If you’re looking for a reason beyond health to go plant based, the reason may very well be inflation.
With food costs on the rise, it’s time to evaluate where you are spending and take control of your weekly food bill.
According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, grocery prices increased on average 3.5% over the last year, increasing grocery bills by well over $500 a year for a family of four.
The greatest increases have been with meats, poultry, fish, and eggs by 5.2%.
Add to this the increase in gas prices, long-term unemployment over the past year, and an increase in many people’s waistlines, one might wonder if there is anything they can do.
One of the most effective things to do is incorporate more beans, legumes, fruits, and vegetables into your diet. Yep! Move toward a plant-based diet.
Many people are under the mistaken belief that a plant-based diet is expensive.
Nothing could be that further from the truth. With a bit of preplanning, you can cut your grocery bill substantially by going whole food, plant based.
Give yourself a reasonable budget for meals. Limit impulse trips to the grocery store by shopping once a week and creating a shopping list… and sticking with the list.
- Shop in the bulk section for whole grains, dried beans, lentils, flours, dried fruit and nuts/seeds and spices.
- Keep an eye on specials at local stores.
- Shop local when possible.
- Create meals that include foods high in nutrients that are filling including those with sweet potatoes, brown and black rice, various types of beans and vegetables.
- Although fresh is always a great option, it’s not always reasonable based on time of year. Frozen vegetables, without added salt and sugar, are a great choice. Especially when they are on sale.
Use a Slow Cooker
My very favorite appliance is my slow cooker. I love it and use it quite a bit. Not only can I cook enough for several meals all at once, I can freeze portions for meals later in the week.
It’s possible to cook a healthy meal that costs under $1 – $2 per serving with a slow cooker.
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