Before I go any further, I need to say this first: I recognize that buying ethically-raised animal products is not something that most people choose to do (or in many cases are even able to do), and that’s perfectly fine with me. I am not a die-hard animal rights activist, nor do I ever plan to become one. It’s not an issue of primary importance to me, and I have zero desire to alienate people based on which type of animal products they choose to buy.
This is a topic I’ve been wanting to cover on the blog for a while, but I wanted to lay a foundation with food first. If you’ve been following my blog, you know that I believe in eating a balanced variety of food groups - and not eliminating any food groups - for optimal nutrition. For the most part, if you eat food from every food group on most days, you will probably have pretty good nutritional status.
Digestive health has a special place in my heart. I’ve worked in this area of nutrition for about two years and it still gets me fired up each day. :)
Today, I want to talk about several inexpensive nutrition hacks for better digestion. Improving your digestion can get very pricey, but it certainly doesn’t have to.
One of the keys to staying under my $80-per-week grocery budget (for my husband, Jeremy, and me) is a core group of foods that are always in my fridge (or pantry). All of these items A) have excellent nutritional qualities, B) can be used in a variety of ways, and C) are very inexpensive. They have the perfect food trifecta. ;)
I want to share the process I use week after week to make a whole foods-based, Mediterranean, and budget-friendly meal plan for myself and my husband, Jeremy. It all revolves around planning our core meals for the week.
As Benjamin Franklin said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” Planning is essential, but it doesn't have to be super complicated or hard. I'll show you how! Here are the actual steps I follow to plan a week's worth of whole foods-based, Mediterranean, and budget-friendly meals for myself and my husband.
My husband and I are on a budget. We're paying off school loans, saving for retirement, and saving for a house, so yes. Budget city, One of the biggest ways we save money by budgeting every month is with our food budget.
We plan for about $90 per week spent on food, which rounds out to $360 per month. To figure out a realistic amount to shoot for, we used a fantastic tool called the USDA cost of food plans. This tool estimates the average cost of food per week or per month based on household size.