How to eat healthy on a tight budget!
Three dollars and fifty cents is less than a kid’s Jr. Slam at Denny’s, less than a fast food “Value Meals”, and around the price of a “Happy Meal” here in sunny California. How is it that anyone can claim to be able to eat healthy for such a small sum?
Here’s the deal! I am absolutely tired of hearing how expensive it is to eat health. In spite of government data released back in 2012, I still hear people that I respect and admire saying things like “Eating healthy is too expense for much of the population”. This simply is not true and I have wrecked my brain considering ways to easily convey this fact. It finally hit me, when a friend jokingly asked “So ‘Healthful Chef’, what do you eat?”.
As I went through a typical day’s worth of food it was obvious that the style of eating that I have developed and teach in my book The MicroNutrient Solution is rather inexpensive – more than I ever realized. Below is a list of what I might eat in a typical day. I sometimes eat less, but seldom do I eat more than what’s on the listed. I am generally full after eating 80% of the food on the list.
For those who don’t believe you can eat this way and be satisfied, you are probably right. To eat as shown below a person needs to first retrain her pallet and body to overcome common food cravings, which is what my Sustainable Nutrition Action Plan is all about. It has taken me a fair amount of time to fine tune my person eating style to the point where can eat anything I want in moderation, while maintaining micronutrient rich foods as a foundation.
Take the lentil dish listed below for example, the ratio of fat to carbs to protein in the recipe is no accident. As a master research & development chef, I have discovered how to create a near perfect harmony of between taste, fullness, and nutrition. I encourage you to try this quick in expense example to see for yourself that healthy and cheap are not opposites (Lentil Recipe)
What The Healthful Chef Eats