Eat Like You’re Poor

By Haylie Grayson

One of the most popular excuses you’ll hear people use to not eat healthy is “It’s too expensive”.

This statement may be true if you’re buying all-organic and loading up on fancy foods from Whole Foods, but that’s not the only way to get the job done. Truthfully, the healthiest foods you can eat are dirt cheap and are conducive to fat loss, muscle gain, and better health. Today I’m going to show you how to eat healthfully, no excuses.

Eating like your poor is all about sticking to foods that promote health, without promoting high grocery bills. In fact, the following list is typically what I buy at the store and I never spend over $50 a week on food. This way of eating closely resembles cultures around the world who live in their 100’s, like the Okinawans. The Okinawans are lean, strong and incredibly healthy! Why wouldn’t we want to mirror their eating habits for health while saving money in the process?

Here’s your guide for the grocery store. Buy the following:

  • Dry rice. Brown rice is king, but if you prefer white rice that’s fine. Just know you won’t be getting the fiber or B-vitamins that brown rice provides. Rice is an excellent and healthy source of carbohydrate.
  • Dry beans & lentils. These foods are packed with protein, fiber, iron, and many other beneficial nutrients. Lentils are higher in protein than beans, but both are delicious! You could also opt for canned beans if you don’t feel like cooking.
  • Potatoes. Sweet potatoes are best option here but white potatoes will not kill you or make you fat- as long as you don’t add a ton of oils, sour cream, and bacon to them. That applies to any food, though.
  • Oatmeal. One of the greatest breakfast foods of all time! A great carb source and tastes great with peanut butter and fresh fruit. Oatmeal is actually quite high in protein. A 100 gram serving of oats packs over 16g of protein!
  • Fresh fruit. You don’t have to buy organic fruit to be healthy. I’d recommend getting some avocados for some healthy fats, along with bananas (which are usually pretty cheap). Of course, you can buy whichever kind you like as long as it fits into your budget.
  • Frozen veggies. I pretty much never buy fresh veggies anymore. Frozen veggies are cheap, come prepared and sliced up, and are super convenient because you don’t have to worry about them going bad. I’d recommend peppers & onions, stir fry blends, broccoli & cauliflower blends to get a variety of different vitamins. The more colors and variety, the better.
  • Extras: You can also buy some salsa, lemons and limes to spice up your dishes. Along with tortilla wraps to make burritos. You can really squeeze in any extra condiments you like here, as long as your budget permits. One suggestion though, is to go for low-calorie, low-fat, low-sodium options like low-sodium ketchup, low-sodium BBQ sauce, etc.

Haylie Grayson in a banana peel: Certified fitness professional, motivating health coach, meatless athlete, animal/human rights activist, & lover/fighter. She specializes in My Fight Gym’s Strength & Conditioning and Nutrition classes & is the author of My Fight Gym’s series of nutrition guides.

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