Making Healthy Meals Doesn't Have To Break The Bank

April 25, 2015

Making Healthy Meals Doesn't Have To Break The Bank

Photo Credit: fitmencook.com

Who says you can't cook food that tastes great, is good for you AND doesn't cost a million dollars? I know it seems like a pipe dream, but the reality is, you can feed your body the good stuff using some quick and effective cooking techniques and all the while save a lot of money. Our good friends from Fit Men Cook shared with us another of their killer videos outlining the whole thing for you.  

A Few Notes Before Getting Started

This is not a custom meal plan. This outline should serve as inspiration for you to create a plan to meet your personal goals. Calorie ranges will vary, so instead of sticking to these macros exactly, use this guide as a way to jumpstart your meal planning and, more importantly, your creativity! Unlock your inner #FitMenCook and #FitWomenCook.
  • Seasonings, spices, oils, supplements, and vitamins are excluded in the weekly budget since those items generally last for a few weeks.
  • To preserve the freshness of your meals, freeze after preparing and defrost in the refrigerator the night before consuming.
  • This article will likely raise many questions. Post yours below so we can answer them as a community!
  • Remember $75 does not spend the same everywhere. Consider the cost of living and wages in your area to determine what the equivalent of $75 would be for you. In some places it may be less, others it may be more. In all, make it relevant to you!
 

GROCERY LIST

PROTEIN AND DAIRY

  • 6.5 lbs Chicken Breast
  • 2.32 lbs Lean Ground Turkey
  • 1 carton Eggs (omega-3)
  • 1 carton Liquid Egg Whites
  • 16 oz Cottage Cheese
  • 1 small bag shredded Mozzarella

CARBS

  • 2.75 lb Sweet Potato
  • Instant Oatmeal
  • Quinoa shell pasta
  • Honey Sticks*
  • Dried Papaya*

FATS, SAUCES

  • Naturally more Peanut Butter
  • Two 6 oz cans Tomato Paste (low sodium)
  • 1 can Chicken Broth

PRODUCE

  • 1 bundle Spinach
  • 4 colorful Bell Peppers
  • 4 Roma Tomatoes
  • 1 bundle Cilantro
  • 2 Zucchini
  • 1 bundle Asparagus
  • 1 small carton Strawberries
  • 1 small bag of Limes
  • 4 Granny Smith Apples
  • 1 bag steamed Corn (frozen)
  • 1 Red Onion

SUPPLIES

  • BPA-free food storage containers. You can generally find these at Walmart stores for 5 for $3.
  • Mini, disposable foil pans
  • Sandwich bags
  • Airtight containers

*Optional items

Kevin does a great job of making the whole thing look easy and the nice thing is, it really is.  Don't let any excuses sneak in and stop you from taking charge of your food going forward.  Remember, exercise will only get you so far.  The effort you put into preparing your own healthy meals will surely get you the results you desire.




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