Eating on a budget doesn’t have to mean an endless rotation of ramen noodles and boxes of macaroni-and-cheese.
“Healthy eating really doesn’t have to break the bank,” says Carol Dombrow, a registered dietitian for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. “Once you know what to look for, you will realize that eating well can be inexpensive, easy and quick.”
Carol shares some tips for healthy dishes on a budget:
• Keep healthy staples, like legumes, whole-grain pasta and herbs and spices on hand.
• Always shop with a list and a plan. Download the Health Check Recipe Helper app at heartandstroke.ca/mobileapps.
• Buy seasonal vegetables and fruit and check out the frozen and canned lower sodium varieties.
• Cook healthy meals in batches and freeze.
• One-pot meals, such as stews, chili or soups are a great way to get your nutrition, while stretching your budget.
• Check your cupboards and refrigerator before going shopping.
• Check for coupons and the weekly flyers for deals on healthy items.
• Eat before you shop. This will help you avoid buying foods not on your shopping list.
For more information on healthy recipes and tips, visit healthcheck.org.