Healthy Eating on a Budget

We’re always looking for ways to save money and make life that little easier. When we run busy lives, it can be difficult to stay on track of everything- including the money we spend each week on food. So, we’ve put together some tips for cutting the cost whilst sticking to a healthy diet, along with ways to make cooking & prepping food easier.

 

  • Store leftovers

A popular trick when budgeting is to freeze or store leftover food from a meal to eat for lunch on another day. Purposely making a larger portion is a great way to save time when meal planning in the week, too.

  • Cook with pulses

Pulses, such as beans, lentils and peas, are some of the cheapest foods to use. They’re low in calories but high in fibre, vitamins and minerals. Not only that, they count towards your 5 a day and are filling to stop any later cravings. They’re a great alternative for replacing meat in dishes, especially if you’re looking to cut down on meat.

  • Discover cheaper recipes

There are countless different recipes out there designed for different diets, from vegan to high protein diets. You’ll find plenty of healthy recipes that won’t break the bank in the links below:

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/cheap-and-healthy-recipes

https://www.deliciousmagazine.co.uk/collections/healthy-budget-recipes/ 

  • Use smaller plates for smaller portions

If you’re looking to cut down on portion sizes for dieting purposes, this is a great idea. Using a smaller plate will trick our mind into thinking we’re still eating a large plate of food because it’s full.

  • Don’t food shop when you’re hungry

This is a great tip to use, as we do tend to buy more when we’re hungry.

  • Cut down on luxuries

Extra luxuries are a great treat for us now and again, but confectionary such as sweets, chocolate, biscuits and fizzy drinks can add up. Make a list of the usual treats you buy weekly and see what you can cut out. Cutting down on these items is also better for our health!

  • Shop during reduction times

Most supermarkets reduce food prices if dates are to expire, and tend to start making these reductions later in the day. This includes fresh produce such as fruit and veg which are likely to last a few days past their expiry date.

 

 

 

Resources: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/20-tips-to-eat-well-for-less/