7 Healthy AND Tasty Recipes For Living On A Budget

7 Healthy AND Tasty Recipes For Living On A Budget

Here’s the thing, part of adulting and living responsibly off of a budget means ditching the Ramen and Spaghetti O’s and eating somewhat healthy, which makes cooking for yourself even more of a challenge.
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Let me just start out by saying I am not a vegetarian. Not a vegan, pescatarian or any variant. Though, I do sympathize with the plight. I am also fortunate enough not to have food allergies. But I do have experience living off of a budget, I’ve even survived off of $4.75 a day.

It’s hard, but through a lot of research, trial/error and countless women hours spent in grocery stores staring at the calculator on my phone, I have come up with a decent recipe repertoire.

Here’s the thing, part of adulting and living responsibly off of a budget means ditching the Ramen and Spaghetti-O's and eating somewhat healthy, which makes cooking for yourself even more of a challenge. And you may not always be able to eat a balanced meal, so I suggest investing in vitamins as well.

Living on a budget and eating healthy requires mindfulness, which works really well if you make a meal schedule for the week. Even schedule snacks if you like to snack rather than have set meals.

Enough disclaimer, here are my recipes for a week's worth of eating healthy-ish on a budget:

1. Hamburger Helper

So many flavors, so little time. Make sure you have milk and one pound of ground beef handy. Though super high in sodium and whatnot, it has protein, which is hard to get on a budget, it’s filling, and it makes enough to last for a few meals. As long as you’re not eating it every day, it’s an easy filler meal.

2. Veggie Burgers

No, I am not a vegetarian, but I have to say MorningStar veggie burgers are bomb. Just pop them in the microwave and they’re good to go. You can put them on a whole wheat bun with hummus and avocados or chop them up in rice. These babies make a quick, versatile meal. Also an awesome source of protein!

3. Cauliflower Wings

Surprisingly, the less popular veggies like kale, eggplant and cauliflower are often on sale for really cheap because stores can’t move them the same way they can with more commonly eaten ones. Which is great because cauliflower is a good source of protein, vitamin K, B6 and C, fiber, potassium and the list goes on. It’s an underrated vegetable with a subtle flavor, and this recipe doesn’t require many ingredients!

4. Massaged Kale Salad

Kale, you either are obsessed with it or roll your eyes at the name of it, or you're like me and you like it occasionally because you know it’s crazy good for you. Plus, talk about bang for your buck! If you have ever purchased kale at a supermarket or farmer’s market, you know that you can’t buy it in small amounts, so plan some smoothies or make some kale chips for the week as well. This simple salad is subtle but delicious and filling, and it works well alone or as a side dish.

5. Breakfast Burritos


These burritos aren’t just for breakfast. They’re super easy to make! Just scramble some eggs, add black beans, peppers, preference of meat, roll it up in a whole wheat tortilla and top with salsa, avocado slices and a little hot sauce to flavor. Also, add peppers and onions according to your preference.

6. Chili

To make this dish a little healthier I use low sodium chili mix, but with one pound of hamburger, canned tomato chunks, kidney beans and onions to flavor. It makes a protein-rich, flavorful and filling meal that lasts a few days.

7. Rice and Beans

Unless the box says it’s low sodium, many of the premixed rice and beans kits are a little high in sodium, which detracts from the protein enriched classic. So easy to make and lasts a few meals

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9 Things All Mexican Food Addicts Know All Too Well

Don't come between me and my Mexican food.
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In the city I grew up in, there is a Mexican restaurant just about every five miles. They are the after school hangouts and first date go-to's for most of the kids here, especially the high school girls.

I know the servers at my favorite one know my order almost every time I go in there (at least once a week). However, a lot of people apparently get tired of eating Mexican food about twice a week... but I sure don't. If you are a Mexican food addict like me, I am sure you know at least a few of these yourself.

1. Cheese dip tastes like heaven and you have to have it.

That amazing creamy white cheese dip put on a perfectly salted chip is enough to make your day better. Forget the actual food---we'd be content living off of cheese dip and chips for the rest of our lives. Our restaurant trip is not complete without an order of it and if you are lucky enough to get your favorite waiter, maybe even get a large bowl for the night.

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2. You never have to look at the menu.



We know when we decide to go what we are having and it is probably the exact same plate we order each time. I am sure the servers laugh after I order some days because there is only three things I rotate between. My burrito is always my go-to, unless I am feeling fancy.

3. Some of the servers know who you are when you walk in the door.

Either by first name or by order they know us. You are the ones that they tell to pick your own seat and already have your drink order placed by the time you sit down.

4. Your boyfriend/ girlfriend puts you on Mexican restaurant restriction on date night.


You drag them there so much, they get tired of eating there. So much so, they flat out say no when you ask to go there on date night. I mean, how does someone get tired of Mexican food to begin with though?

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5. You can hum some of the songs that come on.

We may not know what they are saying in the song, but we know the song---trust us. We are in there so much we remember them. Don't ask any questions when we start humming.

6. You "have" a parking spot.

Do not park in my parking spot that is not actually my parking spot, but is my parking spot. Got it? Just do not do it. That starts my meal bad when you take my normal spot.

7. You used to hangout there all the time after school.

It was the hangout spot. Forget the nasty school lunch--- everyone goes to eat Mexican after school. It's the cool thing to do and it started your addiction.

