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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Substituting fruit and veggies for some of the snacks and cookies doesn’t cost any more.

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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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A few tips for saving money in each of the four food groups follow:

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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!

  • As a way to strengthen the existence of my “good” cholesterol and also reduce the “bad” cholesterol I possess, I applied having this amazing cholesterol tutorial “Hοzantο Axy” (Google it). I am not certain if this is made like this manner. Since I have not tested it and so I do not have any idea if this works. I am really excited for 30 days ahead in order to get my cholesterol level checked. Based upon almost everything I`ve examine, this will truly help..

  • 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

  • So eating bread is out of the question? Also, for some reason when I cook beans they become little hard pebbles. How do not do this?

  • i really liked this video! these tips are very helpful, even though i use most of them already! i love all sorts of beans and i try to buy the dry ones but they do take a lot of time to prepare (especially chick peas that have to soak over night) and then i buy canned beans from time to time…what’s bad about them? i guess the fresher they are the healthier? thank you so much for your tips anyway:)

  • Thank you so much for this video!! I like making a list about groceries but sometimes I need a reminder of how important it is and how much it helps!

  • I love these tips! I picked up a lot of them over the years as I learned about healthy eating while losing the extra pounds. I cracked up at the “Desperation” meals (made from anything left in the fridge). I do that too! Thanks for the great advice.

  • I’ve always struggled with losing weight because I can never afford to buy expensive healthy food. Everything healthy is so much more exepensive

  • As you said you haven’t lived in any other country, in my opinion quality and the price you get for good in Australia is much better than many other countries

  • Joanna, about how much money do I need to budget on a tight budget each month to eat this way on a budget, on average? $100? $150? $200? Thank you.

  • I’ve been clean eating for 3 months now (at least trying to!) and it really makes so much difference. I feel so much better and the fat is just melting away, it’s amazing. Sure the working out helps too, but I feel it’s the diet that makes the most difference.

  • Tea is a great replacement for soda. Fruit tea, herbal tea, regular tea. Many brands will post out samples of new flavors for free. Homemade vegetable and bone broth is also a great flavourful “drink”.

  • #Jennifer Boren One of the videos that turned me into going a more lacto-vegetarian life style. I try my best to limit diary products but at the same time never felt better. Thank you Fitnessblender! You really brought down my grocery bill. @Rosy Ruiz

  • How is nuts cheaper than biscuits? Almonds is £4 n basic biscuit is 40p. I’m not in a budget I spend £260 per month on a healthy high protein diet. It’s me n hubby plus I’m preg I won’t jeopardise nutrients for the baby. I spent £30 on omega oil����

  • I love your common sense and relaxed approach to food. Food is a great gift, not a battle ground. We enjoy our once a week “burger and fries” day to eat out and really enjoy the treat. The rest of the week I really think about whole fruits, veggies, whole grains, plant-based fats. I want to model the joy of food for my teen daughter that mom can maintain her ideal weight without a whole lot of fuss. And if she wants ice cream once a week, savor that ONE scoop and enjoy without guilt. You guys are great. We need to hear your voice in the “mad sell” world of fitness. Refreshing!

  • I can attest to the fact that keto is hella expensive. I’ve eaten a couple different diets and, in my experience, this one wins lol

  • I love to watch all of your videos I learn so much from you and your explanation is on the money and I tried to take your advice and try to make it properly like I said I’m very Multi Task I love to Try everything….

  • I have already been working with this cholesterol guidebook “Hοzantο Axy” (Google it) to help reduce my own bad cholesterol and also increase good cholesterol. For several months of utilizing it, my cholesterol has much better drastically. My energy is boosting and my thinking is so much clearer at this point..

  • These videos are so misleading. Stop with the “oh they’re only $1.50 a serving!” Tell me how much you spent at the grocery store to buy all the ingredients. A person actually living on a budget doesn’t care how cheap it is per serving, we want to know how much I’ll be spending when I check out. You only used $0.45 of quinoa? A bag of quinoa is like $3.50. I would not be spending $1.29 on a meal, I’d be spending almost $7 to buy all the ingredients, and that’s a big difference for people who live paycheck to paycheck.

