Being healthy on a budget can be tough. With the large amounts of health and wellness content all over our feeds, it’s easy to throw away your monthly budget each time a new trend comes around.
A $60 supplement that will make you look younger? *cha-ching*
A $40 powder that equates to eating 5 bags of spinach? *cha-ching*
Low-calorie ice-cream for $6 a pint? *cha-ching*
These health trends, while being purchased with good intent, can majorly set back your savings goals. Many people think that health is synonymous with expensive, but it is possible to be healthy while still staying on track financially. Here are a few inexpensive swaps for the priciest health trends.
Trend: Collagen Peptides
Alternative: Bone Broth
Collagen peptides are known to help humans with their collagen levels after they naturally stop producing it around age 25. These proteins also help promote gut and joint health making it a staple in many people’s diets. The problem? Buying a new jar of collagen peptides every month can add up quickly.
If you don’t want to commit to a $60 purchase, try bone broth! The collagen found in bones is what makes this broth similar to that of the collagen peptides. It aids in joint, gut, hair, and nail health. You can put the broth in soups or simply sip on it as a hot beverage. This is a healthy staple that will help you save big on your supplements.
Trend: Activated Charcoal
Alternative: Lemon and Apple Cider Vinegar Water
Price: Less than $1 per glass
Activated charcoal took the spotlight in 2018. You could get everything from black lemonades to charcoal ice cream. This supplement had the promise of being a vigorous detoxing agent that could cure hangovers, lower cholesterol, and cleanse kidneys.
However, Kim Larson, RDN and spokesperson for The Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics explained to Refinery29 that, “There is absolutely no health benefit to consuming activated charcoal in green juices or in any other food.”
Turns out the charcoal trend is just a fad that will have you spending upwards of $30. For an effective, and cheap, detox drink try mixing 1 lemon’s worth of juice, 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar, with a few cups of water. This drink will help balance ph levels in your body and promote overall bodily functions.
Trend: Green Superfood Blends
Alternative: Green Vegetables
For some of us, sitting down to eat large bowls of greens everyday isn’t ideal. That makes having a $60 powder that will do the work for us sound much more appealing. However dietitian, Jemma O’Hanlon, has differing thoughts about superfood powders. “They make us think that it’s okay if we don’t eat our vegetables, when in reality, these powders are no substitute,” she told Nested Naturals.
When it comes to getting in your greens, going back to the basics is best for your body and your wallet. Having the proper servings of vegetables each day is enough to keep our bodies functioning properly.
Trend: Brain Octane Oil
Bulletproof coffee is a trend that has taken over cafes everywhere. This pricey coffee is made by blending brain octane oil with your cup of joe until you reach a frothy latte consistency. This is supposed to help with weight loss, brain function, and sustaining hunger. The reason why this latte is so effective is because of the healthy fat content in the brain octane oil. That’s why inexpensive healthy fats are a great alternative to this pricey health trend!
Try using ghee, as known as clarified butter, as a cheap substitute. Simply blend a tablespoon in with your coffee or smoothie in the morning for sustained energy.
Trend: Cold Pressed Juice
Price: $10-$12 per bottle
Alternative: Homemade Smoothie
Price: About $3 per glass
Cold pressed juice is all the rage in the health and wellness community. It’s a seemingly effortless way to pack tons of vitamins and nutrients into one bottle of juice. However, it’s $12 price tag makes you question if it’s really worth it.
Lydia Bazzano, a professor in nutrition research at Tulane University, talked to Vox about the lack of evidence behind the green juice craze. “The actual fruits have fiber, which is indigestible, and slows the glucose and fructose absorption in you body,” she said. “It’s better to eat your fruits and veggies than juice them,” Bazzano explained.
Your body and your wallet are better off making a homemade smoothie then splurging on an artisanal carrot juice. Pack tons of fruits and vegetables into a daily blended drink that includes all the beneficial fiber and nutrients.
Stay healthy both physically and financially with these easy swaps for the priciest health trends. Now that you know what to eat, it’s time to start shopping like a pro. Click here to save hundreds on your next grocery trip.