Almost half of Americans consider the cost of food as the biggest hurdle in maintaining a healthy diet, according to a recent survey by Cleveland Clinic. Registered dietitian Julia Zumpano, RD, however, believes that eating healthily does not have to break the bank.
Zumpano noted that buying fresh produce, lean meats, and grains may not necessarily be more expensive than processed foods. However, consumers should be mindful of the types of foods they purchase. Whole foods like fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and dairy are preferable, and shoppers should examine their grocery lists to identify items they may be overspending on.
For instance, frequently purchasing chips and soda can be substituted with more wholesome and nutritious food options to save money. Zumpano suggests checking weekly deals at grocery stores and planning meals around them, as well as buying foods with an extended shelf life, such as potatoes, whole wheat pasta, beans, and dried beans. Meats can also be purchased on sale and stored in the freezer.
Delivery services should also be avoided, if possible. Meal prepping can be beneficial and help save money in the long run, Zumpano added.
By following these tips, Zumpano believes that people can maintain a healthy diet without having to spend more on food.
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