When people start looking for an affordable healthy eating plan, it means they are already convinced that their meals are an important part of living a fulfilling life, where energy, health and peace are integral aspects of their everyday routine. When a decision is made to make a plan, half of the battle towards healthy living has been won, because without a meal plan, healthy eating may become very expensive and only a few can afford it.
What the family likes or dislikes. This is a priority before attempting to plan meals. Planning does not mean to change the pleasures or aversions of family members. On the contrary, efforts should me made to bring to the table the fruits, the vegetables and the grains everyone likes. If in the family there is no culture of eating abundant veggies, then an effort has to be made to present them in the most attractive ways. For example, experiment with cheese or nuts as toppings that will make them interesting.
Include all food groups. Nutrition has been the aim of serious research for decades. In each food group, the nutrients provide are similar. A balance is needed so healthy carbohydrates, proteins and fats are given in the proportions each family member requires them. A plan aimed at a family with children will not be the same as the one for young active adults or that for a mature couple whose children are no longer with them.
Distribute the budget. It is important to assign the amount of money available for the weakly or monthly plan that is being made. In that way expenses may be balanced between simple and more extravagant meals. First a budget is required, then a meal plan and finally shopping is done. At the end cooking will be so much easy.
Avoid precooked food. Precooked food, frozen or canned will never be as healthy as the one prepared at home. It is more expensive and filled with chemicals. The secret of affordable healthy eating lies in fresh natural ingredients prepared with love.