Is eating healthy hard on your wallet?

This article is authored by Dr. Shweta U. Shah.      .

When it comes to preparing meals, the words - healthy and inexpensive ought to be synonymous. By and large, it is quite possible to make the two go hand-in-hand; however, most people aren't quite sure how to make healthy, wholesome meals on a budget! Here are a few meal options which most certainly prove that you can eat wholesome and nutritious meals that are super economical. Here’s how to eat healthy - let this be your guide to the healthiest, cost-effective meals!

5 meal ideas that are super yummy, super nutritious and fit well within your budget!

Stay healthy and fit without breaking the bank! To prep healthy and cost-effective meals, you need to integrate cheap, healthy ingredients in to your set of choices. Here’s a fantastic round-up of meal ideas along with tips for healthy eating:

  1. Scrambled eggs with veggies: This recipe is ideal for a protein-loaded breakfast – it is crammed with the very best nutrients which are cheap. Eggs are easily the cheapest and most adaptable protein – 1 egg gives you 7 grams of the muscle-builder; alongside throw in onions, tomatoes, spinach, bell peppers and coriander – all nutritional powerhouses. This super wholesome breakfast will keep you full right up to lunch time and promises you all-day productivity.
  1. Sprouts bhel: With a healthy mix of protein and fibre, legumes are the very best for a nutritious and hearty meal. Pulses are unquestionably the cheapest protein-rich foods. Experiment with moong, moth, chawli, rajma, read chana and safed vatana; add to them anti-inflammatory tomatoes, beet and onions, generous amounts of mint-coriander chutney, khajur chutney and dahi and you have a lip-smacking good, nutritious, economical meal! Furthermore, this bhel will keep you slim and satiated. One serving of the sprouts bhel proffers 12 grams of protein and 6 grams of fibre. What’s more, you can dish it up in less than half an hour. Perfect as a snack or for a quick, light dinner! Tata Sampann pulses are sourced from the best organic farms and are packaged in a scientific and hygienic manner, providing you with the very best.
  1. Chole: Chole - paratha is one of the most effortless meals to throw together. Chickpeas, onions, tomatoes, ginger and garlic – all amalgamate well in this really hearty meal! With respect to low-priced, healthy meal standards, you absolutely cannot do better than chole! Serve alongside paratha, pickle and raita – and you have yourself a wholesome meal. Kabuli chana are brimming over with protein and fibre, making the beans a food that keeps you satiated for several hours. Chickpeas bring down cholesterol levels, keep your heart healthy and improve the working of your GI tract. Their cost-effectiveness is a huge bonus!
  1. Paneer palak: Spinach is an absolute must-have on your healthy, affordable grocery list! The greens are packed with vitamins A, C, and K, iron, magnesium and manganese – making them a mega super-food! The most awesome way of integrating palak in to your menu is – palak paneer! It’ll make the biggest palak skeptics love the veggie! Soft, succulent, protein-rich paneer submerged in creamy spinach gravy – simply divine and utterly wholesome!
  1. Dal fry: Lentils are reasonably priced and proffer you a ton of nourishment. Half kilo dal promises you 10 to 15 servings and each serving provides - 12 grams protein, 19 grams of fibre and a host of other vital nutrients. For meal inspirations, you can experiment with scores of dal recipes, using diverse dals – moong dal, masoor dal, toor dal, and urad dal. 

It is very crucial that you build healthy eating habits and sustain a healthy lifestyle. Plan meals keeping in mind these ingredients – they are some of the most healthy foods and are extremely economical! Keep your money safe in your purse with these budget-friendly recipes!

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