Here's How Dietitians Actually Eat Healthy Without Going Broke
Two professional healthy eaters share their secrets for feeding yourself on a budget.
Hi there. We’re Wendy and Jess.
We’re both registered dietitians, BFFs, and co-creators of Food Heaven Made Easy, an online platform for delicious and nutritious living.
We also both like to eat. Scratch that... We live to eat. Our mission is to show that healthy eating can blow your taste buds away, and actually be super cheap. We solemnly swear.
Here are some of our best suggestions for how to do it.
1. Meal plan like a bawse.
2. Bookmark your favorite healthy blogs.
You can do this right now: Find three budget-friendly, healthy blogs, and sign up for their newsletters, then filter the email updates into a "recipe" folder in your inbox. On meal-planning day, choose one to four new recipes you want to try, and add the ingredients to your shopping list.
Some of our favorites are Food Heaven Made Easy (see what we did there?), Sweet Potato Soul and Nutrition Stripped, which has delicious dairy-free and gluten-free recipes that are created by a fellow registered dietitian. Other faves include Cookie and Kate (vegetarian whole foods), Pinch of Yum (simple and healthy), and, of course, Budget Bytes (good and cheap).
3. But stick to simple recipes.
4. Eat oatmeal for breakfast more often.
5. Batch-prep in this bish.
6. Recycle, reduce, and remix.
7. Don’t buy anything you don’t have a plan for.
8. Learn how to store healthy foods the right way.
9. Arrive fashionably late to the farmers market.
10. Have soup for breakfast.
11. Or make an “end of the week” soup with foods that are about to spoil.
12. Instead of buying organic, stick to the "Clean 15."
13. Become a coupon lady (or lad).
14. Grow your own veggies, or start an herb garden.
This doesn’t have to be a big ordeal. If you have even a little bit of backyard space, try growing things that are usually expensive to buy. Some of our faves are kale, cucumbers, tomatoes, Swiss chard, squash, and green onions.
If you don’t have space for a full-on garden, consider planting a cute windowsill or fire escape herb garden.