How to eat healthy on a budget
“I can’t afford it” and “I don’t have time” are the two most common excuses I hear for people not able to break through their boundaries to good health. But when you think about it, a good diet is way cheaper than a visit to the doctor. So how we do we embrace health while not feeling a drain on the bank account? Take a bite out of these.
Eat for the season
Seasonal eating is awesome for a variety of reasons. It ensures you’re maximizing the nutrients for that time of year and when the body calls for them. It brings out the flavours of the season (if you’ve ever eaten a winter mango you’ll be able to vouch for this too), and doesn’t leave your wallet empty. While all foods these days seem to be at our fingertips year round, I still recommend eating those of the season and supporting your local. As we launch into autumn make the most of broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms, corn and turnips. Roast broccoli and cauliflower with a drizzle of olive oil is the side of all sides.
Get curious with your cuts
The less expensive cuts of meat don’t have less flavour or nutrition, in fact they’re often more abundant. Talk to your butcher or do a bit of research of your own on how to enjoy curious cuts such as beef shin, brisket, blade roast, lamb rump and chuck steak, and amp up the nutrition in the meal with a stack of vegetables to truly max the bundle of taste on your plate. I’m not shy of a lamb rump roast with sweet potato mash .
Max out your leftovers
There are so many great things you can do with leftovers, it really just rests on your motivation. The best thing about remaking your leftovers, is that by being creative, it opens us to new ways of appreciating food and when you have a positive relationship with food you’ll have a more positive outlook on eating healthily in general. Check out what I suggest you do with leftovers here.
Prep your meals with some batch cooking, chopping, ball rolling, snap or bread baking (whatever floats your boat), on a Sunday to have your health set for the week ahead. This means you don’t have to think much about your meals the following few days and ensures you aren’t stuck buying food at premium because you haven’t pre-planned. Think it eats into your Sunday? It might, but an hour and a half prep on a Sunday means you can go for a 30 minute walk, three times throughout the week which will fast track any results you want to see in your health. Sweet deal isn’t it?
Go a few ways with one
When you buy an ingredient, don’t just cook it one way. All foods have numerous ways to work in the kitchen and if you make the most of it, you won’t be a) bored or b) stuck with remnants which waste your dollars. Some of my superfood favourites which max nutrition and budget are:
Teff: cook some in advance at the beginning of the week then toss with salads, mix with yoghurt and fresh fruit for breakfast or stir fry with vegetables and eggs for a light meal.
Brussel sprouts: stir fry with garlic and almonds, roast with your meat and toss with leafy greens, or shave into a lunchtime wrap with smoked salmon.
Sweet potato: grate into your breakfast omelette, stir through quinoa porridge with cacao and a touch of maple or honey or roast whole and stuff with Mexican beans, avocado, cheese and salsa.
Pack and share
Team up with your flatties, family, friends or work colleagues and create a pack lunch schedule so you can utilise the ingredients you have on hand to their fullest potential, and share love around. This is such a great way to not feel you’re eating the same foods each day and gives everyone a chance to explore and learn a little more about healthy cooking while they’re at it. Soups are a great way to kick this collaboration off.
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