  • It all depends on your area too. My health counselor was shocked when I walked through our grocery stores with her on the phone and told her the prices for some of the things she always recommends as cheap. That size of off brand canned salmon is 3.50 here, for instance. Some things are cheaper, but the proteins are always twice as much as these lists. There is also the part where most of us can’t afford a dinner that costs $20 for our family, even if there is leftovers for the next day. Can’t hurt to get some ideas you can tailor to suit your family from these videos though:)

  • 20 tips from Joanna Soh Timestamps and Too long did not watch version.

    1 0:50 Forget about Brands! Buy Generic/Store brands it’s all the same. Saves money.
    2 1:41 Buy sale items (hur dur). Go late at night, almost closed, will find most of these items at that time apparently.
    3 2:27 Buy in bulk
    4 3:14 Buy Frozen Vegetables
    5 4:00 Buy more vegetables and put more in meals, cheaper than meat and such!
    6 4:28 Find cheap protein, like eggs, chicken fillets, fish, etc.
    7 5:17 Buy whole foods, usually cheaper and healthier.
    8 6:02 Don’t worry about organic if you’re on a budget.
    9 7:24 Buy Seasonal fruits and vegetables
    10 7:51 Shop local markets, sometimes much cheaper
    11 8:27 Keep it simple and ‘eat like the locals’. Local foods are generally cheaper than imported. IE: Milk and cheese are pretty cheap in west, toffuu is cheap in asia.
    12 9:13 Avoid impulse buying, buy things that are needed, avoid simply wants. Make a list, go in, get your stuff, get out.
    13 9:46 Cook in bulk. Saves money and time. Stick in fridge and freezer.
    14 10:15 Learn to store food properly. IE: Freezing and such.
    15 11:01 Keep meals simple. Complicated meals take too long, costs too much, stressful, etc.
    16 11:46 Cut junk food out completely/as much as possible. Healthier and cheaper if can be replaced with healthier alternatives.
    17 12:24 Gift cards, coupons, pointscards, etc.
    18 12:55 Don’t buy water, ie bottles of water.
    19 13:12 Quantity doesn’t always equal quality. Certain foods fill you up longer than others, ie: (some kind of bread vs white bread, couldn’t understand her.)
    20 14:05 Mix ‘unhealthy’ with ‘healthy’ if healthy is more expensive. ie: Brown rice with white rice in the same dish.

  • Very good videos! I still prefer organics foods and fresh vegetables, so I grow my own organics vegetables and herbs in pots(if you have good organics land in your compound, then grow them in the ground) which are healthier and cheap too!


  • Maaaaan, Walmart was selling pints of strawberries for 98 cents. I thought they would look beat up, but they were actually better than okay. I’m stocking up and freezing them. lol

  • This is my 45th video with you and WOW today I actually DID DID NOT buy a convention oven that I DID NOT NEED! but oh, it was half price HALF and oh I almost… almost… yet realized what comes first… my integrity! I would have only ended up giving it away and, thus, would have lost that “half” of income. THANK YOU for your consistent advice to live a “nicer” lifestyle…

  • Thank you for tge tip s coz i am very low budget but i wanted to live healthy lifestyle… coz i struggle my heath not gaining weight.. i am skinny butt i am my best to livee healthy lifestyle 😉

  • could you pls make a video where you show us tips on how to go grocery shopping so that the food you buy will not just be finished in one week or so

  • I try to avoid seafood as much as possible, at least ever since I found out the dangers of mercury, seafood allergies, undercooked fish, etc.

  • Thats not a meal. The doc himself I bet wouldnt eat this stuff and dude you can talk to a woman without touching her every 30 seconds. Quit being so grabby Harvey.

