Eat healthily without destroying your budget

A nutritious diet and a healthy bank account can be difficult to balance.

A nutritious diet and a healthy bank account can be difficult to balance. These five tips can help keep your healthy eating on track, without blowing out your budget.

Embrace frozen produce
Most people believe frozen produce loses a significant amount of its nutritional value; however, this is not necessarily true. Fruit and vegetables lose nutrients as they get older, and while it’s true that freezing produce diminishes its nutritional value, this is quite often balanced out by how quickly the produce is frozen after it is harvested. For example, a frozen strawberry you buy might have been frozen the same day it was picked, whereas other strawberries bought from a supermarket may be several days old by the time you eat them, thus losing their nutritional edge, so to speak.

So, by buying frozen produce you can shave plenty off your grocery bill. You can also buy produce while it is on sale and freeze it for later use – there being no bigger waste of money than fresh fruit and vegetables that end up in the bin. If you are going to freeze your own, try to do it as quickly as possible so you keep all those healthy nutrients. Seal them well to prevent freezer burn.

Plan in conjunction with weekly specials
Check what’s on special before you head out shopping and plan your meals around discounted items. This way, rather than being tempted by unnecessary discounted items, you can take advantage and save on your meals.

Buy in bulk
Living on a budget can make you feel guilty for spending money. But if something is on sale and you know you’ll use it in the future, then spending more now can save you even more later down the track.

Repurpose your leftovers
Cooking large meals and portioning them out can save you a lot on your shopping, but it can also get boring very quickly. Why not have a look at this nifty infographic from Cooksmarts for some creative ways to spice up your leftovers. 

Eat with friends or family
Cooking for more people means less money and effort per portion. Why not ask a friend if they’d be willing to come over for a homecooked meal, and then next week host you and return the favour?

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    AutumnOz
    3rd Nov 2017
    11:14am
    Use gravy beef, onion and carrot to make a nice stew and you can turn the left overs into home made individual meat pies which can be frozen for later use.
    I use a shortcrust pastry and it works very well and it is nice to be able to pull out a pie for dinner and just cook some potato and another vegetable for a good dinner for minimal cost.
    You can also use up roast chicken or pork the same way using the appropriate gravy for the meat and the pies are much cheaper to make and freeze and cost a lot less than pies bought from the bakery or supermarket. they also taste better :-)
    GiGi
    3rd Nov 2017
    12:05pm
    The notion of turn-about shared meals sounds good in theory, but in practice (people being people) I think you'd need to be very good and tolerant friends for it to work for long!
    Tib
    3rd Nov 2017
    12:16pm
    Eat more fruit and veg and less meat. Buy less processed food. Grow your own vegetables and fruit , this gives you better fresher food and exercise and sunshine. Double the size of meals that freeze well , freeze half for a night off later on, that means no takeout and no driving to get it which saves your wallet and your health. But I think I've mentioned this all before, and if you can't cook well it's about time you learned.
    Janran
    3rd Nov 2017
    12:45pm
    100% agree with you, Tib.
    We could even be friends if we avoid discussing politics!
    Crafty
    3rd Nov 2017
    1:32pm
    Me too
    Tib
    3rd Nov 2017
    2:43pm
    :)
    musicveg
    5th Nov 2017
    3:03am
    Me three.
    Janran
    3rd Nov 2017
    12:29pm
    If we roast vegetables or frittata for dinner, we always make twice what we need for the evening meal. Then serve the leftovers up for lunch next day (with a fresh salad from my garden). It saves time and money, not to mention saving the power used to heat up the oven.
    Frittata is a great way to use up any veggies on their last legs. We're lucky we can use fresh organic eggs from my generous in-laws' fat chooks.
    Crafty
    3rd Nov 2017
    1:49pm
    On Monday I cook up whatever Vegetables we have in the slow cooker. Monday we cook chops. Tuesday it’s blended and served with fettuccine. Wednesday soup with lentils and can of cream of mushroom soup. Any leftovers are placed in a lasagne or frittata.
    Dancer
    3rd Nov 2017
    1:09pm
    Eating healthily on a budget is easy. Getting exercise on a budget is easy (walking costs nothing, senior gym classes cost little), socializing on a budget is cheap if you use public transport and limit expensive dinners and wines etc. It's the soaring cost of utilities and private health insurance that is breaking the budget. These latter costs are the ones that the government and authorities need to address and reduce for the sake of all of us.

    3rd Nov 2017
    5:36pm
    cost of fresh quality food is still very affordable in Oz
    Tib
    3rd Nov 2017
    8:32pm
    I agree.
    Janran
    3rd Nov 2017
    10:43pm
    OMG! I agree too! There's something in the air. Adani?
    Anonymous
    3rd Nov 2017
    11:25pm
    Watch out Tib
    Janran may have put a spell on us
    Janran
    4th Nov 2017
    9:19am
    Yep, my Adani curse worked!
    shirboy
    4th Nov 2017
    4:54pm
    1 BBQ chicken gives me at least 5 meals. I use the breast to make a lovely Thai style curry with coconut cream.
    musicveg
    5th Nov 2017
    3:05am
    Eat fruit and vegetables when they are in season and cheaper. Or better still, grow some. We are so lucky to have cheap vegies and fruit in Australia, eat more of them and it will in turn make you healthier.


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