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How to Buy Healthy Food on a Budget (video)

Andrea King-Collier is a journalist, mother and a food activist. She recognizes that eating healthy can seem costly to a busy working parent but in her opinion the benefits are surely worth the extra effort. In this video she offers some practical advice for eating healthy on a budget.

  • Shop seasonally – Take advantage of locally grown, seasonal products. These are often much cheaper than produce that is imported or not in season.
  • Explore farmer’s markets – Take a closer look at your local farmer’s market, you may find some good deals and even special discounts for SNAP recipients.
  • Plan ahead – Make a list and try to stick to only those items.
  • Make tradeoffs – Instead of buying soda or junk food, use the extra money you’re saving for vegetables, fruits or quality lean meats.
  • Buy in bulk – If you find a good sale, take advantage and buy more — you can easily bag and freeze for months to come. Great idea for berries in smoothies!
  • Batching – A great option that will save money and time: make a big batch of black bean chili and keep some in the freezer, stashed away for a busy night when you don’t have as much time to cook.

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ParentEarth.com has great videos about food for parents and pregnant women on everything from cooking and gardening to nutrition and behavior. Our mission is to answer parents' questions about food and create a world that nurtures healthy, thriving children.

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12:44PM PST on Mar 1, 2013

TY

8:04AM PDT on Jun 28, 2012

Don't say raspberries are healthy.

9:00AM PDT on Jun 27, 2012

thanks

5:11AM PDT on Jun 3, 2012

great tips

11:52AM PDT on May 19, 2012

Thanks for posting!

7:01AM PDT on Mar 20, 2012

good tips

10:36AM PST on Jan 1, 2012

I often get good deals on organic produce at my local grocery stores.

5:10AM PST on Jan 1, 2012

These are great ideas. Some I already know and use and some are new and I will work into my future plans. Thank you.

12:57PM PDT on Sep 21, 2011

never go shopping on an empty stomach

7:13PM PDT on Sep 6, 2011

Thanks Nicole.

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