One of the most common things I hear from people is that eating healthy is too expensive. While I completely understand this, I thought I’d share some of my tips and tricks for affordable healthy eating.
1. Set up a meal plan- this may seem tedious at first, but if you plan ahead and work out what meals and snacks you can have during the week, it will make you more organised and prevent you from buying excess food, saving you money. Some people are great at meal prep (I’m not one of them), but if you’re like me, buy easy to prepare frozen veggies, freeze any protein you will have later on in the week and only buy what you know you will use.
2. Buy seasonal- I have previously posted a great website that shows you your local farmers markets, or find a local trusted grocer who has fresh, seasonal produce. As I have mentioned in this previous post, buying seasonal food is commonly more affordable, and will be much more nutrient rich as it is fresher and has not been in storage for a long period of time.
3. Look for bargains- Let’s face it, we all love a bargain! If you can’t get to a farmers market, check out your local supermarket and suss out what specials they have. They often have the “odd bunch” in the fresh produce section and they have some super cheap veggies that are in absolutely great condition.
They will also have some of the organic produce marked down if they are getting close to their use by date, which is a great time to stock up, prepare and freeze the goods (or freeze them in their fresh state) if you don’t plan to use them straight away.
4. Keep it simple- Eating healthy does not have to be fancy or over the top, and you don’t need all the latest superfoods. This is where it gets pricy! So keep it simple, buy wholefoods as these will have all the nutrients you need. Get creative, eat the rainbow and be organised!
I hope this has been somewhat helpful, and if you feel like adding anything else that you find helpful, please add it in the comments