  • I’ll be old enough to get a job next year and I honestly can’t wait. I’ve been wanting to eat healthy for a while but I can’t afford it and obviously I still live at home so I just have to deal with what my mom buys. Every time I try to talk to her about getting/eating healthier she just laughs and shuts me down.

  • Anyone know what is Custokebon Secrets about? I hear a lot of people lost crazy amounts of weight with Custokebon Secrets (google search it).

  • When I go food shopping I always get whatever fruit and veggies are in sale. I’m not vegan or vegetarian but there isn’t a fruit or vegetable that I don’t like so this method works for me. It is a really good way to save money, have variety and even try new things. Great tip!

  • My personal advice is to approach the season of fruits and vegetables. I usually buy them and freeze and later I can enjoy them in the winter.There are also many vegatebles which stay a lot of time like patatoes, onions,pumpkins..

  • You are a great trainer, teacher, ideal and everything for a healthy and funny lifestyle. I really suffer from the issue of budging and thanks for your inspiring.

  • Great tips. Also if you haven’t shopped at Aldi before, I highly recommend them, they have great prices and great quality. Also just wanted to say “hi” because I live in the same area of CT as you!

  • Love your channel and you Rachel.

    Also hooked on your friend/roommate Rachel Lee too!!

    Any chance you can do a video on how to initially set up with kitchen larder, kitchen utensils and equipment for making meals and meal prep but with your minimalist thinking/design??

    I am in the process of setting up my first purchases for my own kitchen and just want a slimline collection of kitchen items and also be health conscious when purchasing too? I suffer with Hashimoto’s Thyroid issue since I was young and am always discovering new issues that cause my issues to get worse. I’ve recently discovered i need to stay away from storing food in plastics and using pans/cooking pots that have teflon coating as they are chemicals which in turn slowly poison and cause extra fatigue on my body to filter out….

    Any advice or tips you’ve picked up I would (and many others) would be eternally grateful.
    Love and blessings xxxx

  • If you are aiming for a healthy diet, why wouldn’t you eat more plant proteins than meats? Even chicken has cholesterol and the nutrients have already passed through that animal that has consumed them. Why not spend less $ and get the nutrients straight from the source? It’s also loads better for the environment and doesn’t cause an animal a life of suffering. Organic, grass fed or free range do nothing for the animal and only make you feel better about purchasing.

  • I wish someone would make an actual coupon Ing video where it breaks it down step-by-step so like step one would be, acquiring the coupons. Then like step two would be whether you’re getting an ad to compare or how that works. Then step three might be you actually going to the store and utilizing those coupons with Sales or what not so we can see how it breaks down step-by-step. I am a beginner at couponing And I have watched several YouTube videos on coupon and I had an epic fail my first time LOL. There are no coupon in classes in my area to take and I’m really wanting to learn this system. I mean like extreme coupon Ing. So I need the part where you’re at the store you’re comparing coupons with Sales and how you get things for $.59 as opposed to two dollars I’m confused on it. So many people break this procedure up into several videos and then you can’t find one, or you just don’t see an important step because it’s in another video etc.

  • for y’all saying she is over budget, it depends where you live on how much the ingredients are, but she said its per serving, not ingredient. therefore, if you have 3 meals, that’s about $4.50 a day or around $32 a week. thats incredibly reasonable price and you can even go over that to experiment more. you just have to educate yourself and find the best prices

  • ya you may be using 1.50 worth of each ingredient but this is not 1.50 cooking on budget… oat flour/kale/eggs/potatos etc..sometimes even bananas are much more than 1.50

  • You guys really do a fantastic job in promoting health and wellness. I love your workouts and always look forward to your videos. I think you’re the first fitness outlet that actually makes sense and puts out SOLID nutrition advice, no gimmicks or anything. Thank you for the insightful video. I definitely recommend your philosophy and videos to my nutrition clients. Fantastic work guys!  

