Healthy Eating on a Budget

Healthy eating has received a bad rap for being expensive; an indulgent hobby rather than a realistic way of eating.

Some aspects of healthy eating definitely can be pricey, mostly specialist foods, but an every day diet which is healthy and varied is achievable even on the strictest of budgets.

 

Here are my top tips for eating well on a budget:

  1. Plan your meals. Set aside a day a week to plan the next week or 3 days of meals. Only plan to purchase what you know you are going to use. This way you will have minimal waste, and it will also save you a lot of time and head space during the week!
  2. Cook once, eat twice. Or even three times! Double or triple up your dinner recipe, and batch freeze the leftovers. Not only will you save time on cooking more meals, but you will have something tasty to defrost if you haven’t had time to cook or shop. Far more resourceful than ordering a takeaway!
  3. Make beans your BFFs. Canned goods, such as kidney beans, chickpeas and lentils are very cost effective and can be added to soups, stews and salads. They are rich in protein and fibre and are a great inexpensive way to bulk up your meals.
  4. Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen. Non-organic foods usually cost less money. But there are other costs — hidden costs — that have to be considered too. The dirty dozen and the clean 15 refer respectively to the fruits and vegetables that are the most and least contaminated by pesticide use. Check out The Environmental Working Group for the latest lists.
  5. Do your research. Prices vary from store to store, so look around and make notes before you buy. Some supermarkets also reduce their prices on fresh fish and meats in the evenings, as well as offering reductions when an item is near its sell by date.

 

What tips have you found to be helpful when sticking to a budget?

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