Healthy eating on a budget

I want to show people that eating healthy doesn’t have to cost the earth!    

We can all do this on any budget, however in a survey from Which? found that 29% of shoppers find it difficult to eat healthily as they think healthier food is more expensive than less healthy food. 

This was the top reason given for not eating more healthily. 

Quite scary isn’t it?! 

So i thought id put together some tips that will help and demonstrates that we can eat healthier and not spend a fortune.

1)Plan meals for the week- This stops over spend at the supermarket and will enable us to take control of what we eat for the week. We all buy too much from time to time and end up throwing stuff away if not used.

2)Meat & Fish- Go to a local butchers and order chicken breasts in bulk. These are cheaper than the supermarkets and cost roughly £1 per breast. Freeze them and defrost when needed. 

A butcher should also be able to do good deals on other cuts of meats and provide advice around cheaper options like beef shin. 

Supermarkets are now offering lean cuts of meat at good prices so shop around for good offers.

Freash fish can be expensive however opting for sustainable sources like pollock or basa are significantly cheaper. Salmon tail is also a great option and tastes just as nice as a fillet. 

There are also some excellent online retailers offering fantastic ranges of meat and fish at competitive prices. Muscle food and Live lean UK are both online retailers offering an excellent range at good prices.

2)Frozen fruit and vegetables- Believe it or not frozen vegetables can actually be heathier than fresh due to being frozen once picked. Same goes for fruit, frozen blueberries and strawberries and mango are all available in most supermarkets. It is cheaper overall and also prevents waste. 

Or grow your own! This does take some time and effort but the reward is worth it. 

3)Make your own sauces- Can’s of chopped tomatoes and passata cost as little as 35p vs a jar of sauce roughly around £1.50-£2. The branded jars are full of preservatives,salt and sugar and are not required in a fresh homemade sauce which actually tastes a lot better.

4)Cupboard essentials- Stock up on these like herbs,spices, rice vinegar,soy sauce and sweet chilli sauce to make your own rubs and sauces for meat and stir frys.

5)Stock- If you buy a cooked chicken don’t throw the carcas away! Simmer in water with some onion and herbs to make a stock that you can freeze and use in sauces or stir frys. I use freezer bags to make individual portions for meals.

6)Legumes- Bulk out your meals with beans such as kidney or butter beans,chickpeas or lentils. These are packed full of protein and fibre and very cheap to buy.

6)Breakfasts- Instead of buying highly processed cereals costing £2-3 per box try making your own. Use oats as a base then add seeds, nuts and dried rasins,apricots or cherries for sweetness if required. Cocoa powder or choc chips for a chocolate fix and flaxseed or chia seeds for good fats. 

Buying these ingredients may cost more initially however once you have mixed together and stored in an air tight container you will save money long term.

Or if you don’t want to make one, have porridge instead of cereal. A box will last roughly 30 days if you have a 30g serving per day.

7)Make your own lunches- I save so much money taking my own to work. You could save up to £2000 a year!

8)Make snacks- Instead of buying cereal bars and chocolate. If you would like some healthy recipes ideas for these please comment below.

9) Enjoy chips? Save money and make homemade wedges instead. These are  healthier, tastier and more nutrious than the frozen varieties and you can even freeze them! 

10) Check out- My other blog post on planning and how to prepare meals in advance saving you to time and money.

I hope this is useful? If anyone else has any tips please feel free to comment below..id love to hear from you all.
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