Creative Ways For Millennials To Eat Healthier On A Budget
As millennials, we want cheap, easy and delicious food, fast. We don’t have the time to sit around and cook homemade meals all the time, but our wallets can’t afford our expensive taste much longer, we call this a Catch-22 my friends. This is where I come in, to say yes, yes, we can have our cake and eat it too, and this is how.
Avocados Are Life
Avocados are what millennial dreams are made of. Yes, they are semi-expensive and very temperamental, but so worth it. Avocados are filled with healthy fats, keeping you fuller longer and helping you to avoid those afternoon food cravings. Stuffed avocados are a satisfying and filling snack. Use half an avocado and save the other half, with the pit still in it, in the fridge for another day. The avocado by itself is a good snack, but by adding salsa, corn or beans to it, you are creating a mini meal packed with vitamins and protein to hold you over until your next meal. This is also a super portable snack, making it easy to eat on the go.
Being A Basic Bitch
It may seem basic and a bit boring to pre-make the same breakfast every day of the week, but it is a super helpful and time-saving tip. No one has time in the morning to worry about making breakfast. Let’s face it, you barely have enough time to wake up and get ready so you need a breakfast that is already prepared and ready to go. Something like overnight oats or smoothies are great options. You can make up several mason jars of oats with nut milk, add in some maple syrup and cinnamon for extra flavor and sweetness, mix it all up and put it in the fridge. In the morning just grab it, toss in a few berries and head out the door. Pre-making smoothies are simple too, just fill Ziploc bags with all the ingredients you want in your smoothies, pop them in the freezer, then grab them out and blend them up with liquid in the morning for a quick and healthy breakfast.
Bust Out Your Rice Cooker
Rice is so inexpensive and easy to make it should be illegal. You can get a huge bag of rice for less than $10 and it lasts forever. Rice is also really versatile, as you can add it to just about anything and make it a meal. You can cook up a big batch of rice and store it in your fridge for the week. When you are ready to make dinner you can just heat up the rice. I love making fried rice, stir-fry and steamed veggies with rice. Honestly, the possibilities are endless. Bonus, by already having your rice pre-made, you cut your cooking time down by at least half.
Don’t Be A Dummy, Snack Smarter
Don’t buy junk food or cheap processed snacks, even though it’s tempting, trust me I know; instead buy frozen or fresh fruit, nuts, and seeds, or hummus and veggies to snack on. You will only reach for these snacks when you are actually hungry and crave something to eat. These are delicious healthy snacks that you actually have to get up and put together, or at least put in a bowl and won’t mindlessly munch on like a bag of chips or other processed foods. Even if you aren’t actually hungry and just feel like a grabbing something to eat, these options are much healthier alternatives to snack on.
Betty Crocker Ain’t Got Nothin On You
Make granola or protein bars to snack on all week long. Contrary to popular belief, it is much cheaper and healthier to make your own granola bars, instead of buying those over-priced snack bars at the store. They last forever and you can even freeze them if you want to make extra. You can pack them in your bag on the go so you won’t be tempted to buy food while you are out. Just pull out your cheap, homemade bar and snack away guilt free and several dollars richer.
Didn’t Your Mom Teach You How To Share?
Making bulk batches of food is a great way to save time and money in the kitchen. When you are cooking a meal, make more than you can eat and save half of it for lunch, or dinner the next day. This will definitely save you time cooking and thinking of another meal later on in the week.
Brr, It’s Cold In Here
Buying frozen veggies is another great trick for fast and healthy cooking. Frozen veggies are the way to go if you aren’t going to use fresh vegetables. They are the next best thing and super convenient to just heat up and add to pasta or as a side dish to any meal.
People Of The World Spice Up Your Life
Adding spices to your food is a fantastic way to change up the flavor of any meal in a super inexpensive way. I’m not just talking salt and pepper here, I mean real spices to add depth and flavor. For starters, use curry to add richness to tofu and rice dishes, paprika for a smoky flavor, chile powder or cayenne pepper to add a spicy kick, or cumin to add to Mexican dishes such as tacos and enchiladas. Spices can really (pun intended) spice up your everyday meals with just a shake of a bottle.
Gotta Get Dat Morning Buzz
I know that making your own coffee or tea can seem like a bit of a hassle, but think of all the money you will be saving when you stop shelling out $5 for a latte every day. No, at home coffee is not as tasty, creamy, or even as pretty as the ones at your favorite café, but save those lattes and specialty teas for when you are meeting a friend, running late or just want to treat yourself. They will taste even better when you save them for these special occasions because they feel like a true treat. Since you aren’t getting them as often, you can actually take the time to appreciate them, and the money you have been saving.