How to eat well on a budget
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:
- 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
- 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.
- or 2 breakfast biscuits
- or 2 weetbix
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
- you can also cook porridge in milk or milk powder to increase the protein
- add yoghurt/milk after.
- buy linseeds from the bulk bins, whizz them up in your coffee grinder, and store in the freezer
- add about 1 tsp to porridge for extra healthy fats.
- tin of sardines
- 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
- or grow silverbeet
- these are nightshades which don't agree with me, so I have carrot
Nuts, instead have a small serve of:
- oil with a meal
- peanut butter
- kidney beans
- tofu. Really cheap in Asian supermarkets
- make your own!!! so yummy & cheap
- lentil & tomato, pumpkin, leek & potato, pea & spinach........
- eat the whole fruit/vege instead
- & have a glass of water with them.
- muesli bar
- better still, make your own.
- Gopals yoghurt is cheap & yummy
- yoghurt is also easy to make, amp up the protein by adding skim milk powder
- 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
- when you cook mince, use less meat & add some lentils to the dish
- make thin pancakes, or crepes which are more eggy
- makes smaller wraps but are still 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.