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Tips For Eating Healthy on a Budget

Posted by Alexandria Hadley, MS, RD, LD on Sep 2, 2021 11:00:00 AM

Eating Healthy on a Budget

Food provides the nutrients we need, especially as we age. Eating healthy makes a difference in our health and improves how we feel and our sense of well-being.

Here are some tips and ideas so that “healthy” doesn’t equate to expensive when it comes to nutrition:

Plan Ahead

  • Before going to the grocery store, check store flyers to look for nutritious foods on sale.
  • Plan your meals and snacks for the next few days or a week based on those items on sale.
  • Keep in mind that meals like stews and casseroles extend more expensive items like meat into more servings.
  • Make a shopping list of foods you will need and buy only the items on your list.

Be a Smart Shopper

Buy nutrient-dense foods such as:
    • Fruits and vegetables
    • Low-fat dairy products
    • Whole-grain bread & cereals
    • Lean meats and seafood
    • Other proteins like eggs, beans, or unsalted nuts
  • Don’t shop when you’re hungry
  • Compare brands
  • Avoid convenience and snack foods
  • Join the store’s loyalty rewards program, when available
  • Use coupons

Need Help Buying Food?

If you need financial help to buy groceries, there are several federal programs to help older adults on a limited budget:

  • Supplemental Nutrition Program (SNAP) provides nutrition benefits to help those in need purchase healthy foods. Go here to see if you are eligible.
  • Local senior centers – Many community centers offer free or inexpensive meals for older adults. Home-delivered meals may be available for people that can’t leave their homes.
  • Commodity Supplemental Food Program – provides help to adults over 60 with vegetables, fruits, grains, dry beans, and canned meats to supplement their food supply.

For more tips on healthy grocery shopping, download our guide below!

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Topics: Food Assistance, Affordable, Healthy Foods, Healthy Meals for Seniors, Older Adults

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