Most people tend to say that they cannot eat healthy food because it costs more than the regular food items, but it does not have to be the case. Buying cheap take out meals might seem like a good thing for your wallet, but if you know how to shop for healthy food, you can actually get much more for the same amount of money.
It takes some planning, but everyone can eat healthy food seven days a week without breaking the bank. Follow these simple tips and start eating food that is actually good for you today!
Planning your meals ahead of time will help prevent you from rummaging around in the fridge for anything to eat when you get hungry. If you have your meals planned ahead of time, you will know exactly what you have and will be able to whip something healthy up in a short amount of time. Decide on how much you can spend for the week and stick to it. Making a list of what you will make everyday of the week and checking what you already have in your kitchen will limit the amount of money you waste on things you already have.
Make your own food
Stop eating lunch from the shop around the corner from your office. Rather buy the ingredients and make your meals at home. It will cost you about half the amount of money you would have spent on the take away meal. Try to only buy yourself a take out meal on a Friday as a treat for surviving the week at work. By doing this, you will save yourself a lot of money and more than likely lose some weight in the process.
Buy in bulk
Buying food in bulk can save you thousands of pounds every year. Check when your local shops are having sales and buy more than you need. If the supermarket is having a special on chicken, buy a few packs and freeze them. The same with frozen veggies – they are picked when they are the ripest and frozen immediately, which means that all the nutrients are still there so you do not need to worry that it will not be healthy. You can do the same with certain tinned products and pasta’s and rice as well.
Eat foods that are in season
Eating foods that are not in season will always cost you more money. When a farmer has tons of certain types of fresh produce, he can charge the buyers a lot less and you are the one winning at the end of the day. Buying fresh fruit and making your own fruit salad to take to work the next day is a great way to eat healthy and even shed a few pounds.
Tip of the day
Grow your own veggies and herbs. You do not need to have a huge back yard to be able to grow some of your own veggies. Many can be planted in pots, which means that you can even put them on your balcony if you live in a flat (apartment). Herbs can be planted in small pots and placed on your windowsill in the kitchen, ready for you to grab when you are cooking your dinner. Tomatoes are great in pots; spinach and sage grow really fast and are very easy to grow. Get some seeds and start today. What are you waiting for?
Post by Charlene, a UK based blogger writing for Appliances Online