Eating healthy on a budget

Eating healthy on a budget

A balanced, healthy diet can help to protect your immune system and may lower your risk of certain diseases. Most of us are trying to save money, and recently the cost of food has gone up significantly.

One of the main concerns is that healthy eating is more expensive. It does not have to be! Planning ahead may be the answer to saving money on your monthly grocery bill.
  • Make a shopping list of the really necessary items you need to buy.
  • Have a meal or snack before going shopping. Shopping on an empty stomach will cause you to buy more – especially high-sugar or fatty snacks!
  • Leave the cold drinks alone—cold drinks are often high in sugar, preservatives, and colourants and provide no nutritional value. Drink water, herbal teas, or make your own soda water at home.
  • In-season vegetables and fruits are often less expensive than imported out-of-season fresh produce. Keep an eye out for specials, but also check the expiry date of fresh produce.
  • Save money by cooking large portions and freezing items such as soups, pasta sauces, and stews. Not only will you save money on food, but also on electricity!
  • Frozen vegetables are just as good as fresh veggies. Additional benefits are that you are able to include a larger variety of vegetables in your diet and it takes no preparation time at all.


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