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How to Eat Healthy on a Budget

Updated: Tuesday, March 4 2014, 03:44 PM EST

March is National Nutrition Month - a time to rethink eating and spending habits. That includes how much to spend at the grocery store.

Eating right on a budget starts with a little planning. Before heading to the grocery store experts suggest planning meals out in advance, making a grocery shopping list and sticking to the list while shopping.

Though it may be a little more trouble, it can also stretch a budget to double a recipe from time to time and freeze part of it for another day. Buying in bulk is often cheaper.

Registered dietitians recommend filling half your plate with fruits and veggies. And buying ones that are in season is often cheaper. Fill the other half of your plate with whole grains and lean meats.

One way to make your meat dollars go further is by adding beans to the mixture – thereby using less meat in the same dish.

Controlling portion size is another way to help a budget. Experts say if something is in front of us we tend to eat it even when we're full. So try using smaller plates. And finally, save going out to eat for special occasions. Dining out is almost always more expensive than cooking your own.

How to Eat Healthy on a Budget


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