IS HEALTHY EXPENSIVE?

by Yasmin Nolasco

Grocery shopping can be a tedious task for many of us while supplying our pantry and fridge with the usual items we “go to.” We walk through the aisles as quickly as possible without reading nutrition labels or exploring new produce. We tend to focus on the cheapest items to stay on budget. But what about our health?

The truth is that food has definitely increased in price since 1914. Food Inflation in the United States averaged 3.40 percent from 1914 until 2021. This year alone  food prices are estimated to rise an overall 5% in the first half of 2022.

With our busy work lives, most of us are focused on quick and cheap but what if healthy was affordable? If we focus on healthy meals this can also be in our budget. Here’s the trick:

  1. Choose an affordable store.
  2. Pick a whole grain, protein, and variety of veggies.
  3. Shop in bulk.
  4. Choose grains like brown/black/wild rice, barley, oats, farro, millet, or quinoa. Pick a few proteins like chicken, frozen fish, tuna, sardines. Choose beans and a variety of colorful vegetables, these can be frozen. In fact, frozen berries are great for smoothies.

Have you ever noticed that processed and packaged food are in the center of the store? Most grocery stores have the same layout. Produce is on one side, baked goods are on the other side, and meats and dairy are in the back. Processed foods go in the middle because they have a longer shelf life (notice preservatives!). These cheap junk foods are to be avoided. Fruits and vegetables are in the front of the store for a reason. Fortunately, fruits and vegetables can be affordable depending on where you shop. We have Aldi, Save a Lot, Walmart, and International grocers that provide affordable produce. Choose affordable real foods!

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For more nutrition advice, you can book a consultation or call our office at 240-766-4552

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