Tips for Healthy Eating after the Holidays on a Budget

by Sara Waldron on January 2, 2018

How to eat healthy after the Holidays?

The holidays are now over and you may want to start focusing on eating healthy. Don’t try to significantly change your entire diet in one day. Try to think small and take one step at a time to reach your personal goals. As college students we all know how difficult it can be to eat healthy on a tight budget. Most people may think that they can’t afford to eat healthy because it’s too expensive. It may surprise you that it doesn’t have to cost more than buying junk food. Keep reading to learn more about planning ahead and preparation.

How can planning meals help me?

Knowing where to start to eat healthier after the holidays may seem like an impossible task. Take small steps to make it more manageable which will increase your chances of sticking with it. Meal planning is the best way to make meals quick and easy. By planning ahead it’s easy to avoid the last minute grocery store trip when you’re hungry and might make rash decisions. This will also make it easier to save money and time since making one trip to the store with a prepared grocery list will help you avoid the temptation of buying junk food. Remember when you prep your meals to make a large amount so you can separate it into smaller portions to eat throughout the week.

Tips for Eating Healthy after the Holidays on a Budget

    1. Purchase fresh produce when it’s in season. Try adding a piece of produce to your lunch every day. Fresh produce is always great but the cost can add up quickly. Pick your produce options based on sales and what is currently in season.
    2. Drink plenty of water. It’s a cheap, fat-free way to not only hydrate your body but also flush out the toxins in your system. It can also make you feel full quicker so a smaller portion of food will satisfy your hunger.
    3. Look for sales and plan your meals accordingly. Sign up for a savings card if your grocery store offers one. Also, look at the weekly sales before heading to the store so you can plan your meals around what is on sale. This can also add variety to your meals by trying different items.
    4. Stop the mindless munching. While you’re talking with friends around the dinner table or watching a movie, you may find that you keep nibbling. Pay attention to each piece that you are eating to prevent yourself from over eating. Try putting gum or a mint in your mouth or even brushing your teeth to stop the munching.
    5. Increase your fiber intake with whole grains. Beans and whole grains, like quinoa and brown rice are inexpensive and a great way to bulk up meals. They can even be a meal in themselves. An extra bonus is that the whole grains can keep you feeling full longer and may aid in weight loss goals.
    6. Repurpose those leftovers. Many people don’t like leftovers or eating the same meal repeatedly. Consider using the leftovers to make a completely new and delicious meal like a soup or sandwich.

 

Many people may want to focus on eating healthier after the Holidays. Try following some of those tips to take small steps to eat healthier on a budget and increase the positive impacts on your health. To learn more about Outreach Education and the BSU Peer Educators, like the BSU Outreach page on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @bsuoutreach, and check out our calendar for upcoming events on the Involvement Network at https://bridgew.collegiatelink.net/ and search for the BSU Peer Educators.

 

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