One complaint I hear A LOT about eating healthy is that it’s too darn expensive and that it’s impossible to eat healthy on a budget.
BUT there’s way more to healthy eating on a budget than those ingredients (which you can totes buy in bulk for much cheaper, by the way). I wanna show you how you can totally eat on a budget and still be full, satisfied, and healthy.
So, I decided to put my money where my mouth is, peeps. I went to Whole Foods and bought as many fresh and nutritious foods as possible, all the while staying under a $75 budget.
With just $75 to spend, my goal was to get enough healthy groceries to prep 5 meals for 5 days.
So…did I do it??
YES! I’m happy to say I walked out spending just $71.44 which meant I even had a few dollars to spare! [Happy dance.]
For protein, I bought chicken thighs, chicken breast, plain greek yogurt, peanut butter, walnuts, and lean ground beef. For produce, I got bananas, apples, a yellow onion, garlic, bell peppers, sweet potatoes, green onions, spinach, a lemon, and a bag of carrots. For my starches, I purchased rolled oats, brown rice (which bought in the bulk section so I could get just the amount I needed and at a cheaper price). I also purchased honey, raisins, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and dijon mustard.
The ONLY things I didn’t purchase for this meal prep was olive oil and basic spices and dried herbs, like salt, pepper, and dried thyme.
Okay so now that we’ve gone over the groceries, it was time to prep all the food. Check out the video (below) to see every step for how to prep all the meals you would need for a healthy diet for an entire week (including snacks!), all assembled and prepped in about 3 hours. Thats right – we’re gonna prep enough food for 3 large meals and two snacks for an entire week! Meal prep is amazeballs.
$75 Whole Foods Meal Plan Challenge
What did I make? SO glad you asked!
- Breakfast: Cinnamon and Honey Oatmeal with Walnuts and Sliced Banana.
- Light Snack: Fresh Apple Slices With Peanut Butter & Raisins
- Lunch: Stuffed Bell Peppers
- Heavier Afternoon Snack: Baked Sweet Potato Topped With Spinach, Chicken & Greek Yogurt
- Dinner: Dijon-Roasted Chicken & Carrots.
To get the full PDF of all these recipes, click here and make this entire meal plan for yourself.
See? Healthiness, deliciousness, and cheapness. My kinda stuff right here!
If you enjoyed this 5 day meal plan video on a budget, check out my 7-Day Meal Plan for Weight Loss post!