Choosing a diet that is low in carbohydrates can be a decision that improves your life. However, you must also think about your budget. It is not that difficult to plan everything through and save some money while maintaining your lifestyle.
Think about the essentials
When you begin to plan your budget you should start by looking at the essential things that you need for your low carb recipes. You will soon notice that you often spend money on food that you do not need. There are three important categories that you need in your diet: vegetables, fats and protein.
Obviously, your top priority should be constructing a healthy diet that is diverse enough. However, it is not impossible to do that while also thinking about the costs. We will explain how you can save money for each category.
When you think about low carb foods, vegetables are essential. They go well with your diet and they are also very healthy. However, one of the drawbacks is that they go bad really fast, sometimes before you even have a chance to eat them.
Wasting fresh vegetables is obviously a waste of money, so you should find out how to avoid that. There are some vegetables that you can cut up and place in zip-lock bags. This way you can protect them and they won’t go bad that fast.
It could also help to buy frozen vegetables, especially when you are going to use them for cooked dishes. The nutritional value is the same and you won’t have to worry about consuming them quickly. If you can, you should also consider growing a few things yourself.
When it comes to fats, you must purchase healthy oils. However, these oils are the most expensive ones, so it might be a good idea to wait until there are some sales. You should also think about buying nuts, avocado, coconut oil or coconut milk. They are high fat foods and you might find them at a good price.
You probably spend a lot of money on protein food such as meat or fish. That is why you should start planning your meals carefully. Think about how much protein you need and calculate it into grams. It also helps to look out for sales.
Now that you have covered the essential elements, you might think about buying something extra. For example, many people can’t live without dessert. You could save some money by preparing yours at home. Why not look up some low carb ice cream recipes or halo top recipes? If you feel like having a snack you should try buying some nuts and seeds.
If you want some beverages, such as soft drinks or coffee, you can try finding alternatives that are not that expensive. Perhaps it would be a good idea to replace them with homemade shakes or smoothies. They are just as tasty, but they are healthier and less expensive.
Brad is a former Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University, is an award-winning travel, culture, and parenting writer. His writing has appeared in many of the Canada’s most respected and credible publications, including the Toronto Star, CBC News and on the cover of Smithsonian Magazine. A meticulous researcher who’s not afraid to be controversial, he is nationally known as a journalist who opens people’s eyes to the realities behind accepted practices in the care of children. Brad is a contributing journalist to Advocator.ca