You don’t have to spend a lot of money if you have diabetes. Once you have met with a Dietitian or Certified Diabetes Educator and developed a meal plan to fit your lifestyle, the plan can fit any budget. Everyone can benefit from this healthy way of eating, and there’s no need for special foods or individual meals. Here are some very important tips to help maximize nutritional value and minimize the hit on your grocery bill:
Know your budget and stick to it
Have a weekly menu that fits your plan and make a shopping list. Shop on a full stomach. 🙂
It will help you stick to your list. Use coupons only for items you are sure to use and be aware – end-of-aisle displays are not always bargains.
Buy in season and on sale
Fruit and veggies in season are cheaper. Freeze your own of buy frozen vegetables and fruits, they are often less expensive. yet their flavour and nutrients are as good as fresh.
Save on milk
Using skim milk powder or evaporated milk reconstituted in recipes that call for milk. Powered milk is cheaper and doesn’t need refrigeration. Freeze bags of milk for up to six weeks. Buy cheese in blocks and grate it yourself.
Buy in bulk
It is often cheaper – whole grains, dried beans and lentils, mil in bags, skim milk powder and yogurt in large tubs rather than cups. Buy a whole chicken rather than pieces. Cook in bulk an dfreeze in serving sizes.