How to Finally Conquer Eating Healthy on a Budget (a practical, convenient, comprehensive approach)

By Tico+Tina

Last updated April 7, 2017

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This entry is part 2 of 10 in the series A Smarter Healthy™

[one_third_first]It really doesn’t seem like eating healthy on a budget should be that complicated, but with the influx of studies to sift through, the constant stream of new products and diet fads to evaluate, it feels impossible to keep up![/one_third_first][two_third_last]How to finally conquer eating healthy on a budget: a smarter healthy - real, easy, fun[/two_third_last]

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When you add cooking for kids in the mix, I don’t know about you, but it’s enough to make me want to throw in the towel and just order pizza. It might not be the most healthy or frugal choice, but at least the family is happy and you have a chance of staying sane.

This is one of those areas of life we’ve always told ourselves we’d get simplified and squared away at some point, but frankly, it’s just been too overwhelming!

It’s with this in mind that we’re doing a month-long series: 31 Days to A Smarter Healthy™.

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How to finally conquer eating healthy on a budget: a smarter healthy - real, easy, fun


Why “A Smarter Healthy™”?

Everyone likes to throw around “lifestyle change” over “diet”, but realistically it’s got to be super convenient and practical to stick with long term. Period.

So far, we haven’t been able to find any one “plan” that feels quite right, so we decided to intelligently combine aspects of several of them together to create our own customized hybrid system by the end of this series.

First of all, we thought about what tends to hold us back from developing and sticking with an optimal diet and exercise regimen.

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Do you identify with any of these frustrations?

  • All the conflicting information floating around makes it complicated to determine what’s healthiest.
  • Exercise is time-consuming, boring, and hateful (my personal opinion 🙂 ).
  • Food that’s convenient isn’t healthy.
  • Food that’s healthy isn’t yummy.
  • Healthy food that’s yummy is expensive and/or hard to find.
  • We really enjoy crappy comfort foods and aren’t keen to give them up!
  • We don’t want to be “those” people at holidays and events.


How can we overcome these obstacles to create the healthy lifestyle we desire?

We’ve determined that in order to be truly successful, our solutions need to fit this simple formula:

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  • Foods should be: accessible, economical, optimized
  • Cooking & Prep should be: simple, convenient, efficient
  • Eating should be: fun, delicious, satiating
  • Exercise should be: practical, adaptable, potent


We're done messing around...

  • No more information overwhelm
  • No more defaulting to junk food
  • No more extensive planning & last-minute scrambling
  • No more tracking nonsense & being "hangry"
  • No more time-consuming routines

We’re confident we can develop a system that combines these objectives well.

Of course it will be somewhat personalized to our style, but we believe collecting this information in this way will empower you to tweak it to fit you, too.

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  • adjusting your mindset & approach
  • picking the best foods to integrate into your diet
  • tools & resources
  • easy recipe round-ups
  • smarter exercise (lower investment, higher impact)
  • a 2-week rotating menu plan


We don’t have, nor want to spend, a ton of time on cooking and exercise. NO THANK YOU.

As with how we approach everything in life, we aim first for progress over perfection. A Smarter Healthy™ is about the little choices added up and built on over time.

We want to do the research, make the decisions, and develop a set-it-and-forget-it menu (that can be tweaked as desired). That’s what this series is about, and we hope you’ll join us in simplifying your health goals, too!

How to finally conquer eating healthy on a budget: a smarter healthy - real, easy, fun

A Smarter Healthy™ Series

Call us crazy, but we think...

    • Foods should be: accessible, economical, optimized
    • Cooking & Prep should be: simple, convenient, efficient
    • Eating should be: fun, delicious, satiating
    • Exercise should be: practical, adaptable, potent

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