Healthy eating on a
healthy and balanced diet doesn’t mean you always need to buy the
most expensive foods.
By making a few small changes to our daily lifestyles we can eat
healthily, while saving money and reducing food waste at the same
Here are some ideas for foods that are healthy, tasty and best
of all, won’t break the bank!
Reach for the freezer
Keep a supply of frozen fruit and vegetables
in the freezer. They tend to be cheaper than fresh fruit and
vegetables but still count towards your five-a-day. Plus you can
use them when you want which cuts down on wastage.
Tinned oily fish like sardines and salmon can
be cheaper than buying fresh fish. They still contain
heart-friendly omega 3 fats, are simple to prepare and have a
long shelf life. Opt for ones in spring water to keep the salt to a
Stock up on store cupboard staples
Canned tomatoes, beans and dried pulses are
cheap and count towards your five-a-day. Beans on toast make a
healthy lunch, but try to choose ones with less sugar and salt.
There’s a whole variety of other beans and
pulses to choose from too, all of which are great for
adding bulk to casseroles, stews or salads.
Fresh fruit and veg in season taste great and
are cheaper too! Leftovers can be turned into tasty homemade
vegetable soups or fruit salads. Overripe soft fruits are also
great combined with frozen berries to make delicious smoothies.
Take your own lunch
Make your own healthy packed lunch. Not only
will you save pounds each week, you’ll be in control of what you
eat. Leftovers also make delicious, cheap and healthy
alternatives to high fat and salt laden microwave lunch meals.
Oats the way to go
Breakfast is an important start to the day and
porridge is a great choice. It’s cheap, and has no added salt or
sugar. If you don’t fancy hot cereal, try mixing oats with plain
low fat yogurt and some grated apple and cinnamon.
Waist not want not
Keep an eye on your portion sizes and try not
to cook more than you need. Measure out foods like pasta and rice
before you cook rather than guessing portions. Not only good for
saving money, but also better for your waist line!
Pasta is another store cupboard essential that
is both filling and cheap. It can be used in lots of different
dishes like spaghetti bolognaise, lasagne or minestrone soup. Go
for wholegrain options if possible.
Pop down to the market
Fresh fruit and veg can be cheaper if you buy
them from the local market rather than the supermarket. By
selecting loose fresh produce, you can buy a greater variety of
fruit and vegetables, and cut down on waste packaging at the same
Vegetables tend to cost less than meat, so why
not try adding more vegetables to your meat based meals. The meat
will go further saving you money and it’ll help cut down on the
saturated fat too.
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