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How to eat healthily on a budget

No matter where you are in the UK, and no matter what your circumstances are, there is a good chance that you will be finding things tough financially at the moment; this means that you may be looking for ways to try and reduce the amount that you spend out every day/week or month.

Our food can often be one of the bigger expenses in our day-to-day budgeting. However, it is something that we can only do with it.

Not only this but what you can afford to eat is also an important consideration. More often than not, healthy foods are cheaper than those that are not healthy. However, just because you want to try and reduce the amount you spend on food doesn’t mean that you have to completely give up on the idea of eating healthy.

To help you, we have put together some of our top tips on ensuring you can eat healthily whilst on a budget.

Think about how to save money on fruit and veg

One of the key factors of eating healthy is to ensure that you have as much fruit and veg in your diet as possible. However, these can be expensive, especially fresh fruit and veg. The good news is that you can reduce the amount you spend on fruit and vegetables in a few ways.

The first is that you can buy frozen alternatives, these are lower in cost than fresh, but they still count towards your five a day. You can also try to shop for special offers and eat options that are in season rather than buying when they are out of season.

Choose healthy carbs

You need carbs in your diet to get the energy required to do all your everyday activities. The good news is that, on the whole, carbs are usually the cheaper of all the aspects of food to buy. However, if you want to try and stay as healthy as possible, you will want to try and purchase wholegrain versions of each type of carb.

Wholegrain carbs are better for your digestive system and have also been proven to be more filling, which is always good if you want to try and keep the costs down and stay full too.

Avoid waste

The worrying fact about the food we eat is that as much as a quarter of it is wasted. Food waste is not only bad for the environment but also a waste of money. One of the best ways to reduce food waste is to plan the food you will eat before you shop or cook food.

That way, you can ensure that the food you have in your fridge will not go to waste. Making a food prep plan helps when you don’t have the time to cook because you won’t have to worry about what to cook and when.

Food prep plans can also help you to think about which food leftovers you can use for another dinner another night. That way, you can make the ingredients you must go even further.

Just because you want to try and reduce the amount of money you spend on food, you can still eat well. You need to take the time to plan, prep and also consider how you can save money when you are shopping.

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