Not everyone eats healthy food because they can’t afford it but it’s often quite tempting to go for overpriced short foods considering a very tough day at work especially for working moms who are bit exhausted to cook a healthy meal.

While some argue that it is cost efficient to buy ready meals from food counters, people often shoots up with credit card bills by eating out. Well planned meals and smart choices of food ingredients are far affordable that purchasing from convenient stores.

Here are some tips to stretch the value of your money in exchange of healthy foods:

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1. Plan the Meal Ahead

Meal planning makes sure that you provide nutritious meal for your home. Now, as you think of different recipes, you’ll also note the necessary ingredients to avoid buying in excess. Put everything you need in the list so won’t end up picking anything else outside the budget.

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2. Check the Kitchen

Before you even think of listing what you need to buy, be sure to check around your kitchen for food stock. Prioritize only the necessary stuff on your

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3.  Go for frozen foods

Get some fresh poultry meats and red meats from the supermarket and store it up on your fridge. You’ll also save bucks with frozen berries too. With these foods in hand, you can always think of great dishes and desserts for your family. Choose the food to store wisely to avoid throwing your savings right through the garbage bin.

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4. Note for Seasonal Products

Take note of the peak season and harvest time of veggies, crops and fruits. Simply save on bargains as these raw products come to market at its peak. For instance, get fresh asparagus on spring.

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5. Switch to Water and Cut Soda

Sodas are high in calories. Go for water instead of sodas when you’re thirsty. Soda may interfere with insulin levels and add to your food cravings. Pick a glass of cold ice water instead with zero calories, sugar and fats.

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6. High-Protein Breakfast

Start your day with a delicious high protein meal. A protein shake and egg are great breakfast choice. Studies showed that protein helps curb hunger so you won’t be craving for sweets within the day meanwhile carbs will trigger your sweet tooth. A meta-analysis found that fortified shake meal replacement is safe and effective sustaining weight loss and other conditions predispose by obesity.

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7. High fiber foods every day

High fiber foods are natural toxin sweepers. Moreover, it helps daily gastric emptying time making us feel full. It also curbs cravings and helps control blood sugar level. So if you’re on a diet, wishing to lose pounds and inches, load your plates with high fiber foods such as vegetables. A cup of vegetable has approximately 100 calories. It’s a wiser choice over a pack of flakes with 150 calories which don’t seem to satisfy your hunger.

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8. Prepare your own meal

Everybody is tired from work. It’s easier to sit in a fancy restaurant than mess up in the kitchen. To lessen your load, prepare your meal ahead. Purchase zip lock storage packs and plastic containers. Slice and set aside enough meat for each container before you place it inside the freezer.  It helps a lot.

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There’s no price tag when it comes to our health. We work every day to earn a living. It’s all worth it to provide ourselves with nourishment that we deserve.