This blog post is about how my parents won’t buy healthy food for me because they say it’s too expensive. But I am here to tell you that healthy food DOESN’T HAVE TO BE EXPENSIVE!
Here are some tips on how to eat healthier (and cheaper) that will also help you meet your fitness goals.
How to eat healthier on a budget When My Parents won’t Buy Healthy Food?
This article will cover some tips for getting enough nutrients despite the food available at home.
Make Oatmeal Cheap(er)
Oatmeal is great for losing weight, and it’s SUPER cheap! But it can be hard to make. Here’s an easy way:
Go Grocery Shopping with Your Parents (And Tell Them How To Spend Less!)
Even if you’re a parent yourself, this is a great tip if your parents aren’t willing to buy healthy food for you! Just tell them what foods are bad and which ones are good and show them where those foods are in the grocery store.
Limit Your Portions
This is really important if you want to lose weight! If you eat more than your body needs, it will turn into fat, and you’ll never get leaner. So monitor how much food you put on your plate and only eat until you are satisfied.
Learn How to Read Nutrition Facts
This is VERY important when buying food! If you don’t know how much fat, sugar, and calories are in your food, it will be hard to eat healthily. If you’re not sure what facts you should be looking at, read this! 5. Make Your Own Healthy Snacks
Get a Free Gym Membership
If you have a lot of friends, see if any of them will let you use their gym membership for free! If not, don’t pay for one. You can get in shape without going to the gym! Here are some ways to get in shape without going to the gym.
Shop at Second Hand Stores
You can score TONS of free, healthy food by shopping around second-hand stores! People always donate stuff like vegetables and dry food that’s still good (just check for bugs first).
Make Your Own ‘Healthy’ Junk Food
There are a lot of healthy junk food recipes online! For example, you can make your own “Doritos” by following these steps:
Eat Vegetables As a Side Dish
Who says vegetables have to be the main part of dinner? I like to eat my vegetables as a side dish which reduces their cost.
Make Your Own Microwave Meals
This is another easy way to save money! All you need are some microwavable veggies, chicken or beef, and spices! Here’s how I make my own microwavable meals.
What is food insecurity, and how does it affect me?
First off, food insecurity is the lack of access to affordable and nutritious food. It can lead to depression, causing people not to eat at all or eating too much/wrong things that will damage their health in the long run.
Why should I care about healthy food?
You may be thinking to yourself right now: “What the heck does this have to do with me?” If you’re a teenager and want to look good naked, I think it should have something to do with you.
Healthy food also contains minerals and vitamins that will help your body grow into a powerful machine that can fight aliens or whatever it is that you kids do these days.
Tips for getting my parents to buy healthy foods:
Last but not least, here are some tips if your parents won’t buy healthy foods for you:
- Make sure it’s within the budget. If there is no room in your family’s budget to buy healthy food, tell them that you will only eat junk food. Maybe they’ll give in when they see how unhealthy you can get.
- Make a healthy meal plan. If you show them how much healthier you’ll be by eating healthy food, they might give in!
- Shop with your parents and tell them which foods are bad. This is a long shot, but it can still work!
- Try to be creative about the situation. Tell your parents that all of your friends are eating healthy, so you have to keep up with them. I bet they’ll be surprised!
I hope these tips help everyone who wants to eat healthier but can’t afford it!
How can you help parents who have experienced food insecurity?
It will be hard for parents who have experienced food insecurity in the past to provide good and healthy foods for their children because of less budget and lack of experience when they were young.
If possible, try to buy in bulk and buy vegetables that are on sale. You can also prevent leftovers by cooking extra servings. Here are some healthy recipes that you could use to cook for your family:
1. Slow-Cooker Recipes
The crockpot makes cooking dinner a breeze. Just put all the ingredients in and leave it to cook!
2. Snacks That You Can Make at Home
You can make snacks at home too, and it’s healthier than the ones you buy from stores (most likely).
3. Use a Coupon When You Shop
You might not know this, but there’s a website called “Groupon” where you can find coupons from different stores around your area! Just check out the deals and print those which fit in your budget.
4. Use a Recipe Blog
There are a lot of recipe blogs on the internet that you can check out. My favorite food blog is “Smitten Kitchen,” and she has a lot of delicious recipes that won’t cost much! Click here to check it out. There are more, but I just have limited time searching for them, so please let me know if you have any good recipe blogs!
Healthy food doesn’t have to be expensive! Just go grocery shopping with your parents, learn how to read nutrition facts, and make your own snacks! Also, if you can’t do any of the things on this list, then don’t forget that it’s okay to eat junk food sometimes.