Tips and Meals to Lose Weight on a Budget
Healthy eating can be one of the hardest things for us to do.
We all know that we should eat healthier, but often there are obstacles standing in our way.
We tell ourselves that eating healthily is not enjoyable, takes too much effort, or costs too much.
While sometimes these factors can be true, it can also be incredibly simple to eat healthier so that you can lose weight. Here are three tips and two healthy meals to lose weight on a budget.
First, you should create a meal plan for the upcoming week.
A meal plan will identify exactly what you need t purchase from the store. It will also save you from taking multiple trips to the grocery store for a few ingredients several times throughout the week.
By only making one trip to the grocery store, you save money on gas and extraneous items that are not on your list.
Second, you should build your meals around four main groups of foods: proteins, carbohydrates, vegetables, and fats.
Fats? Yes, you should include healthy fats in all of your meals so that you stay satiated and don’t reach for ice cream later!
Third, you should complete what prep work you can ahead of time, so that when your schedule gets too busy, you are not tempted to eat lunch out or grab fast food on the way home from work.
By preparing up to 50 or 60% of your meals ahead of time, preparing dinner or prepping lunch for the next day will be a breeze!
Here are two example healthy meals to lose weight on a budget:
Breakfast: 1 cup fresh fruit, 1 cup low fat plain yogurt, 1/3 cup museli
Fresh fruit starts your day with the vitamins and minerals needed to get you energized.
Protein packed yogurt is also lean on fat, while muesli provides carbohydrates and healthy fats to keep you full longer.
Buying in bulk at the beginning of the week will provide a meal that costs a fraction of what a muffin and a latte would cost at your morning coffee shop.
Lunch: Salad with roasted beets, boiled eggs, pecans, blue cheese, shredded carrots, and balsamic dressing.
Salads are thought of as healthy food, but can often be taken very far in the other direction if the dressi.ng and toppings are not healthy.
By roasting the beets, shredding the carrots, and mixing up a homemade balsamic dressing before the work week begins, you will have a simple and easy meal to bring with you to the office.
Make sure you measure each of the ingredients and do not go above the serving size to maintain portion control, allowing you to see the weight drop off!