Andrea Collier- Healthy Food on a Budget

Andrea King-Collier is a journalist, mother and a food activist. We interviewed her in Washington D.C. during the NABJ conference on health disparities. Andrea recognizes that eating healthy can seem costly to a busy working parent but in her opinion the benefits are surely worth the extra effort. She offered some practical advice for eating healthy on a budget.

  • Shop seasonally – Take advantage of locally grown, seasonal products. These are often much cheaper than produce that is imported or not in season.
  • Explore Farmer’s Markets – Take a closer look at your local farmer’s market, you may find some good deals and even special discounts for SNAP recipients.
  • Plan ahead – Make a list and try to stick to only those items.
  • Make tradeoffs - Instead of buying soda or junk food, use the extra money you’re saving for vegetables, fruits or quality lean meats.
  • Buy in bulk – If you find a good sale, take advantage and buy more, you can easily bag and freeze for months to come. Great idea for berries in smoothies!
  • Batching – A great option that will save money and time: make a big batch of black bean chili and keep some in the freezer, stashed away for a busy night when you don’t have as much time to cook.

We hope these tips are helpful and want to hear some of your ideas!

We also suggest: How to Survive Grocery Shopping with Children

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Comments (10)

Michelle Davis
01.19.12

Use coupons on staples(sugar, condiments, etc) then use those savings to buy organic milk and produce. Spend the same or less and get better food for your family!

vegobsessionchick
01.19.12

Awesome! I am sharing this video!

sjc
01.19.12

Farmers markets around here are more expensive than the grocery store.

Edwina
01.20.12

Sensible advise. How come there are so many people who still don’t get that their health and future health are at stake? Trade offs are the way to go. Stop buying nutritionally devoid junk and eat wholesome food. You’ll save on the cost of doctor’s bills and hospital costs in the long run.

Serendipitydo
01.20.12

Some good advice – I’ll share it to get the word out. The trade-offs are big. Your grocery bill may look higher, but eating out costs will go down – as will your co-pay at the dr’s!

Shira
01.23.12

Great post – and so true! Eating inexpensively is so easy if you cut out he unnecessary goodies that are harmful. Vegetarian is also healthy – dairy and meat can really eat up your budget. Instead try dry beans, sprouted seeds, and veggies for protein! Love this. Healthy doesn’t have to expensive.

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