Healthy Eating on a Budget
Updated: Jan 31
You can't put a price on good health, but you can eat well on a budget. Here's how in 10 easy steps: 1. Buy in Bulk - oats, brown rice, seeds, grains, legumes and lentils can be purchased in bulk and you can split the cost between friends. These items generally store for longer periods of time and are shelf stable, making them handy to have in the pantry.
2. Buy Seasonal Fruit and Veg - apples, squash, sweet potatoes are a good perfect example of healthy items that can be bought on a budget.
3. Eggs - go a long way, are diverse, nutritious and a great source of protein. Boil, scramble, steam or poach them.
4. Cottage Cheese - makes a fantastic source of protein and be added to a rice cracker or salad. Ideal when you're in need of a snack.
5. Yogurt - an excellent source of Probiotics, that supports digestive function and health. Avoid sweetened yogurts
6. Plan Ahead - Meal prepping for the week or day ahead can save you time and money, as well as ensure you have well portioned, nutritious meals and snacks ready to go! This will help you avoid the need to reach for junk food throughout the day. Don't go to the supermarket when you're hungry, you'll end up grabbing everything and anything. Avoid impulse buying and stick to your list!
7. Bargain Hunt - scope out your local market for some end of the day bargains. Stall holders usually like to clear their tables before packing up, so head down an hour or so before closing and get yourself a bargain bag of fresh produce!
8. Herbs and Spices - are a great way to pack some flavour and nutrients into your meals. For example turmeric has been noted for it's anti-inflammatory properties and ginger supports the digestive tract.
9. Drink Tea - the herbal variety that is! It has been used for decades by royalty and aristocrats and often noted for it's skin, hormone, mood and relaxation benefits. Green tea has been studied and shown to be effective in supporting metabolism.
10. A Little Goes a Long Way - stretch your recipe by adding a few extra legumes or veggies. Not only will it go that little bit further but it will also provide some extra nutrients. Be sure to use your leftovers and re-invent them into a new dish, or pack them for lunch the next day.