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Healthy eating on a budget
09 Jan 2018


There is a common misconception that eating healthily is too expensive for the average person. This is simply not true. In many cases, trying to save by opting for cheaper, processed foods could cost you more in the long run – obesity, diabetes, other serious illnesses. The benefits of eating healthy are twofold and there are many ways to get a nutritious diet, no matter how much (or little) money you have.

Here are our tips on eating healthy on a budget: 

Eat seasonally
In season fruit and vegetables are usually cheapest, tastiest and most nutritious – especially if they are sourced locally. It can be very hard to tell what's in season at the supermarkets as we ship in produce from all over the world, all year around, but a little bit of research online can help you stay informed. You can also try shopping at local organic shops and farmers’ markets for some extra savings.

Go for the frozen aisle
People often worry that frozen produce doesn't contain as many nutrients as fresh, however because frozen fruit and vegetables are usually frozen right after being picked, they may actually contain more nutrients than fresh produce. Not only is frozen produce generally cheaper, but you can use it as and when you need it, and in the correct amount, which can help prevent a lot of wastage.

Be smart with your staples
Stock up on healthy tinned foods such as beans, pulses, fish and tomatoes, which can be used to create lots of great meals. Tinned beans are a particularly great way to add bulk to meals such as stews, curries and soups. What’s more, they're packed full of fibre, protein and energy-boosting vitamins.

Avoid supermarket "express" stores 
Especially those in busy malls where the price of produce is hugely margined-up. It may be convenient to pop into one of these after work, but you end up spending a lot more. 

Don't obsess over the latest "superfoods" 
Although foods like kale are great, vegetables such as cabbage and spinach have great nutritional value as well and are often cheaper.

Make some simple switches 
Nuts may be full of nutrients but they can also be expensive. In comparison, seeds such as sunflower and pumpkin are equally packed with vitamins and minerals, but cost much less.

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