How to buy healthy food for less

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Recently I’ve been making healthy snacks every week to make it easier for me and my colleagues to eat well for the Six-Week Slim-Down. I’ve been baking up healthy bars, trail mixes and more. But making your own healthy snacks and meals isn’t cheap. Unfortunately many of the healthiest ingredients are also some of the most expensive.

Here are five tips for keeping your grocery bill low when you’re starting a new healthy eating regimen.

1. Buy in bulk.

Why buy a $10 bag of coconut flour when your recipe only calls for two tablespoons? Buying in bulk lets you pay for only what you’ll actually use, and ensures that you don’t invest a lot of money paying for ingredients you might decide you don’t like.

2. Choose frozen fruits and veggies.

Flash-frozen produce contains all the nutrients that fresh produce does, but it’s often far less expensive. Consider buying produce such as edamame or berries frozen. If you’re throwing it into a soup or smoothie, you’ll never know the difference. And choose the organic ones; you’ll still be paying less than if you bought conventional produce fresh.

3. Sign up for an organic produce box.

These produce delivery services cost about $30 or $40 and give you a huge amount of fruits and veggies. They’ll also encourage you to think outside the box (pun intended), cooking new foods with a variety of nutrients.

4. Embrace legumes.

Did you know that black beans and red kidney beans boast some of the highest antioxidant counts in the produce world? These foods are typically super cheap (more so if you buy dried versions, which also contain less salt than canned counterparts), and have huge nutritional value.

5. Use everything.

When you have veggies that will soon be past their prime, make a soup and put them in the freezer. And never let leftovers go to waste. You can use veggie scraps to make broths, and cook up leftover parts like squash seeds to make a healthy snack.

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