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Is Healthy Budget Friendly

Recently, I was with a group of friends and the discussion turned to food. One of my friends said she wished she could cook more at home, but the ingredients are just too expensive for a regular family, not to mention the time required to prepare a meal. This likely means my friend and her family are foregoing great-tasting, healthy, real food in favor of less nutritious, less satisfying food they consider less expensive. “Eating healthy is too expensive.” I hear this a lot. Perceptions that it’s more expensive (even “too expensive”) to eat real food – or eat healthily. We all know perception often doesn’t equal reality. If a family of four chooses to eat dinner out at a middle-of-the-road sit-down restaurant, it could cost them anywhere from $35 to $50 or more, depending on whether they can still take advantage of the kids’ meal prices. This could take at least 45 minutes out of their evening. Or, they could choose to eat at a fast food restaurant and it might cost $20 or more.

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