Nourish - How To Eat Super Healthy on a Budget
A lot of people believe that to maintain a healthy, well-balanced diet you must spend a fortune; but if you’re doing it right, it’s really not as expensive as you might think. You just need to know how a trick or two!
Here are my tips and tricks for How To Eat Super Healthy on a Budget.
No. 1 – Buy in Season
Supermarket shelves are constantly laden with delicious foods harvested from all corners of the globe. It’s all too easy to be enticed by juicy ripe fruit from America or emerald green beans from Africa. However, the problem is these appetizing foods are often out of season and therefore overpriced.
Tip number one for How To Eat Super Healthy on a Budget is to buy locally and/or in season. Food is always going to be easier to grow when it’s in season. This makes it more abundant and less time-intensive for the grower or farmer. Plus, often more affordable for consumers.
Buying out of season produce is much more expensive because of the time, the shipping distance, the fuel costs, and the number of people involved in getting that produce from one place to next.
You can save a lot of money by choosing locally produced fruits and veggies that are in season. Plus they’re much more likely to be fresher and contain bountiful amounts of nutrients.
For more info on reasons to eat in season, check out my blog on 5 Reasons to Eat in Season here to learn more.
No. 2 – Make Your Own!
Have you ever looked at a pricey tub of hummus and thought, “you know what, I could make that myself for less”?
Well, do it!
Instead of buying expensive pre-made spreads, dips, pesto, nut butters and milk, try making your own! It’s fun, super satisfying and a great way to know exactly what you’re eating.
Making your own products is both an easy and affordable alternative to purchasing the ready-made versions from a shop. Plus it’s a great way to help you avoid the plethora of unnecessary ingredients often found in these products, such as refined sugars and processed vegetable oil.
For more tips about getting into a routine with making your own, have a read over my blog posts:
If you have a decent food processor, try making your own hummus by following a recipe like this one from our recipe archive. Once you’ve got the basic ingredients, like dried beans, tahini and oil, you’ll be able to make a mountain of hummus for half the price of shop brought.
Nut and plant milks can also make a bit of a dent on the ole wallet, so making your own version at home is great way to make them more affordable. It only requires a small handful of easy to get ingredients and is quick and easy to make. Scroll to the bottom of this recipe for how to make your own nut milks.
If you’re looking to make nut butters you’ll want a very sturdy food processor (some blenders can also work) and any nuts you want!
Here’s a recipe by Deliciously Ella for Cashew and Vanilla nut butter for some inspiriation– it’s been tried and tested by myself and I assure you, it’s divine!
- 400 g cashew nuts
- 2 tbsp. vanilla powder
- Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6.
- Spread the cashews on a baking tray and cook for 10 minutes, or until they start to turn golden brown but aren’t burnt.
- Leave to cool.
- Place them in a powerful food processor – such as a Magimix – with the vanilla powder and blend for about 10 minutes. Blend until the mix is totally smooth and creamy. It’s very tempting to stop blending once it gets sticky, but keep going until it’s runny; trust me, it’s worth the extra few minutes!
- Stored in an airtight jar at room temperature, this will keep for a week or so.
No. 3 – Plan Your Meals in Advance and Shop Smart
Tip number three on How To Eat Super Healthy on a Budget is to plan your meals in advance. If you want to stick to your budget, it can be easier to plan your meals in advance and make a shopping list before you head out to the shop.
Go with a clear idea of what you need to purchase, and only buy what’s on the list.
If you head to the supermarket and try to wing it, you will more often than not end up with a hodgepodge of items that you didn’t really need and have no immediate use for!
No. 4 – Batch Cook
Try cooking larger quantities of your meals as an effective way of saving money and time.
For example, if you’re making something like a veggie soup or stew, make extra and have it for lunch or dinner the next day.
Maybe even make enough for 3 or 4 portions and then freeze the rest. If you do this with a couple of different meals you’ll have enough to supply you should you find yourself too busy to cook, or when you don’t feel like cooking. Furthermore, this will save you time, money and wastage. Plus it gives you a freezer full of healthy goodness to enjoy!
Or make them into dips or spreads to jazz up your meals or liven up your leftovers. They’re the perfect addition to any main meal as they provide nutrients, protein and fibre to keep you full and energized. Plus they make a great meat alternative if you’re trying to cut back on your meat intake or keep costs down.
No. 5 – Stock Up On Pantry Staples Each Month
One thing that may help your organization and weekly costs it to stock up on your staples each month.
- grains such as oats| rice| quinoa|millet
- dried beans such as chickpeas|aduki|black beans
- dried lentils
- nuts such as almonds|pecans|walnuts|cashews etc.
- seeds such as chia|flax|sunflower|hemp)
- sweeteners like honey|maple syrup|date syrup
- dried fruit like raisins|dates|apricots
- maybe nut butters (unless you make it yourself!)
- tinned tomatoes
- dried herbs and spices
- herbal teas
Make sure your cupboards are nice and full each month and this way you’ll only have to purchase your fresh ingredients each week.
If you are new to healthy eating or trying to learn to budget a healthy lifestyle, it may feel a bit intimidating at first. Plus your initial shop will probably be pretty expensive as you’ll need to stock up on your pantry staples. However, once you’ve done this you’ll be good to go for ages and your weekly shop will just be the fresh ingredients to buy.
If it costs too much for the initial shop, chose options which you feel will be versatile enough until you can build up your cupboards slowly over time.
Maybe you don’t know how to use millet or quinoa right now, so opt for a big bag of brown basmati rice instead. Once you’re comfortable with that and you’ve got a few meals under your belt, the following month try quinoa instead or rice. Eventually you’ll be able to mix and match what you want to make and your stock supplies will be perfect to fit your requirements.
Have a peek at my blog for items to add to your pantry for this upcoming change of season.
And that’s it for How To Eat Super Healthy on a Budget.
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Please remember that you should always obtain the all-clear from your doctor before starting any new supplement plan or diet if you’re on any medication.