How to eat healthy on a budget.

We all overindulge at Christmas time, and you may have noticed that your clothes are getting a little tighter. If you have made a New Year’s resolution to eat healthier, but are worried that it may cost a fortune, don’t worry we have plenty of hints and tips that can help.

Plan your meals.

Planning your meals can not only help if you’re are trying to eat healthily, but also for saving money. Make a list of what meals you want to have for the week, and check that against what ingredients you already have in your cupboard before you make a shopping list. Meal planning will help stop you buying things that you don’t need and can help reduce food waste.

Cook at home. 

It’s nice to have a takeaway as a treat every now and again, but as well as being expensive, they are often very unhealthy. If you cook at home, you can create delicious ‘fakeaways’ as a treat, which will often be cheaper and healthier than your usual takeaways. The Hairy Bikers have some delicious fakeaway recipes that are really easy to follow and take no time to cook.

Cook in bulk.

Cooking in bulk can save you time and money. If you spend an afternoon cooking in bulk and then freezing the extra’s, you can make weeks of meals in one go. There is always the option to use any leftovers as lunches or dinners the next day.

Don’t food shop when you are hungry.

Everyone knows that if you food shop when you are hungry, you will buy more things that you actually need, and more often that not, they will be sugary, sweet treats. Make sure to have a piece of fruit or a small snack before you go shopping to make sure you keep the hunger at bay.

Buy frozen fruit and veg.

Buying frozen fruit and veg is not only cheaper than buying fresh but will also last longer as it won’t go off in your freezer. There is also less waste with buying frozen fruit and veg, as you can just get out what you need at the time. Most supermarkets usually have offers on their frozen fruit and veg range that will save you money.

Don’t forget about the Healthy Start Vouchers.

If you are on certain benefits, or are pregnant, you can claim Healthy start vouchers from the government that will give your free fruit and veg from most shops and supermarkets. There is more Information about the Healthy Start Vouchers in our blog

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