Many things contribute to the fact that many of us don’t have access to the foods we need and desire, if we do have access to them they are so expensive that we can not afford them. That becomes discouraging and without the proper knowledge being healthy can be a battle.
But help is here, I am a mother, wife, business owner, I work a 9-5 and I struggle with paying bills and making the dreaded grocery list. Some weeks we only have 50-100 to spend on groceries. On weeks I am able to splurge a little I make sure I hit the meat market, unlike stores like Walmart the meat is fresher at the meat market. (whole food stores are also good to shop at but remember budgeting).
Meat markets usually have bundle deals and amazing family packs. Chicken breast, turkey, eggs, fish and steak are great options and aren’t that expensive at meat markets (I find that mom and pop markets are the best, they may be smaller than Whole Foods but they have a good variety, answer any questions and can tell you where the meat came from.
Also when on a budget though canned food is ok if packed in its own juice but flash frozen veggies are good and great for steaming. While in the store get things like rice, sweet potatoes, onions, spinach (fresh), apples, lemons and another fresh fruit in season. These essential items will not only give your great meals but also fill you up.
Buying things like frozen dinners and pre-made mix’s, gravy’s etc is the sodium, calories and carbs. Don’t be afraid to make your own sweet and sour sauce, gravy, spaghetti sauce, trust me it will taste better and be cheaper.
I try to make as much of my meal from scratch because I can control the salt, butter, seasoning and count my own calories and portion sizes. Plus I can store my left overs and know it’s fresh. That alone can help weight fall off and muscle form.