The health vs wealth battle can be a real deterrent to eating healthy.
It seems that the healthier we eat the bigger the bill, not to mention the shelf-life is also limited. When I speak to many people about their diet, they say that want to eat healthy but find that the expense of this limits them in doing so regularly.
It’s no secret that eating well does good for our health. A well balanced diet has been proven to boost energy levels, provide nutrients for growth & repair, helps prevent diet-related illnesses and helps to maintain a healthy BMI.
So what can we do to eat healthy on a budget?
Write a shopping list and stick to it.
This comes with planning meals for the week. Ensuring you plan your meals, write a shopping list and stick to it to avoid those “one-item” shopping trips.
These can be more cost consuming in terms of travel expense, but realistically who goes to the shop and only ever buys one item? No doubt your eyes are appealed by what’s on offer causing you to spend more money, leading onto tip #2…
Only buy what you need.
It is easy to get “spend happy” looking at offers on foods. This can cause us to buy foods we don’t actually need or even want.
We become guilty of rationalising this by having a “well it’s on offer” mentality. By no means am I saying don’t take advantage of a BOGOF offer – but stick to the rule of only buying this if it’s a regular item in your shopping basket.
Try the supermarkets own.
Hey don’t knock it until you’ve tried it!
Supermarkets own products are significantly cheaper than the branded alternatives. This simple lifestyle change can add pounds to the pocket and in my own opinion they don’t taste too dissimilar either.
Make the freezer your friend.
As i’ve already mentioned, healthy food can have a shorter shelf-life compared to other foods. However, there are many favourites we can store in the freezer for as and when we want them.
My personal fave is frozen fruit to throw in a smoothie in the morning – it also keeps it cooler for longer!
Find the time to prep.
This is something I am guilty of not doing enough of. Working 9-5, trying to balance a social life, keeping active, having your own hobbies, it can be hard to find the time to meal prep.
Yes, nipping to the corner shop and picking up a meal deal on your lunch break is quicker and more convenient, but the cost of this does add up over time.
Say you had a £3.50 meal deal every weekday for the month, this calculates at a staggers £70 out of your pay – wowza. Meal prep is the key to avoiding this!
Cook in bulk & waste nothing.
Now in reference to tip #5 I’m not saying prepping meals needs to be done daily. Instead of prepping a new meal for tea or lunch each evening, bulk prep your meals one or two nights a week.
Then what’s left over shove in the freezer or use the following day, perfect for when you really don’t feel up to cooking from scratch. This is found to more cost effective and can save a few pennies in your pocket for other luxuries in life.
Buy what is in season.
Yes, we are fortunate enough to buy whatever fruit & veg that we want whatever the time of year.
However, buying what’s in season is generally cheaper and fresher. Not to mention it’s better for the environment, reducing the emissions of this being imported from other countries or being grown in heated greenhouses.
Do your research.
Many supermarkets now offer a money back guarantee if you can find your food shop cheaper elsewhere. Take advantage of this! It’s usually printed at the bottom of your receipt, as with anything important – check the small print.
Remember, balance is important.
Yes you may spend a few more pennies on your food shop one month more so than the other but adopting these simple lifestyle changes can make a big difference to the cost of your food shop in the long run.
So there it is, there really is no excuse to not eating healthy!
I'm Aimee creator of 'Aims On Health'.
Here you'll find things all health and wellness but my main interests lie in public health.
My work experience involves working with vulnerable groups in society, providing health eduction and promoting positive behaviour change. I have also just completed a Master of Public Health degree at the University of Liverpool.
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