  • I highly appreciate that you just get straight to the point. I’m tired of watching half an hour long videos with basically the same information. Love it!

  • So grateful I found you videos on youtube! I finally feel like I found someone who explains living a healthy life that is in line with what I can do. Thank you so much! -Katie, BC, Canada

  • ze one and only meal prep queen! loved the editing as always xx
    another tip though ; everytime i shop just an hour or so before the store closes most of the products have usually a discount.

  • Another thing I do with fruits and vegetables is if they try getting over ripe or I kind of run out of recipe room for them, I will cut them up and freeze them for later. Fruits go into smoothies later and veggies go into stir fry, soups, or any other dish that has veggies in them.

  • Thank you for this! PEople tend to think eating healthy is impossible, but it’s not if you shop smart and buy in bulk/frozen etc.:D

  • So true about pre-cut fruit/veggies. I literally just came from grocery shopping (putting away my groceries while watching this.). I wanted some watermelon. I was hoping for a small piece that I could cut up, but my options were only a whole seedless watermelon for 29 cents per pound or. presided for $3.99 per pound. The small container of pre-sliced was $5.99, The smallest watermelon I could find was 13.52 pounds and came to $3.92. I will probably fill 3-4 containers from this entire melon! (Guessing here). I don’t even think it will take me a long time to slice. Maybe 1-2 YouTube videos.:)

  • I went to uni in Australia, so I understand completely when you said that the price of processed food in Australia is insanely expensive. ��

    One good thing is that it drives people (or maybe just me) to cook for myself and therefore having much more healthier option, rather than live somewhere with really cheap processed and take out food that aren’t exactly healthy.

  • These are good ideas. It tells you the price per serving and that really doesn’t help.
    If you had only $20 and no other money, and none of these ingredients on hand, and you had to buy them all, even for just one of these “meals,” it would add up fast. Too fast.

  • he forgot to mention tha broth gonna cost you at least $2 or $3.That canned salmon is gonna be high sodium.And how the hell are you suppose to survive on only that all month?

  • For someone who is currently trying to eat as healthy as possible to clear their skin & tone up, but also save for travel and life in general this is perfect! Great video as always girl xx also your EDITING!! Teach me your ways!

  • You can make the banana pancakes simpler and cheaper:
    One egg, one banana, mush it all up (maybe add water if you wanna thin it out) and fry in a pan like normal. Like she said, the spottier the banana the better!

  • I’m really enjoying your newer videos! You seem much happier and look amazing girl! I’m so happy for you. Thanks for the great advice!

  • I disagree with equal quality on breads and such but other than that yeah your right, I go for store brand a lot now when on a budget. Honestly I can afford to get everything I like, but then I can really build up a savings, so I tighten up my food shopping when I want to try and build my account up a little, otherwise I could spend 600 bucks a month on food, I hate when I do that.

  • Such good tips and beautiful to watch as always �� sometimes I try to see how long I can wait to shop, maybe an extra day or two than i initially wanted to and I will get creative with whatever is left in my fridge/freezer/pantry! I’ve come up with some tasty meals this way!

  • Uh, no, The soup looks disgusting, powdered peanut butter is more expensive then regular peanut butter, the salmon is a good idea but the way he’s got it a serving would be about teaspoon so screw that, and buying Quinoa in a box like that is actually the expensive way tot do it….go to whatever your local healthfood store is, buy a big bulk bag of it it’s way cheaper.

  • I pick my own fruits nd vegetables when they are in season at local and nearby farms. For example, there is a sweet potato farm ten minutes from my house and I can pick as many as I want for free! IfI go to a nursery/farm it only costs a few dollars ($5-$8) for a quart size bucket. I live in the states, so I’m not sure what it’s like in other parts of the world. Hope this helps some of you! ��

  • Hi Guys! I’d like to know what you eat for breakfast and if you have some tips for skinny people having saddlebags issues. Thanks and keep up the good work!!!

