Healthy eating can be an expensive affair, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are some tips on how you can eat healthy and enjoy the food you eat.
Make the right food choices to eat healthy
Eating healthy starts with making the right choice of food. Your best and most cost-effective carbohydrates, can come from brown rice, yams, sweet potato, baby potatoes and fresh healthy vegetables, but will take some experimentation to find out what is the most optimal for your body. My children hardly noticed when we made the switch recently from white rice to brown rice. Rather than the typical chicken and beef, and pork, it is best to choose fish and other seafood. Fish is great because it has Omega 3 essential fatty acids which your body can’t do without. A lot of the meat you buy from the shops have been given a lot of hormones to fatten them up. Cows also thrive on grass, but because they have been given corn, you won’t be getting the optimal benefits from the meat. If you want to find out more about making the right food choices, read my blog on mindful eating
You can shop for your vegetables really cheap from wholesale fruit and vegetable markets such as Spitalfields, but again, the idea is to buy in bulk, cut up so it is ready for when you will need it, and freeze as much as you can. You can do your shopping your fish from meat markets such as Smithfield Market. You’ve got to be up early though, because they open at 7am. The idea is to stock up on your protein needs by freezing. When you are shopping remember to buy fruit and vegetables that are in season. They are much cheaper
Look for bargains
If you can’t get to the market, I find I can get a lot of great bargains from the supermarkets and shops. The idea here is to buy things close to their “sell by” date. If you can’t eat them the same day, you can freeze them to eat later. I find the food usually tastes just fine.
Experiment with new brands
We have discovered many of the advertised brands are often a lot cheaper than the own branded products. Many taste tests have shown that the own brand products often taste just as good and sometimes even better than the top brands. The children usually win when it comes to what food is best so why not turn the taste test into a game so the children and family can have fun finding out which brand is best? You may be very surprised with the results.
Drink more water
A lot of our calories come from the stuff we drink every day. Water is great, but if you don’t enjoy drinking water, get a water filter. These are quite affordable, and they make your water taste a lot better. You will find this is a lot cheaper than buying soft drinks. If you don’t like drinking water, how about buying some sparkling water and some squash as a treat? Put these together and you will make a great tasting sparkling drink. You can also mix and match different squashes to create unique flavours, which are much cheaper than what you buy in the shop.
Don’t throw good food away
We love bananas in my home and I find the riper the bananas look, the sweeter they get. Why not take some of those overripe looking bananas and make them into a great tasting smoothie and have this for breakfast? You definitely don’t need a Nutribullet, just a simple £20 blender from Argos will do. You can always buy a cheap one from Gumtree for as little as £5. If this is not your thing, you can always make a great banana fritter or banana cake.
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