Stretch Your Dollar: Shopping for fresh produce

(WTNH)– We always hear about the high cost of eating healthy, but according to one expert, that doesn’t have to be the case.

We have why you could stretch your dollar shopping for fresh produce.

You’re not alone if you find yourself avoiding certain aisles at the grocery store to save money even though you know it may not be the healthiest choice.

But Healthy Living Expert Margaret Marshall says it’s time to change your thinking. She says at the cash register, fresh produce actually costs less than many processed foods. You only run into trouble if you don’t eat it.

“If you buy all the other stuff, you may not eat the fresh produce and throw it out at the end of the week. So be conscious of what you’re purchasing at the grocery store,” said Marshall.

She says we actually tend to spend or at least consume more when our food is loaded with sugar.

“It also has absolutely no nutrients in it so it doesn’t nourish you. When you eat food that is nourishing, you don’t need to eat as much because your body will tell you when it’s had enough whereas sugar will keep asking for more,” said Marshall.

A grocery tip? Buy fresh fruits and vegetables that are in-season to save money. Make a meal plan for your week and stick to it. That will save you money right now and even long-term.

“Eating food that is high in sugar and processed food in the long run will affect your health. So in the long run, you may have to go on medications later in life because of it, and you may lose time at work which will cost you money,” said Marshall.

Eating healthy may help save you money at the pharmacy and give you more energy throughout the day.

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