We all know that healthy food can be really delicious, but sometimes it’s just hard to maintain the good habit of eating healthy. Not only because we’re easily addicted to sugar, but also because a bag of unsalted nuts is simply much more expensive than a bag full of candy. Hereby I present to you: 5 ways to make healthy food more affordable.
1. Choose to buy frozen food
I eat fish almost every week, and although a fresh piece of salmon makes me very happy, I buy frozen fish from the supermarket, as it mostly differs already 3 euros. Same thing is with fruit: frozen blueberries, raspberries and cherries are as good as the real deal. Plus, you can keep it much longer than fresh fruit.
2. Oatmeal = hot, healthy and cheap
Oatmeal has gotten an enormous uplift the last few years, and I think it’s deservedly. This ‘superfood’ is full of antioxidants, it lowers your cholesterol and keeps you full for a long time. It also gives you a way to vary with breakfast: oatmeal with different kinds of fruit, oatmeal pancakes, oatmeal breakfast muffins: it’s all possible. And the best thing is: it is not expensive: if you buy a basic package of oatmeal, it will cost you not more than 1 euro.
3. Never waste food
If there’s one thing I dislike, is throwing away food. If you just cook for yourself, freeze it and eat it for dinner another time, eat it for lunch the next day, eat it two days in a row, but don’t throw it away. If you like soup, take time to make a big pan with fresh vegetables and freeze it in portions.
4. Grow your own ingredients
If you have a green thumb and you have a spot free in your garden, on your balcony or in the kitchen, you could create your own herbs or vegetables. Much cheaper than buying it in the supermarkets every time, and much healthier because you know for sure it hasn’t been sprayed with pesticides.
Don’t try to eat healthily just by buying chia seeds, wheatgrass powder or goji berries. Been there, done that. It can be an addition to a healthy lifestyle, but it doesn’t help you getting healthier, fitter or stronger. So if you’re on a budget, stick to fruit, vegetables, fish, fibres, nuts and just water or tea.
Not convinced yet? Find some healthy budget recipes here.