“Priya, what should I eat to stay in shape?! Healthy food is so expensive!”
If I had a dime for every time someone asked me this question, I’d be able to afford that designer expensive food that people refer to!
Sadly, no one is paying me for my foodie thoughts — just my kick-ass Doonya workouts! But there’s really no reason to stress out over designer-food prices. Eating healthy, nutritious meals on a budget is very do-able!
Here are 6 Tips to keep your waist slim and your wallet full!
Eggs: They’re what are for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Personally I eat two per day. Whether it’s an omelet with spinach and other fresh veggies for breakfast or a hard boiled egg as a snack, this is an easy way for me to get in my protein (especially as a vegetarian) cheaply!
Take Advantage of the Season
Seasonal produce is usually on sale. And, it’s at it’s ripest! For fall, I definitely fill my shopping cart with lots of apples to eat with peanut butter!
Take it Slow
Take those fresh, seasonal, cheap ingredients and drop them into a slow cooling crock pot. I LOVE mine and use it all the time! One of my favorite crock pot recipes is for split-pea soup:
In the morning, fill your crock pot with:
- Equal Parts Dried Split Peas and Water
- 1 Onion
- Chopped Carrots
- Salt + Pepper
Top your bowl of soup with a spoon of Greek yogurt and some lemon juice! It’s the perfect meal to come home to after a hard Doonya class.
To avoid going out for lunch or dinner, cook for the week — or at least a few days ahead of time. If you’re in the mood, make a large quantity. If you know you have food at home, there’s no reason to stop off for a slice of pizza. Planning out your meals helps to make sure your diet is balanced!
Don’t Spend at Bucks
Start brewing your own coffee, or, in my case, steeping your own tea. Invest in interesting flavors of tea and you’ll have a cheap way to satisfy that sweet tooth without excess sugar or going to Starbucks! When I was in Paris, I got hooked on Chocolate tea. Rohan and I meet over a cup of Chocolate tea regularly!
Stop Being Lazy!
We buy pre-packaged foods because they’re fast and easy. But by spending a little more of your time on food, you will add tremendous benefits to your health. Buy simple, unprocessed, generic brands. They are cheaper and you can moderate the content that then goes into your meals. Try making your own granola with plain oats, agave, spices and raisins! Or — go for peeling an orange and chewing it vs chugging down a big glass of sugar-filled OJ. Remember, by cooking you are being active and burning more calories ! Let me know how these tips work out for you. Send me pics of your food and updates on your life at @priya_pandya @doonya!