We all like the idea of eating healthy meals but it can sometimes seem like the cost of healthy food is more expensive than that of less healthy alternatives. However, there are ways to eat really well and to feed a family with healthy food even if you are eating on a budget. Continue reading this article and find out some useful tips for cooking cheap and healthy.
Cook Your Meals from Scratch
You firstly need to consider the types of food that you are eating. If you eat a lot of pre-prepared foods, then this could be costing you more than you think. Making a meal from scratch using the raw ingredients can be a lot cheaper than buying something already made. You may already be aware that having meals on a budget certainly do not include eating out, takeaways or ready meals, but even if you are buying pre-made jars of sauces, soups or stock then you are paying more than you need. There are plenty of good recipes online and you should find that they taste nicer than the ones you buy and you can make extra and freeze it too. You can also add more vegetables and cut down on the fat, so that they are a lot healthier than what you would buy in the shops. Eating healthy aids weight loss and we all know it.
Price Comparison is Vital
It is also important to shop around when buying food. Most of us are aware of which the cheapest supermarkets are, but it is wise to stay aware of discounts and deals because some of the others might be better for certain items. It is also worth looking at shopping at food cooperatives, market stalls or even independent shops as they can be cheaper. It is very wise to start looking hard at the prices of everything and comparing them. When eating healthy meals on a budget, it is wise to get together some recipes and then write a shopping list. Go to a price comparison website and see which supermarket would be the cheapest, then look at your local shops to see whether they are cheaper still. Keep the prices written down so that it is easy to compare them.
Check Ingredient Expiry Dates
It is also important to think about waste. When buying food, think about when you will be using it and what the use by date is. You do not want to have to throw food away and so you need to take note of this. Make sure that before you cook each day you check the food over and use things which are likely to go off soonest and you should find that you will have very little waste.
Replace Sweets with Fruits
When snacking, it can be easy to turn to chocolate or crisps. However, if you compare the price of a piece of fruit to that of crisps and chocolate, you will find that many fruits are cheaper and so they are a great alternative, not only to unhealthy snacks but also to puddings as well. Raw vegetables can also be a good alternative to expensive snacks as well. By cutting down the amount of food we are eating, we can also save calories as well as money, so think about whether you really need that extra spoonful of sugar, slice of bread or biscuit. Why not save it until later, save the money, save the calories and lose weight, of course.
Eating healthy meals on a budget is therefore a lot easier if yo cook everything from scratch as it is healthier and cheaper and by being a savvy shopper even more money can be saved. Replacing unhealthy expensive food with cheaper and healthier alternatives, can be a lot easier than we might think. Yes, you have to spend more time with shopping, price comparison and actual cooking, but health is always worth the extra-time, isn’t it?