Nutrition Quick Tip: Eat Healthy and Affordably

Eating healthy doesn't have to break the bank. You can put great foods in your body and, at the same time, maintain your budget. Here's how:

1) Make it at home: We spend 49 percent of our food budget eating out. It can be 2 to 4 times more expensive to buy a meal out than it is to fix it yourself. Too, when you make a dish at home, you know what's in it.

2) Use bulk bins: Buying beans, whole grains and other non-perishables from bulk bins will save you an average of 56 percent over buying prepackaged foods.

3) Plan your meals: Entering the grocery store without a plan, especially when you're hungry, can be a recipe for overspending and splurging on junk foods you might not normally buy. Write out a meal plan/store list and follow it exactly.

4) Cook in quantity: You can freeze extras for convenient instant meals, or create meal-sharing arrangements with friends or co-workers.

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Fran Benedict

Fran Benedict is a certified holistic health counselor and nutrition educator with more than 15 years of experience in health and wellness. She enjoys creating new ways to experience food and loves sharing tips and recipes for discovering simple ways to nourish everyday life. You can find more info about Fran on her website SimplyMindful.com. Follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and Google+, for tips, tasty recipes and more!

Fran Benedict is a certified holistic health counselor and nutrition educator with more than 15 years of experience in health and wellness. She enjoys creating new ways to experience food and loves sharing tips and recipes for discovering simple ways to nourish everyday life. You can find more info about Fran on her website SimplyMindful.com. Follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and Google+, for tips, tasty recipes and more!

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