You may be put off by clean, healthy eating due to how expensive it can be. Let’s change that. Here are some tips on how to make healthy eating more budget-friendly.
People often think buying from a local greengrocers/farm shops are way more expensive than a supermarket. But it can be the other way around. Buying basics such as spinach/kale/sweet potato can be a lot cheaper if you look for a local greengrocer. Not to mention they are a lot healthier for you due to usually being organic and a hell of a lot more natural.
Let’s start by saying that foods are no more/less micronutrient dense and ‘healthy’ if they are frozen (just make sure to check the ingredients!). Frozen vegetables and fruits tend to be a lot cheaper as you buy them in larger quantities. For example, buying a big bag or frozen berries is a lot cheaper than a punnet of strawberries – plus they last longer. I use frozen fruits in my smoothies as it makes them colder too! This is a great way to save on essentials such as vegetables too. So don’t worry about rumors of frozen fruits/veg being less healthy – they are exactly the same only more convenient.
Look in the sale
Supermarkets are always putting loads of fresh foods in the sale towards the end of the day because of their use by date. With fruit it often still isn’t ripe but they have to get rid of it because of the use by date! How crazy is that? Checking the reduced section is so useful to pick up basics or even items that are usually expensive. For example, if there are lots of fish fillets (salmon or haddock maybe) you can pick them up and keep them in your freezer to defrost when you want to eat them.
Stick to basics
When I make my meals I have a small rule of thumb to keep things simple;
- 1/2 plate vegetables or greens
- 1 portion of protein (e.g. 2 Veggie sausages, 2 eggs, one salmon fillet, a tin of tuna, 1/2 tin of chickpeas)
- 1 portion of ‘extra’ such as healthy fats like half an avocado, or a portion of roasted sweet potato or for breakfast maybe sourdough.
After this, I include things like salt, pepper, herbs, spices, chili etc! Oh and mayo, I LOVE mayo.
By following this layout of a plate you are in control of portion size and know exactly how much you’ll need. You can see it’s not complicated or particularly fancy and doesn’t mean you need to be eating smoked salmon an avocado every meal – this is unnecessarily expensive for healthy eating.
So, hopefully, this has given you an insight into eating healthier on a budget! Drop a comment below if it has. – Cecily x