Nowadays everyone leads busy lives and it can be hard to stop and think about what we’re putting into our bodies.
We have a preconceived idea that healthy foods are too expensive and we’d rather settle for junk food that will make us feel sluggish.
There are ways in which you can eat healthy and it won’t break the bank too much.
Here are the best ones we have found.
If you want to be sure of what you need to buy for the week ahead you should take half an hour out of your day and write it all down. You don’t want to buy food only to have it get wasted because you didn’t fit in it somewhere in the week. You will save lots of money with this handy tip.
Look for the sales
Supermarkets change the deals that they have on offer all the time so try and base your meals on what has the lowest price at the time and what’s in season. Fruit and vegetables that are out of season are always expensive so watch out! You can always buy ahead and freeze food for the next week.
Don’t over-buy things you don’t need
Always make a list before you go shopping of how much you will need so you don’t buy unnecessary items. Always check what you have in your cupboards and freezer as well so you don’t buy something you already have. You never know, you might already have an alternative so you don’t need to spend more.
If something is on offer, for example 3 for £10 on meats, stock up and separate into freezer bags to make lots of meals. In the long run it will save you money. A good idea is to compare prices between different supermarkets, that way you get a better idea of who has more to offer.
Go to the market
The local market always stock fresh produce and its super healthy! It costs you less money to buy quality fruit and veg from there, than it does at the local supermarket. Not only that, but you’re supporting the community and helping it thrive.
Watch your portions
We all make the mistake of filling our plate with too much food, only to have some of it go into the bin. By eating less you save money and can enjoy a healthy meal and not feel guilty about wasting the food.
Prepping food saves time as well as money. You can create your own sauces or soups using food just before it’s sell-by date, which saves money.
Drink lots of water
Water is free from the tap and one of the best ways to hydrate. Sometimes we think we’re hungry when really we’re slightly dehydrated. Drinking more water will stop us from snacking on food that we’ll need to pay more money on to replace.
Don’t throw away leftovers
Sometimes we make too much of something, take pasta or chili con carne for example, and don’t know what to do with it. Instead of wasting it, try and incorporate the leftovers into a meal. You could have chili con carne over jacket potato or even take the leftovers to work with you. All you have to do is reheat it, it’s that easy.
Use up foods before they go out of date
Smoothies and soups are a great way to use up veg that is close to running out of date. Not only are they tasty, but they are also filling.
Try put the cheaper cuts of meat
Everyone loves a good bit of meat such as Sirloin Steak or a whole roasted chicken, but they do cost a fair whack. You can swap out chicken breasts for chicken thighs and try the slow-cooker to make tough meat tender and juicy to eat.
Go for the cheaper brands
Sometimes the well known brands are one of the most expensive to buy, which is why sometimes it’s good to go for supermarkets own brands. Now, we’re not saying that you need to swap out your Heinz baked beans, but you could go for cheaper versions of noodles or pasta to save your pennies.
Hopefully this has given you the incentive to start eating healthy for a cheaper price. Your body will thank you for it in the long run.
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