Healthy Eating On A Budget
Healthy eating does not have to be expensive.
When money is short many people buy cheaper food options to stretch their budget further but the truth is these cheaper foods are often far from healthy and will not contribute towards your
healthy eating plan.
From time to time most people are forced to put themselves on a budget and this can mean cutting down on the amount of money you can spend on your food.
Here are some simple steps you can take to continue with your
healthy eating on a budget while saving a few pounds in the process.
Drastically cut out all eating out. You may be shocked to discover just how much you are really spending when you splash out on a quick pizza or order a quick take-away every once in a while. It’s so easy for that every once in a while to become much more often than we think. In many households the ‘Saturday night take-away’ has become a tradition. Start cooking at home a lot more and make a point of finding quick, easy and delicious recipes that cost very little to make yourself. You don’t have to be a chef by any means but it’s truly amazing what you can put together in 20 minutes or less by just getting a bit creative and seeking out new recipes.
Pack your own lunches. If any member of your household normally eats out at lunch-time then persuade them to start taking a packed lunch. You can always pack it for them. Use leftovers from the night before and put them together in a salad or a sandwich. Add some fresh fruit. If they are spending between £3 and £5 each day on lunch then taking their own lunch instead will save you between £100 and £150 a month. It all adds up and making your own packed lunches can save a fortune over time.
Shop for bargains. There’s no shame in searching out the best deals and in no time you will become a master at seeking out the best offers. Grocery stores and supermarkets regularly put their fruits and vegetables on offer and you can soon learn where you can get the best bargains. Be flexible and tailor your healthy eating choices based on which foods are available at the best prices. If the weather permits, try to go to the local farmers markets to buy your fresh fruit and veggies. This will help you save a small fortune and the produce is both fresh and delicious.
Learn to love and embrace leftovers. You’ll be amazed at what you can do with leftovers once you get a bit creative. Never let food go to waste. I have numerous airtight containers in my fridge with all sorts of left over treasures from sliced roast chicken to fresh strawberries. Use leftovers from the night before for lunch, packed lunches or re-heat for dinner. This will help with portion sizes too, because you will be mindful off saving a little bit for sandwiches or salads and you won’t feel so inclined to use it all in one meal by overloading plates.
Cut out all the expensive junk food. You can pay way over the top for fancy packaging used on things like cereal, crackers and packaged snacks. All you need is a basic cereal such as oatmeal, muesli, granola or bran flakes which you can then add your own healthy ingredients to, for instance: mix in a few raisins, ground or chopped nuts and fresh fruit such as blueberries, strawberries, sliced banana or sliced kiwi. Believe me these are healthier, tastier and much more interesting because you can vary the ingredients from day to day to suit your taste.
Healthy eating does not have to break the bank.
To summarize: If you always try to find the best offers, learn to enjoy cooking and discover the versatility of leftovers then you will be well on your way to a cost effective, healthy eating plan.
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