Most people think that healthy eating means more money, and sometimes it can. Across the country, we’ve seen the rise and trend of the healthy eating, with wealthier people being able to keep up while those in the lower income brackets unable to get nutritious food. If your version of healthy eating is high-end energy bars with seeds brought in from the Himalayans, then, yes, it is going to be more expensive. But remember, people ate healthy long before smoothies, Buddha bowls, and avocado toasts were a thing.
Eating healthy takes two main things, both of which are not money: Time and planning. Part of the reason why low-income families eat unhealthier is that they may have to resort to pre-prepared foods, which are loaded with preservatives and fats. Making a healthy meal of steamed vegetables and rice does take more time, there is no doubt about it. However, educating people on how to make these foods faster and easily could help. We believe that kids need to be taught in schools how to make this food, and that just a bit of extra time could do wonders for their nutrition, which improves their sleep, energy levels and mood.
This is where planning can come in handy. If you know you are making three rice dishes in a week, you can make one big pot and reuse that rice for each dish. Same with other grains. Pairing ingredients over multiple dishes takes planning, but it ensures we aren’t spending so much for things you may not use all of.
While it takes time and planning, healthy eating won’t break the bank. Stay away from foods that market themselves as health foods and keep to the basics of vegetables, brown grains, and simple sauces without extra sugar and you will be eating healthily in no time!