Healthy Eating on a Budget
Better choices don’t have to bust your budget! With just a little planning and parental ingenuity, you can balance wallet wisdom with nutrition know-how.
Savings Savvy Shopping
Many of our Whole Foods Market team members are also parents themselves. Here are a few of their best practices for budget-friendly shopping:
- Make a weekly meal plan and let everyone in the house pick one meal. You’ll be less likely to shop impulsively, and everyone will look forward to their night.
- When something we use a lot is on sale, I stock up big time. I know I’m paying the lowest price possible for the product, and we always have it on hand.
- Put your child in charge of looking through The Whole Deal®, tearing out coupons and handing them to the cashier.
5 Ways to Eat Better on a Budget
- Skip processed snacks. Prep raw veggies ahead and portion into reusable containers. Store in the front of the fridge, so they’re easy to find when hunger strikes.
- Stretch the animal protein. Fill their plates mostly with healthy whole grains and vegetables, and about three ounces of meat, poultry or seafood.
- Buy some. Make some. Create quick home-cooked meals with a little help from our value-priced frozen entrees, veggies or appetizers.
- Give leftovers a new life. Transform meatloaf to sandwiches, chopped fresh veggies to roasted veggies and diced roasted chicken to burrito filling – just add beans!
- Batch and stash. Prepare a big batch of staple ingredients — lentils, whole grains or veggies — then incorporate them into various dishes during the week.
Hungry for more ways to save? Check out The Whole Deal® value guide in store or online. It’s chock full of wallet-friendly tips, coupons and budget-conscious recipes like these:
Healthy Food Choices AnytimeThese simple tips from our friends at PBS Kids can help your whole family make better choices:
- Choose low-fat or fat-free milk, cheese and yogurt.
- Try grilled foods instead of fried.
- Eat a rainbow! Try to add as many colorful fruits and vegetables as you can to your meals and snacks.
- Choose whole grains (whole-wheat tortillas, pastas, crackers and more).
- Reach for water instead of soda.