Staying Heart Healthy and Budget Healthy

Over the past few years the cost of food has skyrocketed.  So much so, that studies have shown a connection between one’s socioeconomic status and access to healthy food.   Often times healthier food is more expensive than less healthy alternatives.  However, eating healthy doesn’t have to break the bank.  The American Heart Association has great tips for eating healthy and staying within your budget.  Here are a few.

1. Buy produce at a local farmers market:  The produce is often cheaper because there are no shipping and storage costs.  You can get more bang for your buck because you buy larger quantities.  Plus, you contribute to your local economy!

2. Buy what is on sale:  Check sales papers and look for coupons and only buy the nutritious options that are on sale.  Structure your meals to fit the less expensive nutritious options. You will have variety and you will save money.

3. Plan meals in advance:  By planning meals in advance, you will save more money because you will be less tempted to buy expensive ready-made meals.  Ready-made meals also tend to be higher in sodium and sugars, which makes them less healthy. 

These are just a few ideas.  To learn more, check out the AHA link.


Ciji Dodds
Miss International 2011


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