  • Oooooooo i did not know that you’re pregnant!!!!!!!!…….. welcome to the mom’s club!!! You look pretty…. i hope you’re enjoy your waiting months….

  • I would stay away from vegetable oils of any kind.  Coconut oil and bacon fat (yes, from pastured piggies) are good to cook with.  For dairy I would say try to get raw.  Eggs from pasture raised chickens are really good too!  Don’t forget organ meats if you do eat meat.  They pack so much more of a nutritional punch than regular muscle meat.

  • One of the videos that turned me into going a more lacto-vegetarian life style. I try my best to limit diary products but at the same time never felt better. Thank you Fitnessblender! You really brought down my grocery bill.

  • This specific cholesterol guidebook “Hοzantο Axy” (Google it) is not just premium quality medicine but reasonably priced too. I started to utilize this adhering to my doctor`s recommendations to lessen my blood cholesterol. I got it for over Two weeks. It is great! The discomfort has vanished and my energy level has grown in each day. I am gaining better results on my labs..

  • Great Video! really appreciate the tips! Diet is the biggest struggle I currently have and working on balancing budget, convenience and health is the biggest step to looking your best!

  • We eat millet, make stew out of it, breads, spice side dishes etc. Some of them are now becoming health fad nowadays which are too common for us in India. I make fresh meal for all three meals. No canned stuff as those things go waayy out of my budget. 

  • Why is it that they pay you less for eating healthy but they pay you more for eating unhealthy? This world is wicked and ran by Satan

  • Hey for all you people on here telling details on how disgusting the food is that us poor people have to eat. When shit gets real and it comes down to my children going to bed hungry or eating caged chickens that eat each other guess what bitches??? Bye bye chicky. Remember this the next time you decide to open your self rightoues mouths and judge people for the choices they are sometimes forced to make, don’t forget there are many families eating out the local dumpster tonight scavenging through your fucking shit paper to feed themselves.. The only thing disgusting here, is you idiots that snurl your nose an point your little free range fingers thinking your better. Fucking ASSHOLES

  • Oh my gosh this was so helpful!!! You’re so straight forward and down to earth!�� I’m starting college soon so this will definitely help! Thank you!✨

  • This is a brilliant, beautiful-looking, and useful video. I might try to apply some for myself. The thing is I currently live with my family and their diet is not the healthiest, with plenty of snacks, instant noodles always stocked in the pantry, and a lot of deep fried, flour coated food. There’s always vegetable soup, but even that is usually rather heavily seasoned. I ended up always sautéing or steaming my own spinach or and boiling my own eggs, but nevertheless this video is still helpful.

  • That’s per serving tho, the total price is probably around 5 to 6 bucks. For some items. Canned salmon is around 2ish dollars a can. So it adds up for a family meal

  • Cook ur food in mud vessels,and prevent metals entering ur body by cooking in metal vessels and food get poison,I can send mud vessels

  • A lot of stores have curbside pick up. I shop online for my food, then pick it up. Sooo much easier! I don’t over spend and I don’t have kids dragging me everywhere.

  • no lie ive gotten in the best shape of my life off canned spinach and rotisserie chicken i was spending 20-30 dollars a week on food and only eating at home my bank account gotta lil more mature lol

  • It’s not more expensive at all. I’m sorry but a sac of sweet potatoes and veggies and chicken are way cheaper than hot dogs, frozen fries, and boxes of cookies. All these are excuses to eat unhealthy. Yes, if you go out to eat unhealthy foods are WAY cheaper. But thats why you’ll just have to prepare things.

  • I really wish people would stop using that ridiculous phrase “real world”. If you exist, you’re in the real world. You can still live at home and know how crappy things can be/are. Everything that involves existing is the real world.

  • Can confirm:
    In the US getting a week’s worth of fresh produce and meats are unreasonably more expensive than say… getting boxes of mac ‘n’ cheese and hamburger helper or ordering off the $1 menu at McDonald’s. Being poor totally screws with your health when you only have enough food for today.

