I don’t want to say I’m a pro when it comes to eating clean or healthy, but I have a pretty good idea of what it is like to eat clean. Being allergic to corn, I can’t eat a lot of food or even go out to eat like other people can. I have to pretty much eat fresh foods. Not only that, I use my food as my medicine rather than pills. Here are a few tricks that I have learned along the way with eating healthy while keeping my wallet happy.
Always Shop What is on Sale.
I shape my grocery list around what is on sale. There are a few non-sale items that make it on my list, but about 90% of what I buy is on sale or is having some kind of deal or special on them. It is my version of couponing, without carrying all those pieces of paper around. The best thing about this is it forces me to try new things, and get out of my comfort zone sometimes.
Avoid Packaged Food
Not only is it more expensive, it isn’t very good for your body either. As someone who has a corn allergy, packaged food almost always has traces of corn in them. Plus no one needs to eat a bunch of chemicals that aren’t helping them out.
Buy Spices in Bulk
Have you ever noticed how outrageous spices are? I only noticed it when I had to restock everything in my spice cabinet after my last move. Those suckers add up, and add up quick. I go to the bulk section of Sprouts Farmers Market and get little baggies of herbs and spices. This is way easier on my pocketbook. I then just refill the old spice containers. I recently purchased these Libbey Jars to put my new spices in. I absolutely love them! I’m still figuring out the whole labeling process though.
Make Enough for 2 Meals for Leftovers
Since I mainly cook for just 2 people, I almost always have leftovers. I stir-fry a lot and don’t mind having it for lunch on another day. So this will make 2 lunch meals at some point in the next week. This makes it so much easier on me, and I don’t have to eat the same thing everyday for lunch. So it is a win-win! For me.
Freeze Your Leftovers
Often times I find myself with a lot of leftovers so I pack them in single serve containers and stick a couple in the freezer. This comes in handy not only for lunches at work, but also for the nights I want to be lazy and don’t feel like cooking anything. Makes life easier down the road. I do this a lot with soup, since I always make a giant pot.
What are somethings that you do to eat healthy, but still keep your pocket happy?