Choosing to buy healthier foods can cost more then the average weekly shop and therefore leave many people contemplating the idea whether it’s worth it. This article will provide helpful tips on how to eat healthy on a budget and lose weight.
Information taken from the Yahoo Livestyle blog…
Discover How To Eat Healthy On A Budget And Lose Weight
One great way to keep the bill down is to check that you’re shopping in the cheapest place. The website Mysupermarket.com allows you to compare the price of your shopping at Tesco, ASDA, Sainsbury’s, Ocado and Waitrose, meaning you find the cheapest deal.
It claims this saves the average family 35% off their weekly shop — equivalent to around £1,000 a year for many households.
Its surprising how many of us use the nearest supermarket because of convenience, doing an online check in advance and driving a extra 5 minutes could save us a few pounds or add an extra healthy meal to the trolley.
It’s also down to planning… Working out what your meals are for the week and compiling a shopping list before you go, will ensure that you only buy what’s on the list, or better still order online and get your shopping delivered. This way you know that you will not be tempted to buy anything more than needed.
Healthy Eating Tips On A Budget
- Cook from scratch — okay, it does take a little bit longer, but if you make your sauces from scratch then you know how much salt and sugar is in there, plus it costs less.
- Plan ahead — never go to the supermarket without working out exactly what meals you’re planning to serve. Otherwise you risk wasting money and food.
- Cook batches — it’s usually as easy to make four portions as it is to make two, so consider cooking up a batch and freezing what you don’t use.
- Beat the supermarket — take your time when shopping so you can find the best deals and don’t assume that bigger packs mean better value.
- Pick up a packed lunch — don’t be tempted to buy stodgy sandwiches, crisps and cans of pop on your lunch break. Instead, pack a healthy light salad and lots of fruit.
- Aim for colour — healthy eating isn’t rocket science. Aim to get a variety of different foods into every meal and you’re doing well. Lots of different colours usually means you’re on track. Get the rest of the tips here.
When cooking from scratch you will find that you get a lot more for your money, if you have a small family you can always freeze half for another day. Another tip I find works well for me is bulking out meals with extra vegetable and tinned tomatoes like Spag Bol, cottage pie etc. It will turn a meal for 4 into a meal for 6, using the extra for lunch or freezing for another day.
If you compare the food items you buy to eat healthy vs unhealthy eating, you will actually discover that there is not much difference in price, and if you’re smart about it and plan well in advance you could find yourself spending a lot less.
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