Strategies for Eating Healthily on a tight budget – Steps to make Clean Eating Cheaper


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Tips for Healthy Eating on a Budget How to Make Clean Eating Cheaper

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Try increasing your use of eggs, beans, seeds, frozen fruits and vegetables, cheaper cuts of meat and whole grains. These all taste great, are cheap. Tips to eat clean on a budget Using your money & groceries most efficiently Get comfortable with cooking. We know it can be intimidating to start but you don’t have to be a master chef in order to whip up something quick and healthy. Don’t be afraid to start cooking.

Here are a few simple tips on how to enjoy Clean Eating, the budget-friendly way: 1. Know what you’re shopping for. Before you head out and pile your cart high with everything that says ‘organic’ or ‘natural,’ do some research on what ‘Clean Eating’ is exactly. Split an appetizer and entrée:The era of nouvelle cuisine, with its dainty but expensive portions, ended a long time ago (thank goodness), and now restaurants tend to pack your plate with too much food.

Practice portion and currency control by sharing. To help you out, here are my top 7 tips for eating clean on a budget: 1. Make it from scratch – Cooking at home saves money over eating out any day. You can even take it one step further and start making food from scratch, which is even cheaper. Tip #6: Order in Bulk. Though there is more of a cost upfront, ordering in bulk can usually save money in the long run.

We order non-perishables like coconut flour, shredded coconut, olive oil, coconut oil, herbal teas, liquid castile soap, almond flour, etc. in bulk from Thrive Market at a discount.. We also order cheese in bulk 10-20 lb blocks from an organic farmer who offers raw cheese. Clean Eating on the Cheap. While clean eating can be a money sucker if you let it, it doesn’t have to break the bank. These tips and shortcuts will help you plan and shop smarter, so you can save those hard earned dollars for something more fun than groceries (or, you know, for paying your rent).

RELATED: The Beginner’s Guide to Clean. It’s not always cheap to eat well, but eating better is within reach for most people if they’re willing to make the effort and get creative about how they shop, cook and eat. As I often say, eating as healthily as possible now is far cheaper than trying to fix medical problems down the road. 8 Tips to Make Clean Eating WAY Easier 1. Junk Your Junk Food.

Start with a kitchen and pantry clean out and toss everything on the “Foods to Avoid” list All about how to eat right, diet and exercise. Fortunately there are a few simple tricks that you can use to keep for family eating well for very little money. Now my family of two eats an all organic diet for less than $200 a month. These ten tricks will help you start feeding your family, however large or small, better foods for less money.

10 Tricks for Clean Eating on a Budget 1.

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– Leave out expensive food items, and cook your meals around cheaper items such as rice and beans, which have the added benefit that they don’t easily expire and that you can buy them in bulk.

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I use these tips and tricks to help cut the cost of general food preparation, cooking, and family eating.

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There’s no shame in using supermarket shortcuts to get your dinner to the table—bags of shredded cabbage and carrots, cut green beans, chopped peppers, asparagus, and so on—if your budget allows; you’ll still be saving lots by not eating out.

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You might be able to share ideas on healthy foods that are less costly or places to shop that are cheaper.

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You may think this sounds cheap, but if you need to save money, these are great, responsible tips to use when you go out to eat.

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lots of great things to eat are relatively inexpensive.

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  • +fitnessblender I bought coconut milk as a dairy substitute, however there’s 23 % of saturated fat and I read the max of saturated fat to consume on foods its 10%. I personally don’t want sat. fat at all. so my question is is this a healthy saturated fat? or its still not good?

  • I have tried every diet on the planet and nothing worked. The will power needed is too much couldn’t
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  • Hi rachel! first of all, I’ve been a big fan of your videos for a long time, the quality of everything you do is amazing. Now, I have a question, now that you have dropped keto, your diet is still being higher in fat or now is more protein dominant? you’re looking great, and thank you!

  • My husband and I (in our 50’s!) have been working out with Fitness Blender and Kelli for over 4 months now. Thank you for providing these free workouts for the average person. It is MUCH appreciated!!

  • LOVE this! I grew up a vegetarian on those “desperation” meals. Every week!:) Only my Dad named them a cute version of our last name. They were ALWAYS the best meals! My taste buds are open to those meals still today!

  • idk where you live but in canada fresh fruit and veggies are hella expensive because we can’t grow that shit up here. We’re basically a frozen wasteland 6 months out of the year and greenhouses don’t work because we often go weeks without seeing the sun

  • Guys. lost lots of weight does not need to be hard (I used to think it did). I’ll give you some tips now. Look for a popular weight loss secrets called Custokebon Secrets (look on google search engine). Thanks to it I’ve lost lots of weight. I should not even be talking about it cause I don’t want a bunch of other guys out there running exactly the same game but whatever. I’m just simply in a excellent mood today so I’ll share the wealth haha.

