Now that I’ve gone over how I buy healthy foods, let’s look at a few of my go-to quick and easy recipes for eating healthy on a budget!
Hello, again! Welcome to the finale of my eating healthy on a budget series! Well, at least for now! So far, I’ve gone over how I buy my produce, grains, meat, and dairy on a budget, so naturally I have to go over some foolproof recipes I use!
I love food. Like, more than is probably healthy. It’s a good thing I love healthy food! I have a bunch of recipes for you today that I use on a weekly basis. So, these are actually healthy eating tips and recipes that I totally use, not just a bunch I pulled of the internet and compiled into a post (even though that’s where I found them in the first place!). If the recipe calls for something I didn’t mention before (like spices), I’ll let you know where and how I get those. So, let’s go over some quick and easy, healthy recipes!
Overnight oats are something I never thought I would like, but I totally do! They are super easy to make, and I can whip up a bunch for the week to eat for a healthy breakfast. Take 1 cup each of rolled oats and milk (any kind you like) and pour into a jar or sealable container. Add in ¼ teaspoon of vanilla extract, and items like chia seeds or flax seeds. You can then add in any fruits you want. Peach is a good one, as is strawberry, banana, or mixed berry. Shake up (or stir) then place in the fridge overnight. Bam. It will be great in the morning! Plus, they also make very healthy snacks!
Vanilla extract I get pretty cheap at a normal grocery store, and I buy my chia and flax seeds in bulk sections (so much cheaper!).
I may have mentioned before that I love smoothies. I make them all the time. My go-to basic recipe always includes 1-2 frozen bananas, ¼-½ cup of yogurt, and a handful of spinach (fresh or frozen). From there, I either add in whatever fresh fruit I have, or more frozen fruit. Sometimes I’ll add in about 5 strawberries, or a handful of frozen berries, or even go a more citrus route.
I don’t have a set smoothie I make all the time. I change it up depending on my mood, and what I currently have in my freezer, so I keep these easy healthy meals pretty simple. If I decide to add oats, I usually add about ¼ to ½ a cup. It’s not an exact science. Although, I prefer thicker smoothies, so add milk, juice, or more fresh fruits to make it thinner for your healthy eating tastes!
I make quinoa salad in a jar all the time for work. In fact, I’m usually eating one as I write these blogs, so the odds of me eating one right now as I type is super high (spoiler alert: I am). Salads in a jar are like my favorite healthy foods to eat ever. Maybe because I love mason jars. Maybe because I love healthy salads. Who knows for sure.
I make this simple salad up most mornings before work. Layering is key. First, dressing at the bottom. I mix a 1:1 ratio of balsamic vinegar and olive oil, maybe about a tablespoon total. Then, I add in greens, usually a mix of romaine hearts, spinach, and red leafy lettuce. Next, I add in about ½ a cup of pre-cooked quinoa, and then about a ¼ cup chopped cucumber on top of that. And done! When I’m ready to eat, I shake it up really well, open it, and we’re golden!
I get olive oil in bulk, and I try to find balsamic (the one I have right now is fig infused) on sale. Use coupons if you can!
I love wraps. You can get tortillas very cheap, and they keep much longer than bread. I’m going to try to make tortillas one day, so that would be so cool! But I digress. Basically I make my wraps like everything else: with whatever health food I have. Usually, lettuce, carrots, cucumbers, avocado or guacamole, and quinoa. So filling, and so good! Fill up your tortilla wrap with whatever you want, even meats if that is your thing, wrap it up, and bon appetit! Chicken and red meats would be good in wraps too!
I haven’t done a post on tacos yet, and honestly that surprises me. I grew up in south Texas. Tacos are life. Not always healthy meals, but sooo good! These veggie tacos are very similar to the ones I make a lot. Stuff them full of greens, cucumbers, tomatoes, pico de gallo if you have it, and add a bit of yummy green sauce. I am lucky and can get a locally made tomatillo salsa that is heaven, but you can make a similar one using this recipe! If you prefer meaty tacos, go for it. Chicken would be perfect to add to this, or even fajita meat! Yum! Eating healthy on a budget does not exclude meat. Get whatever meat you can on sale or with coupons, and make sure you store your meat in the freezer properly to keep it longer!
Pasta is my weakness. I love pasta. I have eaten pretty much any type of pasta every kind of way you can think. That’s why they are go-to healthy dishes of mine. Pasta is easy to make, and you can add almost anything to it. I don’t normally eat meat, but this is totally something you can add meat to! My family usually adds it into the sauce. I make this super easy pasta dish, sometimes with veggies and an alfredo sauce, or without veggies and a red sauce. It’s all up to what you want in your healthy dinners! Sometimes I use olive oil and spices instead of sauce. Make your pasta with veggies any way you want!
I buy my pasta sauce when it’s on sale, and it keeps a long time in the pantry.
Via Daily Burn
Smoothie bowls are the sort of snack/dessert thing I make a lot. Smoothies, thick like a soft churned ice cream, in a bowl full of toppings. They’re healthy food ideas that double as dessert! Like with smoothies, I don’t really make the same one twice, but I do start with the same base that I use for regular smoothies. Instead of adding a lot of fresh fruit, though, I keep it mostly frozen. I add just enough juice and fresh fruit to get it all blended together. Pour into a bowl, top with fruit, yogurt, nuts, chia, flax, cacao, etc., and you have a yummy healthy dessert!
And there you have it, folks! Some of my favorite go-to healthy meal ideas that you can make on a budget! What do you think? Did you like this series? I sure did! Let me know what you thought of these healthy living posts in the comments below, and don’t forget to share this post! Stay creative (and healthy!), my friends!