Meal Planning: How to Eat Healthy and Spend Less

March 13, 2019

There’s a steady increase in healthy eating habits among Canadians with a rise in holistic health and superfood trends. According to new research by Mintel, 8 out of 10 consumers in Canada agree with the importance of the effects of what they eat on their physical and emotional well-being. Nearly 50% of Canadians experience guilt when they eat foods that are considered unhealthy.

However, eating healthy is not as easy as it seems. Buying healthy products and preparing well-balanced meals is a challenging and expensive task. Being creative with the ingredients to prepare delicious yet healthy meals can add to the stress of cooking. Here are some ways you can slash the calories while maintaining a budget;

Plan a Food Budget:

Planning a food budget at the start of the month can help you control over-spending on grocery items. Decide how much you can afford to spend on food by creating an outline of your monthly expenses and see how much of your income can you set aside for food bills.

Evaluate Your Nutritional Requirements:

Create an inventory of the nutrients your body needs by carefully evaluating your health and any special foods that you may need. You can consult a nutrition expert that can guide you regarding your dietary requirements according to your lifestyle and health needs. This’ll make it easier for you to identify the ingredients you need to buy. For example, if your body is lacking in iron you probably need to add more greens and foods that have a high quantity of Vitamin C.

Have a Good Grocery Store Strategy:

Most people go way over the budget on their weekly grocery runs. The trick is to create a list of exactly what you need and stick to it. Avoid pre-packaged food sections which might be easy to grab but has low nutritional value and can add up to a high grocery bill. Avoid the dessert aisle which is full of high carb and sugar products that have zero nutrition that your body needs.

Add frozen veggies and fruits to your cart as they are easier to buy in bulk and store at home. Use the same strategy for high-fibre foods that last for months such as beans and various grains. 40 grams of fibre per day is ideal which you can get with a simple salad of greens, beans, and some apple or pear slices.  

Make a Weekly Meal Plan:

Knowing exactly what you’ll make each day can help you save money on groceries, time wasted in deciding what to make each day, and reduce waste of ingredients. Jot down meal ideas based on your favourite ingredients, dietary requirements, and grocery store produce that is on sale and in season. Try to incorporate items that are already in your pantry to the recipes on your weekly menu.

Invest in Meal Delivery Services:

The hot new culinary trend of meal delivery service is not only cost effective but can also save you valuable time from your busy work schedule that is wasted in grocery runs, planning menus, and the everyday meal prep. With these services, you get customized ready-to-eat meals that are prepared according to your specific dietary and nutritional needs. You also get to try new recipes and ingredients you have never tried before.

The meals are made out of fresh and healthy ingredients with precise measurements to create the perfect portion size for you thereby reducing the concept of food waste. Most meal delivery services have specialized menus for vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free meals that promote healthy weight loss to keep your body in perfect shape.

Eat Your Cake, based in Vancouver specializes in nutritionally balanced and deliciously incredible ready to eat weight loss meals. Prepared by experienced chefs, our organic meal plans are guaranteed to provide a well-balanced diet with a significantly lower cost. Contact us for a super convenient meal delivery service bringing you healthy balanced meals at your doorstep!

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