As a third year Internal Medicine resident, I have gotten really good at time management! Learning how to balance my work with my personal life has been challenging, but has been a huge part of my success. Part of this balance has been learning how to effectively plan meals. In my experience, if I do not have a plan for my meals, than I am more likely to eat unhealthy things. Additionally, I have found that If I don’t meal prep, than I am spending way more money on eating out etc. So, meal prepping has become a way of life. Enter this cheap and healthy meal prep!
Meal Prep on a Budget
While meal prepping can definitely help you save money. If not done correctly, it can still be pretty expensive. Buying in bulk and buying whats on sale are great ways to help navigate this expense. Check out this break down below for my weekly meal prep on a budget.
Morning Smoothies: Consisting of 2 bunches of kale, 2 lemons, 3 green apples, 2 heads of spinach, almond milk. I was able to get all of this for less than 12 bucks! I love a healthy morning smoothie, because it ensures that I’ve already got my veggies in for the day! I added two hardboiled eggs to my morning smoothie to pack an extra protein punch for added energy.
Morning Snack: Cliff bars! Great nutrition and can often find them on sale for 1 dollar a piece. I was able to get a 5 for 5$ deal which was really great for my budget!
Lunch Time: Ground turkey Taco bowls! I used 1 lb of ground turkey, 1 can corn, 1 can black beans, 1 head lettuce, and 1 pack of premade salsa from whole foods! All of this cost me less than 12 bucks 🙂
Finally for my afternoon snack I chose gala apples! 1 apple a day keeps the doctor away 🙂
This super affordable and healthy meal prep cost me about 30 bucks and is a great alternative to eating out for lunch everyday.
Try out this meal prep and let us know what you think!
Peace and Love,
Aubrey J. Grant MD