It can be intimidating to start on a healthy eating lifestyle, especially when it comes to the added expense. But with some planning and creativity, you can incorporate healthy meals in your daily life without an astronomical impact to your credit card statement.
The easiest thing is probably a big salad for lunch everyday. Combining veggies, some protein, and healthy fats into one dish is a quick way to get a powerhouse of nutrition everyday. I made salads last week for two lunches and enough leftover ingredients to either make another salad or a tasty omelette on the weekend. I promote eating organic whenever possible, but I realize going 100% organic is a huge financial commitment. A family of four eating organic can get real expensive, real fast. Even I deviate from the organic dogma in order to save money. Right or wrong, I don’t feel the need to get 100% organic veggies from the supermarket. My rationale is I’m eating veggies, not garbage. Non-organic veggies are better than Doritos. I’ve found that farmers’ markets have organic produce for cheaper than at the supermarket. So, in Spring in Summer, I try to get my produce from farmers’ markets. However, I do splurge on organic animal products. I believe I’m getting more bang for the buck if I eat animals who also had healthy diets.
Now, I know you’re thinking that organic meat is expensive and you’re right. But what great about the Primal Blueprint is you actually are better off eating the fattier, less expensive cuts of meat. This is because the fat of a healthily raised animals contains a great dose of Omega 3s amongst other vital nutrients. You’re missing out on nutrition if you stick to lean cuts of meat. This isn’t the case for conventionally raised meats however. Their unhealthy diets make their fat unhealthy as well. So, if your only choice is conventionally raised meat, then stick with the leaner cuts.
- 1/4 pound Stew Meat – $9.00/lb – $2.25 per serving
- 2 cups Spring Mix – $3.99/pack – $.80 per serving
- 1 Green Bell Pepper – $.75
- 1/2 Cucumber – $.33
- 1 cup Grape Tomatoes – $3.99/pack – $1.00 per serving
- 1 oz Blue Cheese – $2.99/pack – $.60 per serving
- 2 Tbsp Primal Kitchen Dressing – $5.59/bottle – $.70 per serving
This is a grand total of $6.43. Compare this with a typical SaladWorks salad costing closer to $10.