Eating Better On A Budget



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Healthier food can be expensive.

It can be challenging to eat well when you’re keeping a tight grip on the purse strings.

But, there are ways to save money and still eat mostly, whole, minimally processed foods.

Have a look at these money saving tips to eat well on a budget.

Plan Your Meals

To save money at the supermarket, planning is essential.

Set aside some time during the week to make a list of the meals for the week.  From this create a grocery list of what you need.

Check out what you have in your fridge and cupboards so you only buy what you need so nothing goes to waste.

Write A List And Stick To It

Follow your list and shop mostly in the perimeter of the store where the healthier foods are located.

Make Your Meals At Home

Cooking at home is always going to be cheaper than eating out.

Choosing simple easy to prepare meals is going to take the stress out of cooking at home.

You can batch cook a week’s worth of meals on the weekend to make life easier during the week.

The meals you make give you the benefit of knowing what’s exactly in each meal.

Cook Larger Portions For Leftovers

A larger meal is a time saver and budget friendly at the same time.

Meals like stews, casseroles, and pasta sauces are easy to cook in large batches with cheap ingredients.

The leftovers can be used for lunch the next day or as an ingredient in another meal.

Avoid Shopping When You’re Hungry

Going to the supermarket when you’re hungry will make it difficult not to buy impulse items that aren’t on your grocery list.

These items can blow out your budget and are generally not healthy options.

Have a snack, like a piece of fruit or a yoghurt before you go if you’re hungry.

Buy Whole Foods

Some less processed foods are much cheaper than their more processed counterparts.

A block of cheese is cheaper than buying a bag of shredded cheese.

Whole foods generally can be bought in larger quantities which makes the per unit price much cheaper and you get more servings.

Buy Store Brands

For basic ingredients you don’t need to buy name brands.

Generic store products will be more than suitable.

All food manufacturers have to meet safety standards so the quality of food will be basically the same but at a cheaper price.

Buy Cheaper Cuts Of Meat

Steak and fresh fish can be expensive to buy.

There are cheaper cuts of meat that are great to use in stews, casseroles, soups and meaty sauces.

You can buy large amounts of these  cheap cuts to use in multiple meals throughout the week.

Have A No Meat Day

While you can buy cheaper cuts of meat, you can save money by having some non meat meals.

One or two times a week you could use beans, legumes, eggs or canned tuna or salmon.

These ingredients are inexpensive, nutritious and easy to make. Being canned they last longer on the shelf also.

Buy Ingredients That Are In Season

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Fruit and vegetables that are in season are generally cheaper and taste better with a high amount of nutrients.

If you can by it by the bag it works out cheaper than individual pieces.

Any leftovers can be frozen or used for the next round of recipes.

The Bottom Line

Eating better doesn’t have to drain your bank account.

There are many ways that you can eat a healthy diet when money is tight.

Simple things like planning, shopping lists, cooking at home and buying mainly whole, minimally processed foods will keep your costs down.

Why Is Eating Fruit Better Than Juice?

Why Is Eating Fruit Better Than Juice?

To eat or to drink, that is the question.

But Which Is Better?

To answer this you need to look at this topic through the lens of eating better for a healthier lifestyle then it becomes clearer.

If you’ve neglected your diet for years and have eaten badly then juicing is a step in the right direction. By starting to make your health a greater concern you’re doing a good thing.

Drinking juice is a convenient and quick way to get more vitamins and minerals into your diet.

But when you compare drinking juice to actually eating whole fruit, this is where juicing comes up short.

  1. Juicing removes the all important fibre present in fruit. We’ve discovered more recently that fibre feeds important gut bacteria that maintains our immune system.

  2. The juicing process releases the natural sugars present in fruit which is more rapidly digested by the body thus raising your glucose levels. Consistently raised glucose levels increase your Type 2 diabetes risk.

  3. What you end up with is a sugary drink that has some vitamins and nutrients but is a significant calorie hit and won’t leave you feeling full.

What Does Science Think?

While there hasn’t been a lot research into eating fruit versus drinking it, one study surveyed 190,000 Britons over 24 years and found that eating fruit lowered the risk of Type 2 diabetes while drinking fruit in the form of juice increased the risk.

Eat The Fruit, Skip The Juice

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Fruit juice is heavily marketed as a healthy option and while it contains some vitamins and minerals it is a big sugar hit.

If you like the taste of juice then small amounts are ok but don’t overlook the fact that it can be equivalent to drinking soft drink/soda from a calorie perspective.

Just remember all the good stuff you get with whole fruit, the vitamins and minerals and the fibre (which is almost non existent in fruit juice) fills you up and keeps your stomach in good health.