  • Here’s a tip. It is extremely easy and cheaper, and to make nut buttters. Peanut, almonds, cashews all of them. Get out your blender and add he nuts. That’s it. All the nut butters have added salt and sugar. You don’t need a special blender or food processor. Just any blender and the nuts. No shells but “skin on” is just fine. Be patient with almonds, they will release their oils but it takes an extremely long time. be patient. 20 minutes for almonds is not unusual. Peanuts and cashews….no problems, no time at all.

  • You guys say to avoid anything canned, and to cook dried beans and rice instead. But if you’re cooking a beans & rice dish, where are you going to get olives if you don’t use anything canned? Seems like pretty much all olives you might use in a Mexican beans & rice dish would come canned.

  • Am I the online that just find out you don’t have to prep the frozen part of meal prep and just put it in the container if it will be microwaved? I’m amazed!

  • Thanks for all the great tips. We’ve just bought a house so have to be more thifty and frugal. Got pay those bills and stay ahead.

  • Can you post a video about getting abs for girls? Because apparently there are not so many people who have reached this topic on youtube.

  • You mention that when you’re meal planning, you should pick meals that share ingredients. Can you please do a video on how you decide what to make when you’re planning your meals? The biggest problem I have when meal planning is trying to make meals that share ingredients that aren’t just 3 different versions of stir-fry…

  • did no one think it was suspicious when one of the 1st things she said was “my 2 year old son likes to eat so much he’s so expensive”..? he’s…two…. does he eat more than your grown husband im so confused.

  • You can get all your protein from veggies. You do not need meat that is full of fat and hormones. We do not need as much protein as you think. In fact we overeat protein when we eat meat. Stick to the veggies.

  • Wow, you guys are really inspiring. Makes me want to make a clean dinner right now, haha. This video gave me lots of inspiration, although I knew most of the things already. It is good to hear from you. 

    What kind of things do you usually eat for breakfast? Guessing that that the things you eat for dinner are almost the same as for lunch.

  • Part of this video is a bit hilarious to me, because nuts, pistache, quinoa, chia,  etc  are all hella expensive in my country LOL  And almond/peanut butter basically doesn’t exist.  However,  beans + rice are a national dish, everyone eats it at lunch and/or dinner, (a complete lunch here would be: rice, beans, chicken/fish/meat and salad)   so basically its normal to learn how to cook both rice and beans when you start cooking. Depending on the person, if you say to someone “I don’t eat rice and beans” the person will side eye you, say that you’re going to die or both lol

  • I have been subscribed to you guys for a while and have followed your routines for even longer, however I always avoided thinking about what food you guys would recommend. This is because I’m vegan, and I am adamant about the health, environmental and ethical benefits, so much so that if you guys didn’t recommend it I would be quite upset (although it wouldn’t make me change, I’m far too sure of this lifestyle to do that.) When i heard that you recommend a high fruit, veggie and grain diet (& how you also mentioned veganism!) I was over the moon.
    I just want to thank you guys for being so honest and supportive of every lifestyle, understanding that we’re not all the same but also giving us the hard facts about fitness and dietary requirements.

  • Does Custokebon Secrets really work? I see lots of people keep on speaking about Custokebon Secrets. But Im not sure if it is good enough to lost a lot of weight.

  • Thank you for all the sensible info. I am a single mom with two big boys and have been cooking healthy on the cheap with very little time. I cook whole bags of beans at a time and freeze them in two cup servings for quick use. I also cook my brown rice with red lentils to increase the nutrition and flavour without too much change in texture. Freeze it!! Sometimes all I have time to do is spicy rice, raw veggies and hunk of cheese or egg on a plate but it does the job.

  • The markets here in Sydney, or at least the ones that I know of, tend to be more expensive that produce from Woolies or Coles, is there a certain type of markets you would suggest or know of that are cheaper?

  • I also check store’s clearance shelves because many a time there are products that might be slightly overripe or packaged items that are one or two days past their sell-by date. I often get large bags of spotted bananas which I freeze for smoothies, or veg that go really well in soups or stir fries. I also price match, but I’m not sure if you guys have that. Basically I have an app that shows me all the local grocery sales, and I take it to my store and if their price is higher they give you that discount price. If you have an Asian supermarket anywhere nearby (often near Chinatown) their produce is often much less. It’s all about developing a relationship with your food, knowing what is good/can be salvaged and in season, and taking advantage of stores who insist on selling “perfect” food. I’ve somehow made it work as a vegetarian on $35/week (so unfortunately no tips for meat eaters).

