BUT THAT IS NOT TRUE AT ALL.
You spend more money going out to eat (even fast food) than you do if you make the food yourself.
Nutrition is vital for the triathlete. Triathletes must consume a good balance of fats:carbohydrates:protein. A common misnomer is that healthy food is expensive. And that maybe true if you buy organic. That is another article all in itself. But to eat healthy is not so bad, and from what I have found LESS EXPENSIVE than eating out and buying organic.
Your best bet? Buy in bulk. I know of a couple of great places but out of all the places there is one that no other store can touch:
* WinCo is only a
If you are luck enough to have one of this in your town or not too far away make a trip to the bulk section PRONTO!
At the bulk section you can get:
- whole wheat grains & pasta
- BULK PROTEIN (great for smoothies!)
- ground flax
- oats galore!
- various nuts and dried fruit, lentils
- all natural honey
- all natural peanut butter
*Buy GENERIC for crying out loud! Looks aren't everything you know, food is food.
and countless others that can help you stay on track nutritionally and still keep your wallet fat for your next set of aerowheels or for taking out your significant other.
NO JUNK FOOD Money on junk food can be spent on healthier food and other things as needed. It's ok to indulge once in awhile though, especially after a good day of hard training
Another great way to save money on groceries: go to your local farmers' market. Vegetables, fruits, and other produce, along with jams, homemade cheese and a cornucopia of other things at low prices and you help support your local farmer, canner etc..
My favorite (especially since it's close to my school) is the Power Road Farmers' Market. Cheap, plentiful, and the staff is super friendly!
Again not sponsored by them just endorsing places that I love and are wallet-friendly.
All this talk about food is making me a little thirsty... which leads us to my next tip: DRINK MORE WATER!!
Water is the liquid of life and by not drinking the recommended 64 oz (higher if your active) you are just killing your body and not maximizing it to its full potential. And all that water means you're drinking less soda and less sugar-loaded fruit juices that mislead consumers to believe that they are indeed healthy.
One more: make your food at home and bring it to work/school/events/etc. Don't like paying $10 for a hot dog at AT&T Park? Stuff one of these puppies in your girlfriends purse/your backpack and your good to go! Save, save, save, and invest that money where it is more appropriately needed. Good food is not expensive.
So there you have it some nice tips to keep your wallet fat and your body energized! If you have anymore please feel free to leave a comment! Have a healthy and wonderful day! :)