02/22/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/22/2018 19:00
So I've been trying to stick to my New Year's resolution to eat healthier, but I'm finding that's its been pretty expensive to do so far. Do you have any tips on how I can eat right, but on a budget?
I'm glad to see that you've made moves to eat healthier and are adhering to your healthy resolutions. And while many people may think that eating healthy means a hefty, expensive grocery bill, that's not always the case.
In fact, it costs less than $2 more per day per person to eat healthier, according to a 2013 study by the Harvard University School of Public Health. The study found that by swapping out some less expensive, and less healthy foods, for fresher and more nutritious ones added up to only about $1.50 more per day.
Getting the most nutrition and value for your money at the grocery store starts with planning before you head out to the store. For example, plan your meals and snacks for the week and then check your pantry to see what foods you already have. Then make a list of what you need to purchase, advises the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. And then, stick to the list when shopping.
It's also important to make an informed choice as to which grocery store you are planning to shop. Take a look at the grocery ads to see which store may have the items on your list on sale or offered at a discount. Once at the store, compare the prices of different brands and different sizes of the same brand to see which item has a lower unit price, which is typically located on the shelf directly below the product, advises the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Other money saving tips from USDA and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics:
If you do chose to go out to eat, look for coupons, '2 for 1' deals, early bird specials or even going out to lunch instead of dinner, all of which can provide savings. And order water with your meal, which is not only free, but a healthy option.
Chow Line is a service of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and its outreach and research arms, OSU Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. Send questions to Chow Line, c/o Tracy Turner, 364 W. Lane Ave., Suite B120, Columbus, OH 43201, or [email protected].
Editor: This column was reviewed by Jenny Lobb, Family and Consumer Sciences educator for Ohio State University Extension