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Eating a healthy diet doesn’t have to be expensive. By making a few, small changes to your shopping and eating habits you can improve your diet and still stay within your budget.
Buy Frozen Vegetables
Many people who are watching the pennies avoid buying fresh vegetables because they soon go off, and this can lead to large quantities of food being thrown away: in the UK the average family with children disposes of around £60 of food every month! Frozen vegetables are just as good for you as fresh, providing many of the essential vitamins and minerals you need to stay healthy, and what’s more they come chopped and ready to use. They will last for months in your freezer and are often even cheaper than their fresh counterparts.
Eat More Pulses
Pulses are low in fat and calories, but contain high amounts of fibre, vitamins and minerals. Pulses such as beans, lentils and peas count towards your ‘5 a Day’. They are also cheap, so you can use them to replace chicken and meat in dishes such as curry and chilli con carne. By eating a few vegetarian meals every week you can really cost costs, and eat a healthy and nutritious diet at the same time.
Buy Cheaper Meat
If you simply can’t face the thought of giving up meat altogether buying cheaper cuts of meat is a great way to save money. Braising steak, shin or shoulder, cooked slowly to break down the fibres, makes a healthy and delicious meal.
Chicken is good for you but it can be expensive. Avoid buying pre-cut pieces, such as chicken breasts and instead buy a whole chicken. It will prove to be a much cheaper alternative, as with a whole chicken you will get two breasts, two drumsticks and two thighs plus wings and a carcass which you can then use to make stock. Yummy!