“The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook.”
– Julia Child
Grocery shopping for men
Most people cannot cook.
I don’t mean that in some pretentious manner either, I’m being literal. The average Millennial would have a hard time making scrambled eggs.
Look in a friend’s fridge. It’s almost all prepackaged food.
Cooking is a great way to save money while eating healthy.
You don’t have to be Bobby Flay to eat well.
I just got back from the supermarket a few minutes ago and am loaded up with all kinds of goodies.
And my total bill was less than $20.
There are a few things that I always like to keep on hand. Here is a brief inventory of them:
- Ground beef
That probably looks like it would be an expensive shopping list. And it would be if you weren’t smart about it. Yogurt and juice along can cost way more than $20.
Capitalize off of discounts
Yogurt goes bad quickly. Most grocery stores would rather sell it than have to throw expired cartons in the trash.
Because of this they often sell nearly expired yogurt at dirt cheap prices.
When you go shopping look for yogurt that’s on sale. You’ll be amazed at the cost.
In Iowa I could get single serving containers for $0.25 a piece.
Being dumb I’d only pick up one or two.
Then I realized that I wasn’t taking advantage of the situation.
Instead of buying a dollar’s worth, I’d invest $25 and have yogurt for weeks.
When there’s a sale take full advantage.
If you are afraid of the product expiring before you use it, there’s an easy solution.
Use your freezer
Buying all the discount yogurt seems a little wasteful.
You can’t eat that much in less than a week.
And that’s true.
Whatever I wasn’t going to have right away went in the freezer. It was safely preserved until I wanted it again.
Stock up when there’s a sale. Then stash some of your food in the freezer for later.
There was a recent discount on chicken. I loaded up and froze it for later.
Doing something like this will save you a ton of money.
Bonus: Three really easy meals any man can make
I know plenty of college kids who always whine about their lack of a kitchen.
Without a stove they are condemned to eating pizza puffs and Ramen noodles.
There are all kinds of meals that you can easily prepare with nothing but a microwave.
Below I’ve listed three simple recipes, two of which can be made in any dorm room across the nation.
Buy a hot pepper, tasty salsa, and some eggs.
Chop up the pepper and scramble the eggs.
Add them together and cook them on a stove.
Once cooked, pour salsa on top.
This is one of the easiest breakfasts in the world and it’s full of protein. Instead of eating cereal or some prepackaged breakfast bar, spend five minutes preparing this.
You can pretty much make this meal anywhere.
As long as you have hot water, peanut butter, and oatmeal you’re good.
Heat up your oatmeal like you normally would and then add peanut butter.
If you want more nutrients substitute the peanut butter with protein powder.
This is a good post-workout meal and is simple enough that it can be prepared with nothing more than a microwave.
I feel like an idiot typing this out. However, there are a lot of guys who seem to forget about inexpensive sources of protein like ground beef. Frying up a pound of burger patties is a lot cheaper, and healthier, than going out to eat.
What I love about hamburgers is the fact that you can cook them in the microwave.
This is great if you live in a college dorm since it spares you from having to eat nothing but carb filled snacks.
Slap some patties together and cook them until they are no longer pink. Extra points if you fry up a couple of eggs to eat with them.
There’s no reason you shouldn’t cook
None of the meals that I listed above take any talent to prepare.
A child could make them.
It always amazes me when guys complain about having to eat bad food, or that there’s no way for them to eat healthy.
An apple, yogurt, burger patty, and some milk is a pretty cheap dinner and it costs nothing to make.