh or frozen is a great choice and nutrient packed.

Spinach provides minerals, vitamins, fiber and protein. Add to salads to increase nutrients.

Carrots have tons of  vitamin A and  good carbs. Add to salads or soup.


Meats. Chicken and turkey are better choices than beef of course. Don’t forget beef though as it also adds specific fats and nutrients.

Eggs are a simple yet great source for protein.

Canned Tuna is a lean protein source with loads of protein. Other canned fish is also a great option.

Legumes like beans, chickpeas and lentils are great choices.

Protein Powder can be used when you are low on protein and need to add some extra to your diet. Protein shakes are great for breakfast or post workout snacks.

Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, nut butter, and quinoa are all cheap protein options to keep in mind.


Fruits can be very costly. Keep frozen in mind when buying them.

Watermelon contains vitamins A and C, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, and lycopene an antioxidant.

Bananas are a great source of carbs and tons of potassium. Eat as a snack, add to oatmeal, or try as a frozen treat.

Plums provide vitamin K, A, and C with fiber and carbs.

Pears give fiber and vitamin C.

Cantaloupe, apricots, kiwi, and nectarines are fruits you don’t want to forget about as well as dried fruits.



Other options for frugal foods to keep in mind

Oats are very cheap and contain carbs and protein (lots) as well as thiamin, magnesium, folate, and phosphorus.

Milk is high in protein, calcium, and vitamin D.

Avocados can be costly but you can stock up on them when they are on sale. They are very nutrient dense.  Add them to salads or eat them plain.

Sweet Potato is a better option than white potatoes. Try slicing them and covering with olive oil then baking for 12  minutes each side (yummy).

Olive oil is a good fat source.

Almonds, Almond butter, and Walnuts provide protein and fat at a great value.


If you want to be frugal and eat healthy just have a plan. Take advantage of sales and the frozen section as well as farmers markets.

Comment below with your favorite foods to eat on a budget and how you stay on a budget while eating healthy.

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