Healthy Eating Does Not Have to be Expensive!
One of the things that I hear the most when I’m talking to people about health and fitness is that eating healthy is too expensive! It sure is! It can be very expensive if you’re buying lots of packaged items that are marked “Healthy” or “Organic”. Those things are pricey and not always as healthy as you think! You CAN eat healthy on a budget! You just have to plan!
I am going to share my Meal Plan for the week with you. These are all very inexpensive meals that are pretty good for you and are helping me reach my fitness goals, plus my kiddos and hubby love them! Each meal is pretty easy to make and most are basics you are probably already eating, with just a few tweaks.
Spinach and Artichoke Chicken
3 large chicken breasts.
1 package of low-fat cream cheese
1 can of artichoke hearts
1/2 cup of shredded parmesan cheese
1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Place your chicken on a baking pan and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
In a bowl, mix 1 package of cream cheese with 1 drained can of artichoke hearts, 1/2 cup of shredded Parmesan, 1 tbsp of minced garlic, and salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
In a sauté pan, heat up 1 tbsp of olive oil and cook 1-2 handfuls of spinach until it is wilted. Add to mixture in the bowl.
Pour bowl mixture over chicken. Try to make it stay on top.
Bake on 350 for 50 min to an hour. Take out of oven and sprinkle 1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella on top. Place under broiler until browned.
Cost: Roughly $12 total ($4 per serving)
1lb lean ground meat
Low Fat Cheese of your choice
1 Roma Tomato
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place ground meat in skillet. Brown the meat and drain excess fat. Add Taco seasoning and 1/3 cup of water. Keep warm on simmer. Dice Roma tomato and set aside.
Place Taco shells on a baking pan and bake of 4-6 minutes. When shells are warmed through, add taco meat to the shells and top with ¼ cup of cheese per taco. Place assembled tacos back into oven until cheese is melted. When cheese is melted, remove from oven and top with diced tomatoes. Enjoy!
Cost: About $8 total (estimated because you won’t use a whole bag of cheese)
1lb of ground turkey
1 package of chili mix or a chili starter kit
1 can rotel tomatoes
1 can of chili beans
Brown turkey in skillet. Drain fat. Add chili mix, rotel tomatoes, and chili beans. Cook for 30 minutes, enjoy with low-fat shredded cheese on top. Easy Peasy!
Cost: $8.50 if you use a seasoning pack (I buy gluten-free, so mine is more expensive)
Homemade Sloppy Joes
1.5 lb lean ground meat
1 tbsp onion powder (or real onions, my kids just won’t eat it if they see onions)
1 tbsp minced garlic
½ cup ketchup
1 can tomato sauce
1 tsp ground mustard
1 tbsp white vinegar
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp brown sugar
In a skillet, brown your meat, drain excess fat. Mix remaining ingredients in a bowl until it makes a sauce. Add sauce to meat, simmer 15 minutes. Enjoy on buns!
Cost: $7.50 (most of the spices were already in my spice cabinet)
1 dozen eggs
Cook eggs based on personal preference. We like ours scrambled. Cook grits according to package directions.
Place bacon on a foil lined baking sheet and bake on 425 for 15 minutes. This will give you the crispest bacon ever! Dry bacon on a paper towel lined plate before eating.
Cost: About $5 total. My kids LOVE this! It’s their favorite meal!
I hope that helps you feel less overwhelmed about eating healthy. These are regular everyday foods that are prepared at home and are fairly low-calorie. Remember, portion sizes make all the difference. 1 sloppy joe isn’t bad, but 2 is probably too much. You can do this!
Here are some tricks:
- Use ground turkey instead of ground meat.
- If a recipe calls for sugar, use less than the recipe calls for.
- Use low-fat cheeses (non fat cheese is gross, don’t use that)
- Always line pans with foil for easy clean up
- Instead of using a taco shell or bun, for tacos and sloppy joes, make a lettuce wrap and enjoy with a big piece of lettuce
Enjoy! I hope this helped you plan some great meals! Comment below and share your favorite healthy recipe! And don’t forget to download your FREE Ultimate Meal Planning Toolkit! It will make your meals so much easier!