With the price of food rising, eating healthily while trying to stick to a budget can be challenging. However, while healthy eating out can be expensive (in fact, just as expensive as unhealthy eating out!), that’s not to say healthy eating is impossible or that it can’t be cheap. This week I will outline some basic tips to help keep healthy eating costs low, so your whole family can enjoy the far-reaching, long-term health benefits.
- Buy seasonally: If you’ve seen the price of cherries at the moment, you will have guessed they’re not in season. The ones you see at the moment are imported from California, therefore you expect to pay top dollar. Pears and mandarins on the other hand are cheap, fresh, locally-grown and delicious. When it comes to fresh produce, buy only what is in season and enjoy the savings!
- Be flexible: When it comes to buying food for recipes, there’s nothing wrong with switching around ingredients to suit your budget. For example, when you go shopping, and you have red capsicum on your shopping list but green capsicum is half the price, then buy the green. It has a slightly different flavour but cooks exactly the same. Besides, you might even find that the substituted ‘cheaper’ ingredient is better than the one you were supposed to use, so experiment away!
- Bypass the fancy health foods: almond meal, coconut oil, spirulina, goji berries are all great health foods BUT if you are on a budget, cross them off your list. These are things you can of course buy if you want, but they’re not essentials. A standard healthy diet, does not have to be complicated or contain a lot of fancy ingredients.
- Avoid processed food: Processed food is expensive – let me give you an example. You can buy 1 kg of loose potatoes at Coles for $2 per kilogram however, if you buy the washed, prepacked potatoes, this price will go up to $3.50 per kilo. Seriously, anything in a packet means that labour was involved in the processing of the food (so someone had to operate the machine that washed the potatoes), which is why it costs almost double. Fresh really is best…and it is cheaper too.
With a little planning, buying and preparing delicious healthy food on a budget is not as hard as it seems! The Natural Way is all about eating real food: you won’t find a meal-replacement shake or bar in our clinics! We are focused on teaching you how to make the best food choices (so you achieve healthy weight loss without going hungry) and we help to bring your body back into balance with our exclusive, all-natural formulations. So if you want a life-time of eating healthy supermarket-bought food then you need to call your closest clinic today on 1300SLIMMER (1300 754 663) and make a FREE appointment to find out more.
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