It's all very well & good being given advice about the latest & greatest in skincare, make-up, gyms, clothes & diet......but....who can afford all that? Especially as the latest & greatest can, & does, regularly change.
I found an interesting article about substituting healthy foods for foods which give similar effects, but also cost less. Which I rather like the idea of. So here are some ideas, some of which are my own tricks:
Trail Mix/snack small baggies of dry cereal (use plastic snack bags)
another is about 8 walnut halves & a small box of raisins (kids snack size)
or combine the above two, add extra cereal & make up a few baggies
Protein drink use milk, add 1/4 cup skim milk powder for about double the protein of the
milk. Whizz it in the blender, add a dash of vanilla & you have a smoothie.
Muesli porridge or 2 breakfast biscuits
Porridge with chia seeds Chia seeds bulk up the protein but especially add fibre & healthy fats. Use
oatbran instead, Homebrand make a good & really cheap oatbran, & cook
in milk or milk powder to increase the protein, add yoghurt/milk after.
LSA buy linseeds from the bulk bins, whizz them up in your coffee grinder &
store in the freezer. Add about 1 tsp to porridge for extra healthy fats.
Salmon tin of sardines
Blueberries dried prunes....great for the bowels & lots of anti-oxidants
High grain "healthy" bread mixed grain crackers like vitawheat
Broccoli sometimes mega cheap, if not, try peas, or grow silverbeet
Capsicum these are nightshades which don't agree with me, so I have carrot.
Nuts a small serve of: oil with a meal; peanut butter
Chicken kidney beans
Designer soups make your own!!! so yummy & cheap: lentil & tomato, pumpkin, leek & potato, pea & spinach........
Fruit/vege juice/smoothies eat the whole fruit/vege instead, & have a glass of water with them.
Protein bars muesli bar...better still, make your own.
Yoghurt Gopals yoghurt is cheap & yummy. Also easy to make...amp up the protein
by adding skim milk powder.
Chai Choose: some cardamon, cinnamon, ginger, dash of vanilla, add to a
teabag or 1 tsp of tea, brew, add some milk....yummy. It's ok to just use powdered spices.
Meat when you cook mince, use less meat & add some lentils to the dish
Wraps make thin pancakes, or crepes which are more eggy. Makes smaller
wraps but are filling & delicious.
It's very empowering to make your own food, cheaper & more hygenic. You can eat well when the budget is not so big.
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