As simple as it sounds, eating healthy starts with buying healthy—but it doesn’t end there. There are many things that you can do to ensure that when it comes to meal time, you’re eating healthy. And the best part—these ideas won’t break the bank! In fact, you might even just find your wallet is feeling a bit heavier.
- Make a list and stick to it: Before you go to the grocery store, make a list of all the items that you need for the week to comply with your weekly meal plan. Thinking ahead about what you plan to eat will make it easier to prepare nutritional meals. If you don’t have a list, shop the perimeter for produce, meat, and dairy—avoiding the aisles of junk food in the center!
- Keep portion-controlled snacks around: Keep a few extra snacks, like Crunch O’s or Cinnamon Swirls with Chocolate Bites, in your desk at work. This way, when hunger strikes, you have a healthy snack handy so you won’t even think about stopping at the local fast food joint.
- Whip up a batch of something simple: Pick a day and make a big pot of a nutritious soup or a stir fry, ensuring that you’ll have healthy leftovers. Then, break into portions for the week, pack in plastic containers, and put in your freezer. You’ve just created your own fast food and TV dinners for the next week!