Eat healthy during the economic crisis. Food buying tips to save money

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

Are you feeling the economic crisis in your kitchen?  Is it getting harder to maintain a healthy diet due increased food costs?   The American Diabetes Association came up with some tips on how to stretch your money while maintaining a healthy diabetic diet earlier this year. I thought this was a good time to post them.  From my viewpoint, their tips are practical for anyone trying to save money while eating healthy, not just diabetics.

They give an example recipe for grilled Asian pork kabobs that costs less than a dollar per serving, as well as substituting lesser-cost eggs and meats, using nonfat dry milk, and many other tips.  Most are common sense, but I’ll bet you will find a few you haven’t thought of.

Can you think of other tips to share?

Update-10/8/08- Related blog on tips to save money while eating healthy

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8 Responses to “Eat healthy during the economic crisis. Food buying tips to save money”

  1. M Says:

    Nice post….I think stocking up on larger quantities and making big meals that can be used the following days, i.e. turkey, turkey sandwiches etc. Good tips!

  2. jhubbard Says:

    Great idea. That reminds me of a past blog by a dietician with similiar tips at

  3. lhubbard Says:

    I just really love some of these tips. I didn’t know boneless cuts were better buys, I’m totally going to buy some powdered milk, and I never thought of shaking the water off produce before purchasing.

    Another idea if milk goes bad before you can use it: I keep the shelf-stable versions of Rice Dream and other milk substitutes on hand. They may not be cheaper, but at least they’ll keep for a while.

    Leigh Ann Hubbard
    Managing Editor
    James Hubbard’s My Family Doctor

  4. Miz Liz Says:

    Good tips here. I also buy a lot of legumes/beans/lentils and use them to stretch out meals, make soups, etc. Didn’t know about the lettuce – that’s a wonderful idea. I’m just amazed by fresh fruit cost and can’t give it up. Guess that will be my treat.

  5. James Hubbard Says:

    Nice treat Miz Liz

    Thanks for the useful tips

  6. susan Says:

    I’ve noticed that dry milk costs almost as much as regular milk now!

  7. Leigh Ann Says:

    Oh yeah? That’s a bummer! Well, at least dry milk would keep longer, I guess.

    Thanks for letting me/us know.

    Leigh Ann Hubbard
    Managing Editor
    James Hubbard’s My Family Doctor

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