A Budget-Friendly, Nutritious Diet
With the hype surrounding the paleo and gluten-free diets, it’s no wonder why more people are researching the consequences starches and grains can have on our health. While eating healthier items often means spending more money, following a low-carb diet on a budget can be accomplished. As you read this article, you’ll learn a few tips about how to eat low-carb on a budget.
Frozen Fruit and Veggies
A generous portion of fruits and veggies should always be included in a nutritious diet. While organic is generally preferred, fresh fruit and veggies undoubtedly tend to be expensive. Thankfully, frozen fruits and veggies are significantly cheaper and offer the same substantial amount of vitamins and minerals. Frozen fruits and veggies can be used to make tasty smoothies without breaking the bank. To create an inexpensive, healthful meal, simply add a cup of almond or coconut milk to your blender to create your smoothie base. For increased protein and a thicker texture, use plain Greek yogurt instead. Then, add a 1/2 cup of frozen kale, raspberries, and other frozen fruits of your choice. Blend together until smooth and top with cinnamon for a delicious, low-carb meal on a budget.
Another easy way to enjoy a low-carb meal on a budget is to make a crock pot full of chili. Begin with a relatively inexpensive meat choice, like ground beef or turkey and brown it in a pan. While browning the meat, add some tomato sauce to your crock pot. Then, add the browned meat and 4-5 cans of your favorite beans to the crock pot. Beans are an excellent addition not only because you can buy a ton of them for a few dollars, but also because they’re full of protein and nutrients, including manganese, phosphorus, iron, and more. After adding your meat and beans, you can enjoy the luxury of customizing, whether you want to add bell pepper, onion, mushrooms, or herbs and spices. After you’ve added more items and seasoned the chili to your liking, allow all the flavors to blend together for a few hours.
There’s no doubt that abiding by a low-carb diet can be done on a budget. By simply purchasing a few canned and frozen items, you can avoid over-spending on all fresh items while still maintaining a healthy diet.