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How to eat healthy on a budget

How to eat healthy on a budget
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If you’re looking to eat healthy this summer, but you’re struggling for cash- here are some top tips on how to eat well for less.

Remember, a healthy diet doesn’t have to be expensive!

#Buy frozen fruit and vegetables

Nothing says summer more than lots of fresh vegetables and cool fruit smoothies, yet they can come in at pretty expensive prices if you pick them up from smoothie stands and restaurants.

Make your own smoothies at home by blending frozen fruit, which you can buy in large bags at supermarkets (Aldi is the cheapest) and blend them up with either milk, a milk substitute or some fruit juice for a refreshing smoothie.

Likewise, if you want to whip up some healthy vegetable dishes then just purchase a big bag of frozen vegetables.

They keep for ages and cook in minutes, meaning that you’re not spending too much on buying fresh produce each week and wasting money on fresh veg that you end up throwing away.

#Go vegetarian!

Vegetarianism definitely has its perks! It’s kind on the environment, kind on animal rights and also it can be super cheap and affordable!

Meat, (even frozen meat) can be pricey whilst fruit and veg can be bought in bulk for discount prices.

Vegetarian food doesn’t have to be boring, there are plenty of brilliant recipes over on BBC Good Food consisting of delicious dishes packed with flavour.

Whilst meat is of course packed with protein there are plenty of cheap supermarket meat-free substitutes whilst basic ingredients such as tinned beans and lentils are full of fiber, protein, and vitamins and are also super cheap.

#Use bulk ingredients

It’s always handy to use lots of bulk ingredients when cooking healthy food on a budget.

Whole grain pasta is better for you than the usual type and is also super affordable to buy in bulk.

Likewise, with vegetables and fruits, you can just grab them in bulk, prepare and cut them then freeze them!

A great tip is to have pre-cut fruit in ziplock bags in your freezer, if you want a smoothie you can just pull them out at any time

#Grab some oatmeal for breakfast

If you’re looking to eat healthy (whilst staying on a budget!) then cooking oatmeal (porridge) every morning is a great tip!

Oats are packed full of fiber and can even be purchased fortified in iron meaning that they are great for your digestive system and your blood.

Oats are also really cheap, especially from discount stores such as ALDI. Pick them up to save money and to avoid any excess sugar.

#Make your own cheap healthy chips

Oven chips are usually heavy branded and therefore tend to cost a fair amount, they are also not that good for you health wise!

Just pick up some potatoes from your local supermarket and make your chips from scratch.

Sweet potatoes make really delicious chips, you can liven them up with herbs, spices and even drizzle them in honey!

#Healthy popcorn

Leading a healthy lifestyle doesn’t mean that you have to cut out sweets, treats, and takeaways completely!

Making your own popcorn at home is not only much cheaper than microwave or packet popcorn, it’s also much healthier for you as well!

Check out this site here for more on how to make your own popcorn at home.

Elizabeth Whittingham Elizabeth is a third year history student studying at The University of Manchester.