  • I’m not being funny, just need to ask—how do you keep from farting up a storm eating so many beans. Do you take Bean-o? I know when you don’t eat much meat it won’t smell, but beans do affect our bodies that certain way. I want to take off meats from our diet at home by substituting beans, but I’m really, genuinely worried.

  • Please stop touching women like that it is creepy and makes lots of them feel uncomfortable. There was the one who lost heaps of weight and you did it and it was so inappropriate. It’s not a metoo thing it’s just that some men don’t get that it feels patronizing and unnecessary. 00:54 she is not a little girl who needs to be taken by the hand she looks at the camera and that look says it all: 1:42 she actually moves away when he touches her arm. You need to look at the body language the person has you are talking to!

  • So many know it alls in these comments. Everyone needs to stop trying to be their idea of perfect. Bunch of self righteous asses in here.

  • load yourself with carrots, tomatoes and sweet potatoes guys. Carrots can be stored in fridge for nearly a month. Tomatoes go well with everything. And sweet potatoes are nutritious and fulfilling.

  • Hello fitness blender, please tell me your insights of eating only raw banana to lose weight? Is it an ideal eating habits? Or do we just stack up fat, i am really looking forward for your reply soonest.

  • I am so lucky to live in Ecuador ����. You get like 8 avocados for 1$ haha, also fruits and vegetables are incredibly cheap. Fitness blender you guys are so awesome and so intelligent and profesional. Kelly you are an amazing women I admire you so much! I am plant based and I’m loving it!!!! Love u guys! I lost 6 kg with your amazing workouts. ❤❤

  • Your hair is looking really soft and healthy! not that it wasn’t before, but I haven’t watched your videos in a while (nothing personal) and I just think it looks nice.

  • Love you guys! Just wanted to send you a general heart-felt thank you for all your hard work. I love your workouts!!
    Also, I often just cut a yam/sweet potato into cubes and toss them on a baking pan with coconut oil. It’s ready in about half an hour to 45 mins and with a bit of sea salt it tastes so yummy and is very nutritious. 

  • I guess she never shopped at the 99 cent only store. I can get 3 large sweet potatoes for one dollar. People are shopping at the wrong store!

  • When I started slow cooking the beans (per your video) with several rinses and soaking first, we noticed that they cause little or no gas. Now I always have a whole bag of slow-cooked beans in the fridge/freezer and eat them almost daily in all kinds of ways from your omnivore plan. We feel great! ��

  • I love this. I made up my own cheap health meal for a few yeah but thes are great tips i could use in my own shopping and cooking. Big thanks from Kansas city, Missouri

  • Why do people especially cooks don’t use the article “an” before a vowel? I noticed that on the Food Network too.. They always says “a” energizing treat or “a” avocado toast… use the article “an” before a vowels please or is this a cooking thing?

  • bus that is so expensive still, compared to what it could be, i make full meals ( not just one part of them like in this video ) and they are often under $1 a serving sometimes, for the WHOLE meal, not just 1 part of it!!!

  • Super helpful video! Do you think I’d still be able to get my hands on that acne studios sweatshirt you are wearing? I’m obsessed ��

  • Just to clarify, Do you normally keep your veg frozen when adding the cooked meat to it (for meal prep)? This is brilliant I never would have though of that! thank you!

