Rising food prices are hitting the wallet hard.
The latest inflation report shows that food costs rose nearly 12% for the year ended May.
That’s the biggest year-over-year increase since 1979.
Staple foods like eggs, fish, and meat are seeing the biggest jump in prices.
Amy Patton, a registered dietitian at Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center, said, “Right now it’s safe to say that only the food is going to be more expensive, but you can still find some really inexpensive, healthy options.”
To lower your grocery bill, Patton said you should make more meatless meals. She recommends using beans and lentils for protein instead.
Cut your own products. According to experts, pre-cut fruits and vegetables are more expensive.
When it comes to produce, consider freezing or canning it.
“I’d rather someone eating on a very tight budget take a canned veg and rinse it than not get any veg in at all,” Patton said.
Patton recommends choosing store brands as they are often cheaper.
Stick to your shopping list and don’t shop hungry.
Stock up on healthy staples to use in a variety of meals.
“Maybe you’re making a big stew or stir-fry and you’re using a recipe that calls for, say, a cup of celery, maybe you’ll take that celery and you’ll dice it or chop it and then you’ve got it for snacking with hummus or peanut butter,” he said patton
Another way to save is to buy in large quantities, Patton said.
If your store has bulk containers, Patton recommends that you bring your own container and remove the amount you need.
https://abc13.com/food-prices-increase-grocery-shopping-on-a-budget-how-to-eat-healthy-eating/11993737/ There are still many ways to eat healthily as the cost of food reaches high prices, experts say