Hacks For Healthy Eating On a Budget
We’ve all heard the saying you are what we eat and to a certain extent that actually rings true. 95% of serotonin is produced in the gut which means putting healthier foods inside your body can actually help to better your mental health. Now, that all sounds well and good but eating healthy can set you back a fair few quid and that's where we can help! Take a look at our 5 hacks for healthy eating on a budget and become a savvy shopper.
The holy grail of healthy eating when you’re trying to pinch the pennies is *drum roll please*… FROZEN FRUIT & VEG. Frozen produce is not only cheaper, it also lasts longer. What not to love? There’s a common misconception that frozen produce isn’t as good for you as fresh but a 2017 study by the Journal of Food Composition and Analysis found that in some situations, frozen produce is more nutritious than its 5-day fresh-stored counterpart. So there you go, why not give it a go?
DO NOT SHOP WHEN YOU ARE ALREADY HUNGRY. This one is a must. We’ve all fallen into the trap of going food shopping when we’re hangry and it will only result in you throwing half of tescos in your basket. Why not try online shopping instead?
Meal preparation is key when it comes to eating healthy on a budget. It’s important to know what you want to eat and when you want to eat it. Meal prep will avoid the risk of running to the shop on your lunch break for an unhealthy snack.
Following on from that last hack, when it comes to our lunch break I think we’ve all been guilty of eschewing our super healthy salad for a McDonald’s lunch trip with your work colleagues. What's the best way to avoid this? Some people may say self discipline but if you struggle with that as bad as I do then just leave your bank card at home. Not only will you be forced to eat the healthy lunch you’ve already bought, you’ll save those pennies too.
If you’re not a vegetarian already, why not try a meat free day one day per week? Meat can be super expensive, especially if you’re looking for the better cut. Also, some meats are high in saturated fat, which can raise blood cholesterol levels. Give Meat free Mondays ago!