10 Tips for Planning Healthy Meals on a Budget

Health is about taking care of yourself physically, mentally and spiritually. Planning ahead is key: planning appointments, planning time to workout, and planning meals.

Fuel your body with well-planned, healthy, nutrient dense foods that also taste great. Meal planning does take some time, but once it is created, you do not even have to think about it. Plus, you don't have to stop for fast food, or eat the same boring meal each night.

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Here are some tips to help you plan healthy meals that will not cost a fortune:

1. Map out your week.

Know which nights you will be working late, what appointments you have, and what night your child has practice. Once you know what you week looks like it will be easy to fit meals into your schedule.

2. Check coupons.

See what sales are in the paper so you can plan your meals off of this.

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3. Keep your freezer organized.

Label and date whatever meals or food items you have saved. Use what you have to help plan your meals for the week.

4. Use a few main items in various ways.

Keep both lunch and dinner in mind. Here are some examples:

  • Ground Turkey Meat. This same healthy, protein can be used to make turkey chili for dinner one night, lunches the next day, turkey tacos and turkey burgers.
  • Chicken. Prepare chicken breasts to be used in stir fries with brown rice and vegetables, grilled chicken parmesan or homemade chicken salad served with crusty bread.
  • Eggs. Make a savory baked egg dish with spinach, feta and garlic. Serve it with a salad. This could last three nights and eggs are very inexpensive.

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