When we think about going on a healthy diet, the first thing we think to do is start eating more home-cooked meals. Home-cooked meals are healthy and you know what goes into those ingredients. It makes it easier for you to control what you put in your body and also makes sure that no processed food is a part of your meal.
It’s no secret that processed food is pretty bad for you, but the way most of our lifestyles are, we heavily rely on processed food. We either don’t have time or the money to buy organic ingredients.
The Appeal of Processed Food
Busy entrepreneurs and broke students often go for processed food for easy and quick options and also to save a pretty penny. While it has become more of a necessity for people, it is important to find ways to eat healthily.
Processed food and one-serving kits are often packed with unnecessary sugars, sodium, and fillers. The convenience of having “ready-made” food or “food-to-go” option just isn’t worth the lifelong health problems that come with it.
Is Eating Out Expensive?
If you often eat out, even then you can likely spend a lot on food than you would if you bought all the ingredients and made the same dishes at home. You can definitely spend less money and eat healthier by purchasing fresh ingredients from the farmers’ market or your local store.
You Do Not Have to Buy Already Prepped (Peeled, Sliced, Cut) Ingredients
Just because you have to now cook the food, doesn’t mean that you go out and find everything ready to just be added. It adds up the cost for something you can do in just a few minutes.
Instead of buying chopped fruit or bags of already-peeled garlic, just buy them fresh and prep and cut the quantity whenever you need them. Instead of buying meat in bulk and storing it in the freezer for a long time, try buying a limited quantity.
You Do Not Have to Buy One-Serving Kits
When people ditch processed food, they start missing the convenience that those packets provided. So, people often opt for food sold in a box or kit is marked as “healthy,” most of the times it isn’t healthy. There is processed meats, sugary dried fruit, and sugary dressing in most of the single-serving boxes or kits. One of the popular options for this is the salad.
Salad is the epitome of a healthy option. So, if there is a salad kit, people usually buy it. But, it sort of becomes preprocessed and is also pricey. You can buy a whole week’s of supply at the price of one serving you would get from the box.
While buying fresh ingredients each time might seem like extra effort, but it is totally worth it when it comes to your health in the long run. You can also keep an expense tracker to track how much money you spend. You will see at the end of the month that you spent less on fresh ingredients than you would on processed food or kits.