Eating Healthy on a Budget

Most people think that eating healthy means spending a bunch of money but that is SO NOT TRUE!! 😉 Since moving out of my parent’s house and living on my own, I’ve had to learn how to budget and spend super wisely on groceries. This took me a while to learn, and I threw out a bunch of old food, unfortunately, but I finally got a routine down that works and I wanted to share it with you all.

What I put in my shopping cart for a week of healthy, homemade food-

  • a big jar of plain, organic yogurt
  • 2 types of organic berries
  • 1-2 bananas
  • 1 other fruit (orange, apple, peach, etc.)
  • 2 bags of veggies to saute (my favs at the moment are brussels, broccolini, asparagus, zucchini, mushrooms, cauliflower, shishito peppers)
  • 1 bag of lettuce (either mixed greens, baby spinach, or any other lettuce mix)
  • free-range, organic eggs (I get a dozen and this lasts me more than a week)
  • wild-caught salmon (1 lb.)
  • a package of persian cucumbers or celery
  • tomatoes
  • 2 avocados
  • .5 lb organic, free-range chicken breast
  • loaf of gluten free bread (I like the brand Canyon)
  • organic half n half
  • dairy-free milk (I like macadamia or coconut)
  • Applegate turkey breast deli- slices
  • Vegan cheese slices (I like Follow Your Heart american cheese)

Other items I always have on hand(that last more than a week!)-

  • fresh lemons
  • tamari
  • avocado oil & olive oil
  • vegan mayo
  • organic ketchup
  • clean salad dressing
  • organic butter
  • spices
  • olives
  • organic cheese
  • gluten-free pasta & cauliflower gnocchi
  • clean veggie burgers, turkey burgers, or chicken burgers
  • frozen potatoes (hashbrowns, tator-tots, fries, etc.)
  • frozen berries
  • kombucha
  • sparkling water
  • Perfect Bars
  • clean granola
  • sauerkraut
  • superfood powders
  • healthy chocolate!

I try to keep it really simple and eat most of my meals/drinks at home. When I wake up I have a cup of coffee or matcha, then my breakfast is usually a yogurt bowl with superfood powders, berries and granola. Sometimes I’ll make a smoothie and top it with granola. My lunch is usually a panini with gf bread, vegan cheese and vegan mayo (and sometimes turkey) & a side salad or a salad with protein and some healthy fats. Sometimes breakfast isn’t until 12 so my lunch will be scrambled eggs with a salad and some hash browns or toast. I snack on either a granola bar, fruit, raw veg w/ hummus, healthy popcorn or cashews throughout the day. I also usually have a second coffee/tea or kombucha. For dinner I usually have grilled chicken, baked salmon, or a veggie/turkey/chicken burger with sauteed veggies and 1/2 an avocado. Sometimes I’ll have cauliflower gnocchi or make some gluten free pasta with veggies. For desert I like to have some tea & healthy chocolate. Like I said before- SUPER simple and easy!

I shop at Trader Joe’s, and then get some specialty items at Whole Foods and Sprouts. I’ve been spending around $40 a week on groceries while learning how to simplify my meals & it feels amazing!

let me know if you enjoyed this post and if you want to see more in-depth posts on this same topic! Maybe a walk through Trader Joe’s with an exact amount of money spent? Comment below or send me an e-mail/ message on insta!