5 ways to eat healthy — for less

 These simple steps may point the way to supermarket savings

Here are five smart strategies to help you do just that:

1. Make a money-saving menu

Check store fliers or websites to find out which healthy foods are on sale — and draw up a menu that features them. Once your menu is set, write a shopping list — and stick with it.

2. Shop in season

Not only are produce picks such as berries and tomatoes less expensive when they’re in season — they’re also more delicious. See “Find out what’s freshOpens a new window” for a few ideas.

Another option? Take advantage of staples that are typically inexpensive year round, such as carrots, bananas, sweet potatoes and cabbage. Frozen and canned fruits and veggies can also be penny-wise picks. Look for those packaged without added sodium, fat and sugar.

3. Buy in bulk

You may find great deals on beans, whole grains, unsalted nuts and seeds in your market’s bulk section.

In the meat section, look for family packs of fish and skinless chicken. Then freeze what you don’t need right away. Wrap it well — and label it for future reference.

4. Be a now-and-then vegetarian

Going meatless even once a week can be budget-friendly. Make chili with black beans instead of your usual beef. You could even do breakfast for dinner. Veggie omelets, anyone?

5. Ward off waste

Pay attention to “sell by” or “best used by” dates so you know how long your food will stay fresh. Use highly perishable items first — and save the longer-lasting items for later in the week.

And if you have leftovers? Turn them into creative combos. Tuck extra roast chicken into a sandwich for tomorrow’s lunch. Or fold leftover steamed veggies into a frittata or casserole.

What to do next

Join us for an online seminar. You can pick up more ideas for “Easy meal makeovers” on Tuesday, March 14, 12:30 p.m. ET, 11:30 a.m. CT. Register here 

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