A healthy eating plan can be expensive, if you let it be. However, not eating healthily and using money as an excuse simply doesn’t cut it. Healthy eating doesn’t have to be about premium coconut oil and organic kale.
Here are five tips to keep in mind for eating healthily without breaking the bank:
Write your shopping lists with meals in mind. Then you’ll automatically only buy what you need. Work out what meals you plan to eat over the next week, then buy in what you need for said meals.
It is very easy to be lured into supermarket deals but if it’s not on the list, it doesn’t go in the trolley.
The healthiest approach to cooking is to cook everything from scratch. Using only the ingredients in front of you and no expensive jars and packets, which contain unhealthy additives anyway, is better for your bank balance and your diet.
You can experiment with the flavours you like and get more fresh vegetables into your meals.
You may have favourite brands for some of the staples in your cupboard but instead of sticking to them, try giving own brands a go.
You may want to carry out a number of taste tests and if there are any products you don’t mind swapping; you can save a bit of extra cash.
Meat Free Mondays are one initiative you can adopt to eat less meat and bring down your bills. Meat is expensive and there is so much you can do with vegetables, pulses and other non-meat foods.
If you reduce your meat intake, then you can save more money and enjoy a more diverse range of foods. You may find you want to go meat free more than once a week after a while.
Fruits and vegetables have a limited shelf life and this is why you need to make good use of your freezer if you want to save cash.
Cook up larger portions of your favourite foods and freeze them.
Buy food which is on the reduced shelf in the supermarket and freeze it.
Frozen fruit and vegetables offer great value and they have just as much nutritional value as the fresh alternatives.
I tend to buy veg in a well-known discount supermarket according to what is cheap - that means it is seasonal. Veg need not be expensive.
I always thought frozen veg was a bad option but have learned that I've been wrong for years. We have tons of veg in our freezer now.
I agree with most of these points but I don't know if eating fresh food is necessarily cheaper. Most of the cheap food in the supermarket are sliced white bread, tins of beans, biscuits etc. Maybe meal planning is the answer so no fresh food goes to waste.
that's impressive, Emma! I think that with the incredible variety of food available in the UK, there's no truth in the idea that only junk food is cheap. Even if you don't shop at Ocado!
I can recommend meal planning with online shopping. I have actually saved money since I started using Ocado - and that's Waitrose food!