Eating Healthy on a Budget
It’s not easy to stick to a healthy routine on a budget without grit determination and a little know-how. This blog post contains six great money-saving methods for you to afford a healthy and satisfying meal for you and the family. Soon you too will be able to enjoy a healthier, affordable lifestyle.
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1) Don’t be afraid of frozen vegetables
Often the first advice we receive when aiming for a healthy lifestyle is to eat fresh, organic fruit and vegetables. While there can be many benefits to this, it is not always financially reasonable to do so. Research has shown that frozen vegetables are still very nutritious and still contain useful vitamins and essential quantities of iron. Despite popular belief, frozen vegetables are a very healthy choice for the consumer, so grab your frozen bag of peas without guilt.
2) Avoid out of season fruit and vegetables
A lot of food is imported into the country for the consumer’s convenience, including out of season fruit and vegetables. Out of season, food is often more expensive and disappointing to the palette. Long hours of travelling across the world to your plate does not do well for its flavour nor its quality. Instead, consider option 3.
3) Forage for free ingredients
No matter where you live, there are always treats to find outside. Consider researching what local herbs, nuts and berries grow in your area. Across the country, there are many rambling groups that are free to join, who will gladly provide you with helpful knowledge about the best places to search and what you can safely eat. Other than meat, fruit and vegetables can sometimes be the most expensive item in our basket. Yet successful foraging can give your family a free dessert, healthy snacks and a good side for your main meal. It could also help encourage your children to become more familiar with the outdoors with a greater understanding of their local environment and where food comes from.
4) Invest in cheaper starchy foods such as rice and pasta
Somewhere in your local shop or supermarket, you should be able to find a good deal on unflavored, dry pasta and/or rice. Often you can find large packets available to purchase, otherwise consider shopping online for a wholesale price. Dry rice and pasta have a very long life in the cupboards and can be used to bulk up any meal. Rice and pasta are starchy foods that contain carbohydrates and are a good source of fibre. Carbohydrate is essential to provide us energy in getting through our day and many athletes and active people need a large amount of carbohydrates every day. For the average person, when we eat carbohydrates we are able to have more energy in getting through our work life and keeping up with our busy children. This source of energy is much healthier for us than coffee or sugar and is so much cheaper for us too. Rice and pasta are sometimes known as ‘bulking foods’. Instead of eating meat, vegetables or even soup by itself, we add rice or pasta to make our more expensive ingredients go further. This is very useful when it comes to large families. Do note that you can reheat pasta, so spare batches of pasta dishes can be eaten at work too, which will save you money on that overpriced cafeteria sandwich.
5) Save the leftovers
Food is expensive, so why throw out what you can reheat? Do your research and check which food you can save and for how long. You may be surprised at how much food waste you can prevent. Many families on a budget who are keen on a healthy meal may make a large batch of pasta with a cheap tomato and onion sauce, to reheat for the next three days. You can eat the pasta by itself or be a little more inventive. Consider it a side for a jacket potato or a sauce for plain bread. A little creativity will go a long way and won’t leave you bored.
6) Hunt for genuine special deals and use online vouchers
It used to be the case that when a store would offer a special deal to you, it would be a genuine one and would definitely save you money. However, many supermarkets have studied their consumers carefully and know that a ‘buy one get one free’ deal attracts your attention, even if you only save a few cents. Without strategic shopping you may find that you have purchased food with a short lifespan that your family will not be able to get through quickly.
My Favourite Voucher Codes recommends that you first consider in advance what your family will eat during the week. After making a shopping list, take a look online for voucher codes that could save you money during your shop and be sure to take them with you. When shopping, try to stick to only purchasing food that is on your shopping list. Don’t be afraid to bring a calculator too to work out whether a deal at a shop is really worth it.
Finally, the most important thing to remember is that your commitment to a healthy lifestyle already brings you half way towards making it a reality. You can do it!
Chloe Clarkson is a feature writer for My Favourite Voucher Codes, a money saving voucher code website that helps consumers save money on their online shopping while donating 20% of their profits to good causes each month at no extra cost to the consumer. Chloe has a strong interest in healthy eating, ethical trading and runs her own small business during her spare time.