One of the main things people say to me on a regular basis is ‘ you literally must spend a fortune on food’ and ‘ I can’t eat healthy because it costs too much’. Eating healthy totally doesn’t have to break the bank and in fact, I spend a hell of a lot less on food then so many people I know that don’t follow a healthy lifestyle when it comes to food.
Since food is my business, my passion, ok my obsession – admittedly I do spend quite a lot of food. BUT, since food is my business, my passion and yep my obsession – I also know all the little ticks and sneaky picks to get healthy, nutritious food – on a budget WITHOUT having to eat meals that consist of 5 ingredients all the time.
MEAL PLAN & PREP
Plan plan plan. This is essential to any healthy lifestyle. If you do not meal plan and prep it is virtually impossible not to grab that meal deal on the go, in a rush. By planning your meals and prepping you can ensure nothing goes to waste by using the same ingredients in different meals. I always plan my weekly meals and take my list to the shops with me – then you aren’t left buying random ingredients that you don’t even know what meal they are for – which always leads to waste!
COOK IN BULK
I always cook in bulk. By bulk I literally mean bulk. This one goes in hand with the planning and prepping of our food. If you buy a bag of green beans and you have two days to cook them, just cook them all – they will last longer in the fridge that way and can be reheated at a later date. You can also plan them in to a meal that you may be eating the day after.
BUY A WHOLE CHICKEN
I eat so much chicken. SO MUCH. If you are anything like me then the best thing to do is save money and buy a whole organic chicken. From 1 whole chicken, which occasionally costs the same or less than a package of 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, you get 2 chicken breasts, 2 thighs, 2 drumsticks, and 2 wings, PLUS you can use the leftover bones to make healthy, home made broth. It doesn’t take a mathematician ( as I certainly am not one) to know that you’ve just saved yourself lots of pennies.
FREEZE YOUR FOOD
I always buy in bulk and freeze freeze freeze. Additionally, If you know you aren’t going to eat all those veggies you brought in excitement of trying to be healthy, you can freeze them up until their ‘use-by’ date. WASTAGE MEANS MONEY PEOPLE!
EAT CLEAN & SIMPLE
So many people think healthy means exotic foods and lots of ingredients. Lots of the cleanest, most nourishing foods are actually the cheapest, longest lasting and simplest to cook. Whilst I am a big fan of not following a clean diet that consists of only 5 ingredients that a lot of others seem to be advocates of – you can plan your weeks so that you eat the same ingredients for a few days, if you are extra strapped for cash. My weekly food shop ( minus meats) literally comes anywhere between 10 – 20 pounds. Cheap healthy foods that are my ‘go-to’ are usually
Gluten free oats
Blueberries & Rasberries ( ok these are expensive but.. yummy!)
Whole organic broccoli
Ok this is another one that goes hand in hand with any healthy weightloss goal. Not only do I tell my clients to cook from scratch to help eliminate nasties and keep things clean, it also actually saves money. By cooking at home and following the steps above you are 1000000% saving way more then spending money each day eating out. I work with girls every day who grab brekkie on their way in to work or a coffe, then at lunch head out to Pret and spend another 5a on lunch then have to grab food on the way home for dinner. Most spend more in one day then what I spend ALL WEEK on my food. Yes it takes time, but just dedicate a couple of hours on a Sunday eve and you will benefit in so many more ways then one!
SHOP AT LOCAL MARKETS
Ok, not all of us are lucky to have local fresh fruit and veg markets near our houses, fair enough. But if you do – USE THEM! Not only are the produce fresh and organic, they are also a HUGE amount cheaper. You quite often get a little wink or a chat up from a cheeky chappy too while your there 😉
You know what is not only cheap, but also healthy, and pretty much always available? Tap water. Unless you live in an area where the water is unsafe to drink, purchase a good water bottle and get drinking. Most of the time, when you think you are hungry, your body is actually craving water! Tally up how many times you choose water over a coffee, tea, fizzy drink ( grr) a week then add up how much money you saved – I bet you’ll be surprised! My absolute life saver is my Hydratem8. No joke it comes everywhere with me telling me how much water I should have had by that point in the day! http://hydratem8.co.uk
I could literally go on forever, but I think I rest my case with these points alone. Guys, get healthy and rich!!