Tips for a healthy diet on a budget, it doesn’t have to cost a lot!
Lots of my Nutrition clients say to me healthy eating costs more.
It can cost more if you always buy the latest so called ‘superfoods’. But there are plenty of ‘superfoods’ around the normal supermarket isles. Also, look out for seasonal fruit & veg, it is fresher and cheaper than imported produce. These days most supermarkets also sell produce that doesn’t fit their usual size & shape criteria at a fraction of the price. It still tastes good and you can make great smoothies or soups out of these too.
Also sometimes people don’t realise buying frozen or tinned produce can actually be healthy and costs a a lot less. Plus sometimes frozen vegetables contain more vitamins than vegetables that have been lying in the supermarket for days.
You can buy fresh meat/ fish in bulk when it’s on offer and freeze what you don’t need straight away.
Cooking in bulk is another good way of saving money and if you freeze extra portions you have a quick meal when short on time and are less tempted to call for a takeaway or buy a ready meal on the way home.
There are also some really good budget supermarkets these days where healthy staples like unsalted nuts, seeds, wholemeal pasta, brown rice etc cost a lot less. These days you can even find chia seeds and quinoa in a budget supermarket for a fraction of the price.
You can also make your own dips and sauces on a budget, just portion it up and freeze any excess.
Make a basic tomato sauce and freeze in portions, then you can whip it out at short notice and add any meat/ fish you have at hand.
Some of the everday superfoods include:
Brown Basmati Rice
Unsalted Nuts like Walnuts, Brazil Nuts, Pecan Nuts
Sometimes we just need to think outside the box and invest a little bit of time in shopping and planning and you can eat very healthily on a budget.
I love going to the supermarket and hunt for bargains. But stay away from the multi buy deals, they always want to tempt you to buy more than you need and it might not work out cheaper in the long run anyway.
Make a mealplan for 4 days of the week and then go with a shopping list, don’t buy any extras and NEVER go shopping hungry!