Top Tips for Eating Healthy on a Budget
The more money you have to spend, the better your fridge will look, right? Well, it appears that it could be a whole lot more nutritious, too. According to this study, families in lower-income groups consume significantly less fibre, fruit and vegetables. So, how can you go about eating healthier if you’re on a budget?
Take a look at these top tips on how to eat right when purse strings are tight.
Frozen health food
One of the biggest drawbacks people face when buying fresh, healthy produce is that they go off quicker than their additive-filled counterparts. Though it can be tempting to opt for things with a longer shelf life, there are alternatives. A great way to combat potential waste is to buy frozen goods. This doesn’t have to mean buying rubbish: you can even get frozen balls of spinach, which is said to contain four times the amount of fibre, folate, iron and calcium than the fresh stuff.
Make your own
Often, sugar is hiding in the most unusual of places: your instant morning porridge, for example, can contain around ten grams of sugar. That’s a third of your recommended daily intake before you’ve even made it to work. If you make your porridge using your own oats, you can enjoy much more for your money, without all the additives. Making your own sauces from fresh ingredients can also save you a lot of money (and calories). Check out some of these simple sauce recipes for sweet and savoury dishes.
It’s important to know when it’s okay to splurge on fresh ingredients. Buying fresh, and in larger quantities, can often save you money, for example. If that’s the best option, then don’t be afraid to grab more than you need: you can simply find a recipe to use up any ingredients before they’re past their best, and make a large batch. This can then be frozen, ready for the next time you don’t have the time or energy to cook. Trust us, you’ll be grateful – especially when you check your bank balance!
Buying food when it’s in season means your groceries have the full time they need to grow, developing both their flavour and nutrients. Fruit and vegetables are often much healthier when they’re in season, as they don’t need to be fed any preservatives to stay fresh. The fact that seasonal produce is more widely available means that it’s much cheaper, too. It’s just a case of getting to know the seasonality of your favourite foods.
If you’re armed with the right information, it’s a lot easier to eat well for less. It’s simply a matter of planning ahead and avoiding bad habits!