Healthy Choices: Top Tips to Eat Healthily on a Budget

In today’s world we lead busy lifestyles, often multitasking and managing our diaries can take ultimate life admin skills. Whilst we are running from one item to another on our to-do list it can be easy to reach for unhealthy snacks when hungry, which can add to fatigue after a long day or week. Healthy eating not only helps your body but it also impacts your wellbeing. Here are the top five tips on healthy eating easily and on a budget.

Time Saver

That old phrase ‘failing to plan is planning to fail’ is 100% true of healthy eating. Creating a healthy meal can be easy but if it involves last minute decisions and buying specific ingredients for a dish, you are more likely to grab an easy to-go meal. Best plan is to create a weekly menu and then buy ingredients in a weekly shop. This way it saves time, no daily shops, and money as you won’t be tempted by additional items because you are shopping when hungry.

Power Portions

The ultimate healthy eating life hack. A couple of hours invested one day will make your life easier and quicker throughout the week. Make sure you use microwavable containers and serve into the right size portions, then you are ready to roll for the week. A massive trend on social media, with whole accounts dedicated to batch cooking, it’s officially cool to be organised. Healthy meals in minutes, you can’t ask for more than that!

Be Careful of Brands

Whilst we may love our brands, they can be a killer for a shopping budget. Luckily there are a lot of supermarket own brands which provide quality goods for a lower cost. Cupboard items such as sauces, pasta and cereals supermarket own brand can taste very similar without the branded price tag. So think about which items in your cupboard you can swap next time you stock up on the basics.

Every Discount Helps

A love hate relationship, we love discounts but hate the paper vouchers and keeping track of when they run out. Luckily there are now apps where you can input all your store loyalty card details in which means you can get savings at the tap of a button. Stick with it, and if you use them well, vouchers and discounts can end up saving you a small fortune over the year.

Seasonal Shopping

May sound simple but can be a game-changer, especially for fresh fruit and vegetables. Supermarkets and local greengrocers will often price in season items at a lower cost. Plus, it’s worth noting local market days in your local area as there may be greengrocer stalls which have one-day offers on in season items.

Within a month you will start to see the benefits of healthy eating, including time and money, leading a healthier food lifestyle.