The likes of Deliciously Ella and Madeline Shaw may make “clean eating” look aspirational, glamorous and expensive, but eating healthily doesn’t have to cost the earth – in fact it could even save you money.
While many “in vogue” healthy recipes call for costly ingredients only found at your local health food store, you don’t have to stock up on chia seeds, manuka honey and tamari in order to make a healthy change to your diet.
To help you make a delicious change to your eating habits we’ve shared a few of our top “healthy eating on a shoestring” tips. Time to say goodbye to expensive, unhealthy ready meals and takeouts, and hello to a healthy body (and bank balance!).
1. Cut Out Meat
Going veggie is one of the very best ways to cut the cost of your shopping bill. There’s no need to be religious about making the switch to a plant-based diet, a little meat or fish every now and then won’t break the bank, but significantly reducing your meat intake will benefit both your physical and financial health!
2. Say cheerio to cheese
Cheese is one of the worst offenders when it comes to unhealthy food which jacks up your food bill. Again, a little cheese every now and then does no harm, but this luxury item is typically an unhealthy indulgence which costs more than you’d think. Reduce your cheese consumption and watch your health and bank balance improve!
3. Embrace your Freezer
Making the switch to more fresh fruit and vegetables is only cost-effective if you’re not throwing away half of what you buy – and it can be hard to know how much you’ll need. In this instance, the freezer is your friend. If you think you won’t make use of an item this week, cook an extra large batch and freeze portions for a later date.
4. Eat Seasonally
Eating more fruit and veg gives you the chance to eat more seasonally (and even grow your own! Weeding is a great workout!). Rather than buying expensive out-of-season asparagus flown in from Peru, wait until British asparagus season and enjoy tastier, cheaper fare which hasn’t racked up thousands of air miles.
Do you have any money saving healthy eating tips? Share your culinary inspiration and clean eating stories with other readers below.