Eating Healthy on a Budget

With the cost of food continuing to rise, we know that eating healthy can be a financial challenge to many people.

See below for our Dietitians’ top tips for saving money on healthy food.

  1. Check for deals – check grocery store flyers online for deals on fresh fruits and vegetables. Some stores also have points cards (like PC Optimum) which can be used to get discounts on groceries. 
  2. Plan your meals (and grocery shopping) in advance – meal planning can help reduce food waste. Make a meal plan and grocery list, and stick to it when shopping.
  3. Use price matching – many grocery stores allow you to price match with deals at other grocery stores.
  4. Buy in bulk – you can save money by buying commonly used items in bulk, such as grains, legumes, nuts and seeds.
  5. Shop in season – buying fruits and vegetables when they are in season can help lower the cost. Check out this link for a list of when produce is in season: Availability guide | Foodland Ontario
  6. Try plant based proteins – the cost of meat is rising; plant based proteins such as tofu, beans, chickpeas, and lentils are very low cost in comparison and have tons of health benefits. 
  7. Make your coffee at home – instead of paying $5 or more for Starbucks, try making your own coffee at home and save money (up to $1000+ annually if you buy coffee 4 days/week!!). See below for a recipe.
  8. Have a dinner party at home – Instead of going out for food and drinks with friends, consider hosting a dinner party or potluck at home. 

Eating healthy does not need to be complicated or expensive. Work with one of our Registered Dietitians today and learn how you can maximize your health gains without breaking the bank!

Starbucks Copycat Iced Cold Brew

  • 2 cups cold brew coffee, chilled
  • ½ cup milk (regular or plant-based)
  • ¾ tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp maple syrup 
  • 1½ – 2 cups ice 
  • cocoa powder to garnish

Add ice cubes into 2 glasses. Pour in coffee, milk, vanilla extract, and maple syrup. Sprinkle some cocoa powder on top (if you want). Serve immediately. ENJOY!

Recipe from: 5-Minute Iced Cold Brew Latte (Healthy Starbucks Copycat) – DWELL by michelle

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