Food prices are high today. Well, prices for everything is higher than normal than a few years ago. Yet, it’s the sticker shock at the grocery store which is most alarming because we all gotta eat. And if you have a different way of eating it can be expensive. So today I want to give you several tips for doing Keto on a budget. Yes, you can stay on the Keto Diet and not overspend if you follow the tips in this guide.
Doing Keto On A Budget: Buy Conventionally-Raised Meat
When it comes to meat this is usually the most expensive food item in your list. for doing Keto on a budget consider buying conventionally-raised meat.
This tip will make some people upset because there is a divide between eating just grass-fed/grass-finished beef and pastured-raise pork and chicken, and those who want to eat conventionally-raised meat. Yes, the grass-fed and pastured-raised meat and eggs do have more nutrition but they are more expensive. Mostly because it takes longer to raise those animals to slaughter. So if you need to save some money it’s fine, in my opinion, to buy non-grass-fed and non-pastured-raised animals.
I do it myself. While I would love to buy the best of the best it’s just too expensive for me. Now, I do buy pasture-raised eggs because those are affordable in my area, but the meats aren’t, unfortunately.
You can use this suggestion with fish and seafood but you need to verify where the fish and seafood was farmed. Some countries don’t use good feed or don’t have good farming practices. I suggest to buy American-farmed, or Atlantic-farmed fish and seafood. If you come across fish and seafood farmed from Norway or Asian countries stay away from them!
Doing Keto On A Budget: Buy Frozen Vegetables In Bulk
Buying fresh produce is fantastic but it can be expensive. Thus, if you’re doing Keto on a budget buy frozen vegetables in bulk to save money.
Buying frozen veggies are usually cheaper than buying fresh produce, especially if you can catch a good sale. The steamable bags may not give you a good deal when comparing veggies in a non-steamable bag. It depends if you’re willing to save money because you don’t mind steaming your veggies on the stove.
And you usually get more food for your money. While you can buy a head of broccoli or a bunch of asparagus, you can get more in a bag in the frozen section. If you’re a member at Sam’s Club, BJs, or Costco you can buy huge bags of frozen veggies pretty reasonably.
Finally, you don’t have to worry about your vegetables spoiling because they’re already frozen. And these will keep in your freezer for months if not over a year.
Doing Keto On A Budget: Consider Drinking Your Meals
Another tip for doing Keto on a budget is to consider drinking your meals. I know, I know, you shouldn’t drink your calories. In this case it’s fine because you’re going to drink a meal, not a soda or some non-nutritious drink.
So how can you drink a meal that will be good for you? By adding fat! Fat keeps us full longer, provides energy on the Keto Diet, and is pretty tasty. A popular meal-drink is Bulletproof Coffee. While you can buy the drink already prepared you can make it yourself easily at home. Just search online for a recipe, there are many, and try one out. Here’s a suggestion to reduce the cost: Replace MCT Oil with Organic, Unrefined Coconut Oil.
If you’re not into coffee you can make Butter Tea. It’s basically the same recipe as Bulletproof Coffee but uses tea instead.
Finally, you can drink bone broth as a meal. Again, you can buy bone broth from the store but it’s easy to make at home using whatever meat bones you like. I used to make beef bone broth quite a bit years ago. I just made some recently when I hurt my jaw and didn’t want to chew food and it as fantastic! You can buy meat bones from grocery stores or a local butcher for cheap and create a tasty drink in a matter of hours.
Final Tip: Consider Skipping A Meal
No, I don’t mean for you to starve yourself. Yet, you can consider starting intermittent fasting to help save money. I wrote an article about how to start intermittent fasting here.
While it does take time to condition your body to get used to eating less, once you develop the habit it works pretty well. I only eat twice a day now, and I eat normal-size meals when I do. Thus, I’m saving money because I don’t have to buy as much food as I did before.
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