So often we hear that eating whole foods is too far outside the budget of everyday Aussie families. We believe that eating healthy, whole foods is the best thing for our lifelong health, and worth investing in. But, are always happy to share practical money saving tips for eating healthy on a budget
- Plan your meals for the week to stop spontaneous purchases and keeping waste to a minimum and then stick to your shopping list. do not shop when you’re hungry!
- Buy whole foods, that is food as close as possible to its natural form, like rice, almonds, whole cauliflowers etc. Grind and chop these yourself to make flours. Any processing from the suppliers just adds to your bill.
- Don’t buy drinks and make your own such as almond or other nut milks. You’ll be amazed how easy and quick they are to make and they are so much cheaper than the store bought versions.
- Stock up on sales on produce that you use frequently, BUT only if you will use it in time, otherwise walk on.
- Dive into the bargain bin. Often many fresh food grocers have a discount section for food that needs to sell fast, such as Harris Farm’s Imperfect Picks.
- Buy in bulk – If you don’t have much storage buy with friends and distribute. This is great for grains and legumes as well as pantry staples such as seasonings and oils.
- Use dried herbs and spices instead of the fresh variety for many recipes.
- Check out online retailers – many offer the same produce at a slightly lower rate and have great loyalty reward programmes.
- Hunt out bargains at your local farmers market and enjoy tastier, fresher and better quality produce.
- Buy fruit and vegetables that are local and in season as it cost’s farmers less to grow and you’re not paying for travel.
- Buy frozen fruit and vegetables instead of fresh such as berries, plus they last a lot longer!
- If any fruit or vegetables are going bad, cut them up and freeze and use for smoothies for another time.
- Grow your own herbs – you don’t need much room or even a garden or green fingers. Herbs like parsley, rosemary, thyme, chives and mint are all pretty resilient.
- Keep vegetable scraps in the freezer and use for homemade stocks and broths.
- Buy cheaper cuts of meat, such as meat on the bone, brisket, chicken legs and thighs, lamb shoulders etc. They’re great to use in casseroles, soups and stews. Make a big batch and have lots of leftovers.
- Try offal (organ meats) – since many don’t have a taste for it or know how to cook it these highly nutritious organs come at a bargain.
- Cook large portions and use your leftovers. Batch and freeze casseroles and stews as well as cooked rice and quinoa. When it comes to reheating pop a fried egg on it and salad and stretch your meals deliciously.
- Bulk up meals with salads, sweet potato and pumpkin, gluten free grains, beans and legumes. They’re nutritious when prepared properly.
- Make soups and smoothies often to use up leftover fruit and vegetables. Not only do you avoid waste but you’re on your way to eating 5 a day.
- Chose vegetables wisely as they vary greatly in price. Vegetables like cabbage and sweet potatoes are inexpensive year round and are great fillers.
See, you don’t have to break the bank to eat well. There are many ways to eat healthy on a tight budget.
Also, keep in mind that junk food costs you twice, as bad health comes with medical costs and drugs. Do what you can, at the end of the day you really can’t put a price on good health.