  • Can you guys do a video on being vegetarian or vegan and working out at the same time. Is it good or bad? Recipes? How else could i get my protein besides meat? Thanks! You guys are amazing!

  • The sad thing is, some people don’t have this kind of money to spare on food. A friend of mine is in hospital after a suicide attempt, due to being completely broke. Her story starts here:

    Obviously, being in hospital, she hasn’t been able to update her own story.. Out of all her friends and family, I’m the only person that has been arsed to help her, lending her money over the past few months… but it still wasn’t enough. All she asked for was for people to help with just €1/2 and no-one could be bothered to do that.

    She ended up losing her job, as the stress of her situation caused her performance to suffer.. by the time she’s out of hospital, she will be homeless. Her parents aren’t helping either… they gifted her aunt €10k for a home remodel, but won’t even help their daughter by co-signing a loan..She was begging in the streets before she tried to kill herself..

    Does this sound like I’m begging for help? Probably.. I don’t care.. she is the best friend I’ve ever known.. She would give any friend in need the shirt off her back, and yet, now that she’s in need of help, everyone but me seems to have turned their back on her. I failed to help her before this, but now.. I’m desperate.. I’ve nearly lost her once, and I don’t want to lose her for good..

    I know no-one who reads this will help, most likely… but if you do.. even €1/2.. thank you so much.. truely..

  • I’m just watching the video but the comments section is jumping! And by jumping I mean b!%@#$*&. Don’t worry, no one is ever good enough, especially in the online world where people can say whatever they want without fear of consequences. You’re doing a fantastic job and as always your videos are really good.

  • As a 14 year old recovering from an eating disorder I just want to share the fact is that this is what works for THEM! U make ur own version of “healthy”. I LOVEE fitness blender BC it got me into to Fitness, but I also gain a unhealthy relationship with food. As long as u try to eat as healthiest as YOU can it’s okay. Can foods aren’t the best but that may just have to work for U!��

  • People need to take cooking classes. Eating healthy doesn’t cost that much. Throwing different things together and make a meal.. easy.

  • I agree with all you said but recently i started over eating for dinner..i always have  brown bread rolls and biscuits around. am in UK, so tesco has all kinds of brown bread rolls that are just delicious..i keep binging on it and i cant make myself drop those things off from my shopping list.:( am putting on weight because i pig out during dinner time.:(

  • With $20 I just can buy half gallon of milk, a dozen of eggs and a few apples! I’m single and I spend more money on my food than my sis who has two kids. Quality food is more expensive.

  • Hello guys:). Thank you so much for changing my life,helping me stay fit,your workouts are the best! I know you aren’t vegan guys,but I really want to become vegan.I tried before but I have 2 issues: even though I eat healthy fats I lose weight very fast and I don’t want to lose weight. 2: because I don’t eat red meat,my blood level goes down,which causes under eye bags, I’m cold even its not very cold in Australia during winter and unbearable period cramps, at least that’s what doctor said! So I’d like to know what to eat not to lose weight and keep hight blood level. Thank you <3

  • New subscriber here.. They all look delicious but expensive if you need to buy those spices thats the only thing! I will try many of these recipes thanks for the ideas!

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  • Vegan lifestyle has worked wonders for me I love how they are basically leaning towards it.������ it truly is the best for the body the animals and our planet.

  • If you know other friends on low budgets…talk about buying pantry stables in “bulk” together. From multi packs of toothbrushes to rice.

  • Why does eating beans make you so “gassy”? Hown should j prepare them to avoid the gas or what should I do or not do? I love beans but they make me gassy and burn my stomach at times.


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  • Try peapod, I haven’t been in a supermarket for a year now. You can download the app for free. You can look at ingredients in the product. It shows price per unit, it shows sales as well, best of all….. I can be in front of my fridge & cabinets and know what I need as I stand there in my man thong shopping. Click cash out & what time I want delivery & BOOM!!!!! A guy will be delivering it to my kitchen table and I just put stuff away.

  • Of course she can eat on a tight budget. Shes like 100 lbs and tiny. Shell gut full with a portion of food the size of my thumb. Im a big dude. I need to eat.

  • This is one of the most important videos because healthier food is a lot more expensive and I know a lot of people who can’t afford to eat extremely healthy. Thanks for sharing this. I’m going to show this to a few of my friends.

  • Rachel please more meal preps with frozen stuff. You put them in the freezer again or just in the fridge? And also, using microwave or oven to cook them?

  • It would have been good for you to demonstrate and show the healthy foods just like you demonstrate and show the exercises. Here Your simply speaking about healthy foods. Your exercise videos I enjoy and recommend to friends and family