Food Shopping List: Cheap and Healthy Picks from the Grocery


With the economy going crazy these days, almost everyone is trying to tighten their belts to make ends meet. We either walk to work if it’s possible to save on gas, limit or not have vacations at all, cut cable or telephone subscriptions, and have less frequent visits to shopping malls to avoid expenditure and save money. Unfortunately, even our food choices are affected by the tough economic times. Cheap and convenient choices are often preferred over healthy food choices. Most people have this notion about healthy food being an expensive choice. But cheap and healthy can actually go together.

Planning in advance and using meal plans to create shopping lists is a great way to get your money’s worth. Your list can actually make you see any unhealthy choice and exchange it for better ones. Budgeting is also a big factor. Coupons and store promos could help ease the expenditure too so do not forget to check ahead of time. So what are foods that should be on your cheap and healthy list? Here are some of them.

  • Oatmeal. This is a mainstay to a frugal shopper’s grocery list. There are many reasons why we love oatmeal. It is rich in soluble fiber that decreases cholesterol absorption. It is easy to prepare and can be stored for a longer period of time. It can be mixed with any fruit of your choice. And it fits the budget.
  • Raisins. This makes a great an on-the-go snack. It contains carbohydrates, proteins, and vitamins. It is low-fat and convenient to bring to school or in your office. This is also very cheap and readily available in the market.
  • Carrots. This versatile vegetable can be sliced and eaten raw, cut and put in a stew, or even crushed into a smoothie. It is packed with vitamins and fiber.
  • Leafy greens and vegetables. You can make a salad, an appetizer, or a main dish out of it. It is cheap as well. Just remember not to buy too many because it may go to waste when not eaten for a period of time.
  • Milk. This is rich in calcium and protein. You can buy in gallons depending on the number of people in your household. Also, store it properly to lengthen shelf-life.
  • Yogurt. When stored properly, this will not be spoiled. Yogurt is a delicious and healthy option for breakfast or snack breaks. Sometimes, grocery stores offer bundled promos for things like this, Just watch out for them

Food shopping for cheap and healthy eats is possible. The food listed above are just some of the many nutritious options available.

Inspiring Yourself To Be Healthy

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Being healthy is not just about eating gluten-free snacks or drinking alcohol-free juices. It’s not just about heavy-running early in the morning or dog-walking late in the evening.

Being healthy is about inspiring yourself to be healthy – not just for one day, but for every single day.

Here are some ways:

Do chores at home.

Doing chores is not just a responsibility you need to fulfill at home. It’s also a form of exercise, which can inspire you to be healthy as you go along the day’s activities. Be it as easy as sweeping the floor or as tough as mowing the lawn, you will need every ounce of strength and every ounce of energy to finish everything you need to do – hence, the need to be healthy.

Read health blogs.

Instead of always reading about celebrities and their lives, why not start reading about those who are living healthy and well? There are lots of health and wellness coaches out there. It could be someone like Erin of Naturally Ella or Julia of Lemon Stripes. Regardless, all you need to do is research on the internet for these kinds of people – just as you would when researching on the internet for the latest Hollywood gossip.

Try meditating.

“I can’t find the time to clear my mind.” Believe it or not, you can. Try meditating, even for just 5 minutes.  It will not just allow you to clear your mind, but also make you inspired to be healthy. You see, meditation is not just about doing nothing and thinking nothing. It’s about letting yourself, your most inner self, to rejuvenate your physical condition without going to the doctor. The secret? It’s all in the mind. It’s about harnessing the power of your mind, as well as the power of your emotions, to create a force to reckon with – yourself.