Dang! All that crap from the organic and health food section is sooo expensive.
Well, yes. Businesses know that there’s an increased interest in health foods, so they make something like Organic Crispy Chicken Crunch Bars with Goji Berries and price it at $14 a bar. And then we’re all like, “I can’t eat healthy cuz it’s so ‘spensive! Screw that!” And then we go grab our McBrisket Buns for breakfast (Eight for $8 on Election Day), and we scarf ‘em down on the drive to work, being sure to keep one back for Jerri, the office manager.
Don’t be a dummy head.
The truth is that eating healthy doesn’t have to be any more expensive than eating crap.
There’s just a couple things to keep in mind so that you don’t spend unnecessarily.
First, don’t go for the pre-packaged, pre-prepared, previously seen on tv funk. That stuff might be healthier in the sense that it excludes an ingredient used in the other leading brand or includes anti-oxidant powder extracted from unicorns, but the “healthy” packaged stuff on the grocery store shelves will have preservatives injected into them, and they’ll be more expensive.
Just make the stuff at home.
For instance, granola in a bar at the health store will include a lot of stuff, probably sugar, that you could control if you made the bars at home. And you could make a lot more of it. And you’d know what went into making it—no unicorn extract.
The key is to prepare healthy foods at home. That way, you’ll ensure that they’re actually healthy, and you’ll be able to cook in bulk, bringing down the cost.
As I’ve said before, cook once and eat twice.
Cook a bunch of rice and beans—something that’ll last ya a few days. Cooking a lot means you don’t have to cook often, and we all know we don’t always feel like cooking. The next night, toss some salsa and guac in with your rice and beans mixture. Allocate a little so that you can later mix it with a fajita mixture of super-spiced peppers and onions.
The point is, you can make a ton of base mixture, and you can slightly alter it from day to day. This costs essentially nothing.
Buy in bulk. If you know you’re going to make granola, buy the oatmeal and nuts and seeds in bulk. This will cut costs and allow you to make the granola over and over again.
Eat in more than you eat out. You can’t eat healthy at restaurants. And even if you eat healthy out, you can’t eat economically. If you really want to be out when you eat, find a brewery or winery or something that allows you to bring your own food. Make a kick-ass picnic out of it.
I haven’t convinced you yet?
Let’s think long term. The health care costs of eating crap far outweigh the time and effort you put in now to eat healthy. And I don’t mean you have to eat a militarized strict diet of only rice cakes—that’s disgusting.
Start simple. If you don’t cook at all, cook once, making sure to leave some leftover options so you have enough for other meals.
Bottom line, just try to cook at home a little more than you already do. Your future self will appreciate it.
Working Class Vegan Man
Vegan guy who likes sports, beer, and eating healthy.
He's no dummy either. He's got 3 degrees, including a master of arts in international relations. Formerly head grillbilly for the Nashville Sounds minor league baseball team (and formerly 50 lbs heavier), he's on a mission to de-sissify eating healthy.