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Tips for Healthy Eating on a Budget

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Updated July 19, 2009

Healthy eating is a great habit for anyone, but especially for women with PCOS. Because of the issues with insulin resistance and difficulty losing weight, eating healthy foods regularly is a key way to help you manage PCOS. Many people believe that eating healthy foods is more expensive than the less healthy alternatives. But guess what? You don't have to choose between eating healthy foods and keeping your budget. Here are six tips to help you out.

Plan Ahead

Make a list of your meals for the week and generate a shopping list from it. Stick with it! A lot of unhealthy food purchases are impulse buys -– something that looks good. By going shopping with a plan and a full stomach (so you’re not tempted due to hunger), you can eliminate buying those things you didn’t really want in your house anyway.

Use Frozen Vegetables

Many of them are just as healthy if not healthier then fresh vegetables. Frozen veggies are frozen at peak freshness, optimizing the amount of nutrients in them, while fresh veggies may sit around on trucks or in the market before being purchased. This can lead to the produce losing nutrients.

Skip the Bottled Water

Most cities and communities have tap water that is fine for consumption. If you have any concerns, please check with your community government. Purchase a reusable plastic or metal bottle and bottle your own.

Use Beans Instead of Meat

Canned or dried beans make an excellent substitution for meat in many meals. Try them in chili, soups or salads. If you have high blood pressure, dried beans may be a better option due to the lower sodium in dried beans. Dried beans usually need to be soaked for a number of hours before use, so plan ahead!

Seek Out Farmers Markets or Local Sellers

Not only are you supporting local farmers, but their products are usually lower in price and incredibly fresh. Check out LocalHarvest for an up-to-date list of local growers and markets.

Grow Your Own

Growing your own produce is a wonderful way to add in nutritious fruits and vegetables to your diet for little cost. For the price of a few plants, soil and planters, you can have fresh produce for the rest of the summer. Even if you live in an apartment or don't have a yard, you might be able to use window planters to grow tomatoes or fresh herbs and spices.
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