Follow along with SNAP-Ed NY Nutrition Educator, Mary Ann, as she shows you the first step (out of three) to eating healthy on a budget using your local farmer’s market!
The first step in eating healthy on a budget is planning!
It’s important to make a plan before you go grocery shopping or to your local farmer’s market. Making a grocery list can help you maximize your money and make healthier choices. But what should you put on your shopping list?
Here are some tips for making and sticking to a healthy plan:
• Plan out your dinners for the entire week. This will help you to create a shopping list to stick to. When you have all the ingredients for your meals, you will be less tempted to order pizza, take-out, or fast-food during the week.
• Never shop hungry. This will help you stick to your list and avoid buying unnecessary items. It will also help you avoid buying items on impulse.
• Look at your local grocery store or market’s website or flyer to see what’s available, in season, or on sale, and then plan your meals around those deals!
• Never go shopping without a shopping list!
Remember to use MyPlate to plan healthy, balanced meals.
Here are some tips to keep in mind:
• Vary your protein–and don’t forget to choose lean proteins, such as beans or canned tuna!
• Choose low-fat dairy options to help keep your heart healthy down the road.
• Make half your plate fruits and vegetables. Your local farmer’s market is a great place to get fresh, local produce.
These are small changes you can make that will make a big difference on your health! Next time you go to your local grocery store or market, start with a plan. Following these tips will help you eat healthier and stick to your budget!