Eating Healthy on a Budget.

Recent statistics are sobering; more than two-thirds of the US population is overweight or obese, and one in three children is now overweight or obese. To make matters worse, the number of obese Americans is constantly rising.  

Most individuals want to start eating healthier foods, but some think that to eat healthy, they have to spend more money.  Believe it or not, you can eat healthy on a budget. It is actually a lot easier than you think.  

Here are some tips you can use to eat healthy on a budget.

1.Make your own meals

Cooking at home kills two birds with one stone. You eat healthier by using a fraction of the butter and salt that restaurants tend to use, and you spend less money.  

2. Plan your weekly menu

Meal planning is a great way to stick to a healthy diet without blowing up your budget. Map out your meals for the week — breakfast, lunch and dinner — and make a grocery list, taking into account what you already have in your pantry. This will keep you from over-shopping and helps guard against impulse purchases.

3. Buy frozen produce

Fruits and vegetables are a staple of any healthy diet. But fresh produce has a short shelf life and can be pricey, especially if the item isn’t in season. Opt for frozen goods to save money, without sacrificing nutritional value.

4. Opt for store brands

Generic products are often identical to their name-brand counterparts in ingredients and quality. Where they differ is price.

Shoppers can save 30% to 50% when they buy generic or store brands of such healthy foods as whole wheat pasta, canned organic vegetables and more.

5. Hit the tail end of the farmers market

The early bird gets the worm, or so the saying goes. But when shopping at your local farmers market, you can get the worm — or berries, greens and beets — for less if you show up late.