This is a guest post from Chantelle, who’s been volunteering with us.
We’re always being told to eat healthily but sometimes it can seem like it’s far too expensive, especially to feed a family. But, with a bit of planning and organising, Chantelle found out that you can – she shares her tips here.
"I used to think that I couldn’t eat healthily because it was too expensive. I’d seen lots of fancy, expensive healthy food and it made me think that healthy eating wouldn’t work out for me. But one day I sat down and thought about it and wanted to make it work! After a few shopping trips I’ve got it worked out and now I can make healthy meals as well as saving money. Read on to find how you don’t need to spend lots of money to make a healthy meal.
"If you make a shopping list and meal plan then you know what you need for recipes and you know what to buy when you get there. It helps you tell yourself that you don’t need some things when you pick them up. Also, if you are super organised you can check prices online and see what the deals are. Planning and writing a shopping list are my number one tip!
"I used to think that I had to buy everything fresh, but I like to buy frozen veg as it is so much cheaper, quick to use, it’s easier to work out portions, and it lasts ages! Little changes like this mean it’s easier to get healthier choices at better prices.
"Make sure that when you go food shopping you’re not overtired, and definitely not when you’re hungry – it makes me just want to buy quick and easy processed food. I can’t be bothered to think about what I’m going to buy so I find myself getting tempted by offers on things like pizza. Making a list helps with this too – if you’re tired, you don’t have to think, you just buy off the list.
"When you come to making your meals, work out your portions – that way you’re not making a mountain of food that might get wasted, or that you carry on eating even when you’re stuffed. I portion out my food when it’s uncooked so I don’t use too much, and if I do have any leftovers I put them in the fridge so they don’t go to waste – it makes quick and easy meals or snacks for other days.
"I worked out two different weeks of shopping – when I shopped by just walking round and picking up things that got my attention, I spent £57.50. I then worked out my list when I bought healthy, planned food, and avoided throwing in the treats I saw when I walked around. It came to £30.10! Obviously this is just an example week for me but I was shocked! My cheap week did take a bit more planning and thinking about, but it was so much healthier and I saved so much money! I think it is worth it."