Paleo on a Budget

  2017-08-15 07:40AM
Are you trying to stick to a Paleo diet but feel its taking a toll on your bank account? It doesnt have to! With a few tips and proper planning, you and your wallet will feel pretty full. The typical rule of thumb for following a Paleo Plan is this: Lean Meats, Lots of Veggies, Nuts/Seeds, Some Fruit, Little Starch, No Sugar! If you arent able to follow this 100% of the time, try 80%. Follow these simple tips and. Meat: This is most likely where you will spend most of your money. If you are able to buy your meat in bulk from a local farmer or butcher, thats the way to go. If not, approach the meat manager at your local grocer and ask when they mark down their almost expired meats. If you cant use them right away, freeze them for later in the week or month. You can also opt to buy a whole chicken that will typically go a longer way when you use the meat in soups or stews. I will sometimes slow cook a whole chicken and then shred it or cut in small pieces to be used in a variety of ways throughout the week. Im not a huge canned food buyer; however, many find the Alaskan wild canned salmons to be pretty decent and often on sale. Veggies: Veggies are where you can really cut back on your budget. If you are able to grow your own, thats the obvious choice. If not, buy whatever is in season. Otherwise, choose the less expensive vegetables such as lettuces, greens, carrots, onions, celery, cucumbers, and squash. Always chop your own rather than buying them prepackaged. Local farmers markets are a great choice to since their veggies are super fresh, mostly organic and inexpensive. Nuts/Seeds: Nuts and seeds can be pretty pricey so try to buy in bulk. If your local store doesnt have bulk items available, try shopping online. A lot of grocers have weekly deals so keep an eye out for those and stock up. Fruit: Your fruit budget should be pretty low considering you shouldnt be eating much more than one to two servings a day. Same as vegetables, buy whatever is in season and if necessary, buy frozen. You can often find deals on overly ripe fruits that you can turn into preserves or freeze and use in smoothies. Starch: Sweet potatoes, yuca, and plantains are all great starch options while following a Paleo diet. Since you are eating little starch these items should be very wallet friendly as well. Sugar: No sugar should mean no sugar but lets be may need to use a sweetener for something along the way. Since you shouldn't be using it often, it wont impose too much on your budget either! Some of the biggest changes that I made personally were to not over buy, use everything and take inventory before shopping. If you find your veggies are wilting or your fruit is too ripe, dont throw it away, simply freeze it or use it in a soup or smoothie. Meal plan as best you can so you dont over buy and under use. While bacon may be all the Paleo rage, its also expensive and not necessary! Stick with the basics, keep it simple and youll not only be loving your meals but your bank account as well!


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