Experts say healthy eating is more affordable than many think

Experts say healthy eating is more affordable than many think »Play Video

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Many Americans think that they can’t eat healthy on a budget, but the key is actually learning how to make the right choices. 

“It just takes a little more planning and thought,” said Pam Holiwell with the Kern County Department of Human Services. 

The Department of Human Services partners with the Pacific Health Education Center to offer a Healthy Choices workshop. Once a week they do cooking demonstrations and hand out literature, cookbooks and other materials to help low-income families learn how to make better choices, without spending a fortune. 

“What this allows us to do is to bring the message of good nutrition and physical activity to low income families and families who receive Cal Fresh benefits,” said Holiwell. 

Cal Fresh benefits dispensed on EBT cards supplement a family’s income to help with the cost of food.

Some alternatives to buying expensive produce in a grocery store can be to shop at farmers' markets, participate in a community garden or even have a vegetable or herb garden at your home.

“EBT benefits can be used to purchase seeds and soil to start a garden,” Holiwell told Eyewitness News. 

Also substituting the type of oils used in cooking and food preparation can contribute to better nutrition.

Educators with the Healthy Choices workshop say that a whole food, plant-based diet is key to proper health. 

To learn more about other substitutions or get more information about the workshops, visit