The Broke Girls Guide To Eating Healthy

1. Cook At Home As Much As You Can

+ Cooking at home instead of going out will save you tons of money. Instead of getting one meal for $8, you can get 8. 

+It helps if you meal prep for work lunches so you don't get the urge to eat out.

+ You can completely control your ingredients when you're the chief. Want to cut out sugar? Easy, don't add it...I promise it won't be missed.

2. Buy On Sale

+ I find that Kroger has the best sale items of any grocery store. Look for their clearance meat section (be sure to freeze it when you get home if you're not using it ASAP), clearance produce section (which are in red mesh bags) and miscellaneous clearance section. 

+ Whenever you find fresh produce on sale, freeze it. Here is a list of some of the best produce to freeze.

+ Be sure to sign up for emails to Kroger, Whole Foods, Trader Joes and Sprouts. Also check out any apps these stores may have for more exclusive deals.

3. Stick To The Outside Grocery Aisles

+ The healthiest foods can be found in the produce, freezer and meat sections on the outside aisles of the grocery store. 

+ The canned food aisle is another good one, as long as you check the ingredients.

4. Adopt Meatless Monday

+ If you haven't already noticed, meat is expensive. Save yourself a few bucks and adopt the "Meatless Monday" concept.

+ Beans, rice and produce are so much cheaper and more nutritious for you.

5. Make Your Own Sauces and Dressings

+ This is a huge money saver and will keep all the bad stuff out of your sauces and dressings.

+ Dressings are the easiest to make and usually consist of olive oil and spices.

+ Sauces are a little harder, but can be done and stored for future use.

6. Create A Meal Plan

+ To save money and stretch your food out longer, create a meal plan.

+ I like to pick one new recipe each week and then grab whatever clearance items I can while at the store. I then come back home and plan with whatever I found in the clearance section and grab any additional items I need. 

+ This also helps you eat out less and stops you from eating something unhealthy just because it's quick and easy. 

7. Always Check Restaurant Menus Ahead of Time

+ I find it very helpful to check menus ahead of time to be able to stick to a healthy diet while out to eat.

+ This way you know some options going in instead of just impulsively deciding. 

8. Split Meals When Out To Eat

+ This is a great way to not leave a restaurant feeling incredibly full and saving a lot of cash. Most meals are way too big anyway and you're getting it half priced. 

+ If no one wants to split with you, split it in half and take the remaining home to have another night. 

9. Never Throw Out Leftovers

+ When you cook at home or eat out, don't ever throw away leftovers. So many people are weird about leftovers, but there is nothing to be scared of. 

+ These make great meals when you don't have time to cook. 

+ This also includes any leftover produce you don't use in your recipes. It's fun to see how creative you can get with what is left.

10. Try Different Grocery Stores

+ Shop around at the different grocery stores in your area to see which has the best prices on items you buy most. 

+ For me, it's usually Kroger but Trader Joes is almost tied. Sprouts and Whole Foods have some great sales each week.

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