5 Tips for Eating Healthy Without Emptying Your Wallet

You want to serve delicious food to your family. You want it to be healthy. And you want to walk away with both arms and both legs. Some days, though, it just seems easier (and cheaper) to pick up a greasy pizza on your way home from work. Sure, it might taste like the cardboard box it came in. But that’s life, right? “Eating healthy is expensive,” you sigh.

But what if it didn’t have to be?

SM1Food is our life here at Sea Mart. We eat, sleep and breathe it. So we know a thing or two about stretching a budget that still allows you to eat good food.

Here are a few tips on how to eat healthy without draining your wallet:

Our Sales Flyer Rocks

There’s nothing quite like the elation that comes from seeing a product you love go on sale. We get it. And it’s why we constantly offer savings and deals on some of your favorite items. Every Wednesday, our weekly sales flyer goes out into the world. We handpick items that we know our customers need. Meats, produce, staples… each and every week there’s a way for you to save. 

The Freezer is Your Friend

Stock up on fruits and veggies when they are in season. Eat some, save some. Most fruits and veggies freeze very well, up to 6 months for some items. And then, when it’s the middle of winter and you’re craving cherries, you can run to the freezer, grab what you love and not feel guilty about it.

Other foods that freeze well are:

  • Fresh fruits and veggies
  • Stocks and soups
  • Chili and stews
  • Bread, rolls and flour tortillas
  • Pizza dough
  • Eggs without shells
  • Cheese (slice or shred it first, otherwise it will crumble)

Beans are Magical

(No, not in that way!)

Beans are a super easy way to complement a tight budget and are excellent for enhancing meat dishes. A great source of protein, they add bulk when lighter fare just won’t cut it. Try adding them to lasagna or other Italian dishes. Mix them in with your hamburger.

From black to kidney, there’s a whole new world of beans out there waiting to be discovered.

Broaden Your Horizons

Try incorporating ethnic food into your diet, especially Mexican and Indian cuisines. Both rely heavily on inexpensive ingredients, such as rice. Many ingredients can also be used interchangeably. If you’re looking for a high “value to flavor ratio,” ethnic foods are the way to go.

Sometimes Boring is Good

Don’t be afraid to rotate through meals that fit your budget, are quick and easy to make, and that your family love. Think stir fry, pasta and tacos. When you see ingredients for these everyday meals on sale, snatch them up. Freeze the leftovers and use them the next time the meal makes its way through the rotation.

Healthy eating on a budget doesn’t have to be complicated. You can save money and eat quality food. All it takes is a bit of planning and creativity.

Need ideas on how to further stretch your budget? Ask away! That’s what we’re here for. Our mission is to provide only the best groceries… and the best deals… for our customers.