8. You always want to introduce new people to your favorite restaurant.

Oh, you aced that exam? Let's go eat at this amazing Mexican restaurant I love! We always want to find people to go there to eat with so we always introduce new people to it.

9. People always pick on you about your addiction.


Yes, I love Mexican food. Go ahead and tag me in all the memes on Facebook about tacos. As long as I have my Mexican food, I am fine with that.

All in all, we LOVE our Mexican food and our go-to restaurants--- so here is your warning. Don't come between me and my Mexican food.

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10 La Croix Flavors The World Needs

If your favorite flavor is Pure, you're wrong.

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While La Croix has produced many, many, flavors, there's still a variety that we La Croix lovers are still waiting for. On top of this, there are also a lot of flavors that are hated (even despised) by many. While my personal favorite is Blackberry & Cucumber (preferably with a splash of vodka), many find the combination weird. I'm here to list a few new flavors that La Croix needs to highly consider.

1. Honeydew & Cantaloupe

I have a confession... I love honeydew. I know, this is a controversial opinion, but I honestly love the green melon that everyone just considers to be just a filler for fruit salad. Paired with the flavor of cantaloupe, I highly believe that the combination combined with the fizz of a delicious La Croix could be revolutionary. Just think about it until you start giving me hate.

2. Grape

I'm honestly shocked that this still isn't a thing, but everyone really is waiting for a grape-flavored La Croix. For any grape soda lovers, this could easily be a healthier alternative, and as La Croix is known for their natural flavors, this can be a nice step away from the traditional, artificial grape flavor. Just imagine the flavor of some delicious green grapes canned into a fizzy La Croix.

3. Prickly Pear

I know this sounds like a weird one, and some of you may have never even heard of it, but some know the deliciousness of the prickly pear. Growing on cactuses, prickly pears offer a mild flavor, somewhat similar to that of pears and apples. Again, this might sound weird to some, but it's clear that La Croix isn't afraid of offering out-of-the-box flavors. They offer other ones like Blackberry & Cucumber, Apricot, and one of the newest additions, a Cola flavor.

4. Guava

To me, a guava-flavored La Croix doesn't really seem like much of a stretch. I really think that it goes along with the quite random variety of flavors La Croix offers, and guava juice is actually a popular drink. You can buy guava juice in cans, so who's to say that the flavor can't be incorporated into some bubbles and have "La Croix" slapped on the cans.

5. Fig & Honey

Figs and honey are a traditional pairing and also one that could flood its way into La Croix-loving millennial hearts. Figs have a fairly mild taste, often actually being compared to honey. The two go hand-in-hand and once again, going right along with the unique variety of flavors that La Croix currently has. I will say that I don't know exactly how this one would be received right off the bat, but there will definitely be those that will enjoy it, just like those weirdos who like Pure and Coconut.

6. Pumpkin

OK, I'll admit that I'm not so sure about this one, but I can easily see La Croix doing some sort of seasonal, fall limited-edition type campaign here. Just like the Pumpkin Spice Latte and pumpkin flavored beers, there are some that love them and some that hate them. I'm not sure if La Croix would go full pumpkin spice with this one, because honestly the thought of drinking fizzy cinnamon kind of makes me queasy, but pumpkin by itself could be leading to something.

7. Strawberry & Rhubarb 

Anyone who has had the pleasure of enjoying a slice of strawberry rhubarb pie knows how perfect the combination is. The sweet flavor of the strawberries paired with the tart rhubarb is delicious and something I could definitely see La Croix diving into. Though rhubarb isn't a citrus, the sour and pungent flavor definitely resembles it. Offering flavors like lime, lemon, orange, and more, we know that La Croix is a big fan of these more sour flavors.

8. Green Tea

I know this one strays from La Croix's typical fruit flavors, but I still think it makes sense. Matcha and green tea are definitely on trend right now, and I'd be very interested to see how La Croix would put their twist on it. Everyone loves a good can of Arizona Green Tea, but I'm definitely down to try a less sweet and carbonated version.

9. Taro

Again, I realize that this seems a little strange and, once again, veers from the typical La Croix flavor profiles, but I still see it working out. Taro is actually a root vegetable, however it is a featured flavor on many bubble tea menus. It's described as having a "sweet, nutty flavor", which is something that I don't think sounds completely out-of-the-box for La Croix. It'd definitely be interesting and something I'd be curious to try.

10. Spiked

I'm not gonna lie here, this entire list was pretty much just for me to have a reason to talk about my biggest wish for La Croix: Spiked La Croix. Spiked Sparkling Seltzer is really up-and-coming right now, with brands like White Claw, Truly, Spiked Seltzer, and even Smirnoff hopping into the game, so I really don't think it would be that much of a push for La Croix to release their own take on it. Let's be honest, we all are prone to throw some vodka in it now and then, so why not just make it easier on us and just do it for us, La Croix?! Taking some of the flavors they already offer and giving them an alcoholic twist would be loved by La Croix fans, college students, and housewives alike. Can you just imagine the possibilities?!

I really believe that some of these could be strong contenders for La Croix to take up and make their own. So, La Croix, if ya need some help developing, please free to hit me up... Anyways, what're some of your hopes for La Croix flavors? Let us know in the comments!

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