  • I’m not a model of healthy eating, but for those interested here is a rough groceries list for 3 weeks (around usd130/cad165/€120): 5 apples, 2 grapefruit, 15 bags of frozen blueberries, berry mix, green veggies mix, edamame, tuscan kale (3 bags of each), winter squash, broccoli, collard leaves, 3 onions, 2 bell peppers; coconut or olive oil, some spices (pepper, cumin, chili powder & dry ginger); (almond) milk, greek yogurt; rolled oats, brown rice, quinoa, kidney beans and chick peas (around 10lbs/5kgs total); 5 peeled tomatoes in cans no salt added.
    For meals I go fruits only for breakfast, steamed or sautéed veggies with grains/legumes for lunch and dinner. I soak the beans & quinoa during the weekend and refrigerate or freeze what I don’t cook. Veggies take under 20min, especially steamed. Leftovers go in a soup or a wrap (collard leaves). You can swap the 3 bags of edamame and the kidney beans for eggs and chicken/turkey if you’re not vegetarian, and swap the greek yogurt for sauerkraut if you’re vegan. No fancy food so anyone can get those.
    I know it seems like a lot of money but like Kelli and Daniel said it’s good investment. I know you can get all these for even cheaper, I am limited to the groceries stores i can reach by bus during the winter. I am excited about Spring and its bountiful of fresh produce!

  • Wow!  I always liked your channel, but I’m very pleased to see that you’re offering such  scientifically & medically sound dietary advice.  Really refreshing!  And since I’m a whole food vegan, I’m doubly pleased that you’re encouraging people to eat as little animal-derived food as possible.  I always thought you guys were a great couple that produced some  sensible exercise videos,  but my respect for your perspective on  health and fitness has increased by a couple of orders of magnitude.   I hope you enjoy continued success and that your channel continues to grow in popularity and influence!

  • I know he’s a doctor and he likes to focus on health. But, none of these taste good. You realize kids got to eat this too and we can’t just let them starve or force food down their throat.

  • I know it might put me a little over budget, but if I wanted to add a protein to the stew recipe, what protein would you recommend and how would I do it in the context of the lentil stew recipe you show here?

    Also, what kind of pot are you using with the lentil stew recipe? Is it ceramic and enamel? Cast iron and enamel? What brand? And what size or how many quarts?

    Thank you for helping to liberate me from years of frozen dinners and less healthy food!:)
    Keep up the great work!

  • Her 2 year old son eats so much? WTF? Really? She is attractive, her body is not. Salmon is the only one that was appealing.Quinoa is good as a side dish for most people. Basically another Dr Oz fail.

  • I made the pancakes this morning and the stew for dinner. Absolutely delicious. I’m going to do the energy balls right now!! Thank you thank you!!��

  • Starting to think I’m the only person in the meal prep community who hates quinoa. I know I could theoretically replace it with a different grain, but like, are all of yall eating quinoa all the time?

  • OZ was very touchy feeling before Social Distancing became the order of the Wuhan SARS 2.0 era….�� $20 a day or what is the duration?

  • @FitnessBlender Firstly gr8 video.. Loved it..I eat beans every other day and I love them..really easy to prepare..
    Just a question: Why not dairy or dairy products? In India milk is like really cheap..

  • These look like some well balanced, delicious meals!

    My only criticism is the more expensive ingredients. I’m assuming those were on hand already? If a person can shop by the month rather than by the week they might be able to save up for maple syrup and vanilla. Shopping by the week, those items would make it a harder challenge to stay on budget.

  • If you like buying organic food and your opinion is that it is better then you should. Just know that it is not more nutritious; the taste is 100% objective; depending on where you get your organic food from it may not be sustainable and may uses chemicals you don’t normally think of as organic; you are also paying about 30% more for no reason other then the fact they put an organic sticker on it.

  • Minute 2:51 I would change the jam for a more nutritious food as for example peanut butter the one is label peanut and salt. (No more ingredients). Or maybe buy some sheets of some seaweed. Also, Minute 2:07 dented can! Instead of can food, cook beans like; lentils, garbanzos u other to cook with your rice or any small grain to improve the protein quality. Add parsley or cilantro, something green. One cup of legumes will give you tree cups once it is cook, same is with rice. Better avoid can foods too much sodium and preservatives they are harmful on the long run they make you sick, avoid buying cans especially if they are dented (usually those are the one marked down) they could contain the bacteria called Clostridium botulinum. It is rare, but its toxin can kill you. I do like the rest of the video!

