A very common belief these days is that it costs too much to be a vegan or vegetarian. That’s kind of like saying living in California is outrageously expensive – all too true if you live in Malibu, but not quite the case in Lancaster or Bakersfield. The reality is that eating healthy veg friendly food doesn’t have to cost a whole lot. Here are some of the best ways to eat great food without breaking the bank.
Yes, Eating Out Costs a Lot
Eating at restaurants costs a lot no matter what your diet is – unless of course you order from the value menu at fast food joints. This is exactly what many meat-eaters do, and it often works out to be cheaper than cooking food at home for them. The problem is that this food is hardly ever vegan or vegetarian, and is rarely healthy. Yes, you can splurge on a good restaurant meal sometimes, but if you are trying to stick to a budget you will probably need to do some cooking.
Farmers Markets are Your Friend
Buying your produce at the farmers market cuts the middle men right out of the game. More money goes to the farmer, and you usually get a better deal as well. With markets sprouting up all over the country, this is usually the best option for getting quality organic fruits and veggies at low prices. By steering clear of supermarket produce sections, you also eat whatever is in season, which is natural for humans to do.
Get to Know the Bulk Aisle
The bulk aisle can be a big help when trying to keep food costs down. Packaged foods tend to cost more, so scooping things like rice, beans, and quinoa into your own bags offers significant savings. Good health food stores have extensive bulk sections stocking all kinds of good stuff.
Avoid Processed Foods
One of the best ways to save money is by eating foods close to their natural state as opposed to stuff that has been processed. Things like rice, beans, millet, and lentils are some of the most low-cost foods that you can find.
Try out Your Green Thumb
According to nutrition expert Dr. Greger of NutritionFacts.org, “eating broccoli sprouts are one of the most cost-effective ways to improve one’s diet.” Even if you live in a tiny apartment, you can still grow stuff like sprouts and herbs on the windowsill. It only costs a few cents worth of sprouting seeds to grow a jar full of tasty and nutrient-dense baby greens.
What tips do you have for eating Vegan on the Cheap?
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