Let’s be straight here – one of the main excuses people give for not buying healthy food is that it’s too expensive and/or completely out of their reach. Not to mention, when you see people in the supermarket piling their trolleys high with everything from fizzy drinks, chocolate and chips, it can make you look twice at wanting to spend that little bit extra. For some of us, paying $2 more for organic bread over regular bread doesn’t make a huge amount of sense, and for others paying a heftier sum for free range eggs makes all the difference as to whether or not they will buy the product. From person to person, the attitude is different, but there is one thing in common; people don’t want to have to spend a fortune to get a good meal on the table.
So how do you eat healthy on a budget in a day and age where everything is so expensive? We had a look to find out, and we’ve even got some great recipes that are gentle on your wallet for you to try out straight away!
One of the first challenges to eating well is to limit unnecessary spending. This might mean that you start limiting how often you buy takeaways or picking up a coffee in the morning. It may not seem like you’re doing much to begin with, but over time you will see that you can save money, and have your clothes fit you better.
Think about things that you buy on a whim; maybe it’s a couple of chocolate bars. A packet of chips. A burger and fries when you’re feeling hungry and didn’t bring lunch that day. If you can identify these things that you buy (and don’t need to) you can enjoy healthy food more cheaply. That means eliminating as much rubbish from your diet such as fizzy drinks, cookies, crackers, prepackaged meals, processed foods, the lot! The more you try and focus on buying local, unprocessed foods, as well as taking the time to prepare meals at home, the healthier and tastier your meals will be.
This one can be so tough, and anyone who has ever been shopping by themselves knows just how easy it is to stray from the list. The more prepared you are before walking into the store, the better off you’ll be and you won’t be as likely to impulse buy. It also pays to note that as you go into the supermarket, shop around the perimeter first; this way, you’ll fill up your cart with plenty of healthy whole foods such as fresh produce and meat, and thus leaving less room for junk food.
When you’ve got the mindset of buying things cheaply but you still want it to be healthy, you need to think about the quality of food it is you’re purchasing. Organically grown food reduces the potential health and environmental hazards posed by pesticides, genetically modified organisms, irradiation, and additives. You also won’t be compromising on the quality of your foods by making sure that pesticides and antibiotics have not been involved in producing them. Also, if you’re a meat eater, make an effort to choose cheaper cuts of high quality meat over unnecessarily expensive cuts.
Be aware that certain fruits and vegetables contain more chemical residue than others. Keep in mind that if you eat the skin of a fruit or veg such as an apple, strawberry or cucumber, you ought to pick organically grown. However, it is wise to stick to conventionally grown for produce like bananas, pineapple, or avocados. The more you know about what you’re putting into your body, the better off you will feel!
This beautifully simple Chicken and Broccoli Stir-fry is perfect for when you need a quick, healthy meal on the go. What’s more, it’s gluten-free and low in carbs!
Tess Masters, The Blender Girl can always be relied upon to create one awesome dish! This one is super easy and can be made with either fresh or tinned ingredients, and that means you can literally make it anywhere. Camping? Make this soup. Backpacking in a remote wilderness without many kitchen supplies and tools? Make this soup. We could go on and on about how great this recipe is – and it’s perfect for a budget-conscious meal. Check out the recipe here!
Submitted to us by one of our customers, Bruni Witt loves using Massel as it’s vegan, gluten-free and to quote Bruni, “seriously the best on the market.” This delicious soup recipe is quick and easy to make, and not to mention gentle on your pocket.
What do you think of buying healthy food these days? Or maybe have you tried any of our budget-friendly meals? We want to hear your opinions! Drop us a line on Facebook and don’t forget to share how you make great meals on a budget!