  • I love this woo woo salesman. Gives her $20 on air. Keeps bringing it up. As if she’s some charity case. Grabs her hand?! Omfg no, creep factor over 9000!!!!!

  • Vegans get all the protein they need from rice & beans I’m pretty sure, even if your diet isn’t particularly varied. Rice & beans are a lot healthier than eggs also, and are probably cheaper as well.

  • Another tip, you can use bits of veggies that are often thrown away. The leaves on cauliflower, beets, etc taste great. You can use the cut off ends of veggies for broth too. Tip two, if your veggies wilt, often you can put them in cold water and they’ll come back to life after a while.

  • So how do you eat healthier when: 1. There are no grocery stores in your area. 2. The stores near your home do not offer very good or healthy items. 3. You are on public assistance. Need to feed a family of 4 or more.

  • A lot of the time the name brand companies make the off brand food so you are basically getting the same thing. I work for a Kroger owned store in Arizona and supposedly our brand bread is made by Sara Lee brand. Also join your store’s rewards club/app. I almost never buy anything now that doesn’t have a coupon. Some times they even produce and meat coupons

  • I agree 100% about having a list. I actually have a spreadsheet that includes quantities and prices. This allows me to keep to within 10-15% of my budget.

  • Awesome video! Hereabouts at Y&S FOOD! we all love to detect this type of contents. We produce Travel & Food video as well, anywhere in the world, and we are always interested in inspirations and vision. Thank You.

  • Check at local fruit and vegetable store…get to know the family run businesses local to you. Ask the owner about buying a box of seasonal stuff on the cheap. Ask them if they can help you save money by including items such as the outside leaves from lettuce, bruised fruit etc. Learn to home dry to preserve what you have. Grow herbs as indoor greenery.

  • imo it’s not true about the branded and own brand food items costing less anymore, these days they cost the same or equally priced or even more than the branded ones epically in sainsburys that place is wallet rape each time i go in there.

    i want to eat more fresh fish but it’s expensive to get the decent stuff, all i can afford is battered fish which is not healthy at all, i want to eat more chicken but i don’t have the time to cook from scratch at all, all i can afford is sausages and beefburgers to stretch me for the week and that is not helping, i’ve put back on 2 stone which i worked so hard to loose and i get so depressed about it.

    maybe some stir fry recipes would be more suited for me? some inexpensive ones that will last me a week would be good, any form of meat are expensive so that is a factor also.

  • I use a handwritten grocery list and write down a running total as I mark each item off. Even if I don’t have a budget, it keeps me mentally accountable for how much I’m spending. The visual really helps

  • Aldi, Aldi, Aldi! I used to coupon, follow a lot of these tips, etc, but realized nothing has as much financial impact as shopping at Aldi!! ��

  • I have a problem, cause I am not sure which food you shouldn’t reheat or use leftovers in another meal. Some people say that you are poisoning youreself if you eat reheated chicken, potato, rice. But I see so many of these food in prep meal videos.

  • I just really want to say thank you so much for taking the time to give this information, my head was almost frazzled with all the conflicting “advice” on the internet, to me this is the most genuine sound advice out there so I am grateful for FBlender:-) 

  • These recipes look like pretty good as ideas for meals for those of us well off enough to afford some of the ingredients.

    This wasn’t intended for those living below the line, was it?

  • Want cheap pancakes? Mix 1 cup of flour, 1 cup milk, 1 egg add small pinch of salt.. BAM cheap pancakes. Flip over when you start seeing small bubbles popping.

  • 40 minutes for cooking rice? wtf.. takes about 15-20 for me.. unless you are cooking some special rice that takes longer like the wild ones

  • Hi Kallie,
    awesome video (as always)!:-)
    I made everyone in my family use the app “Our Groceries”. We use it for everything. Grocerie shopping divided by different stores, packing lists for vacations, to do lists for the whole family etc.
    It’s so easy to go shopping as a family when everyone can access the list simultaneously and check off what is already in the cart.