Eating well doesn’t have to cost the earth; a point proven by renowned blogger and healthy-eating It Girl Deliciously Ella. The newly published author and
Don’t Panic Over Your First Shop
When you first change the way you eat, it may seem a bit daunting and your initial shop will probably be pretty expensive as you’ll need to stock up on your new pantry staples – tahini, almond butter, tamari, quinoa etc. However, once you’ve done this you’ll be good to go for ages and if that’s too much you can slowly build your cupboards over time rather than doing it all in one go.
Buy in Bulk
Buying ingredients in bulk may take up more space but it can save you a lot of money. There are lots of sites online that sell kilo bags of nuts, seeds, grains etc at much better prices than you’d get in a store. Places like Amazon.co.uk and WholeFoodsOnline.co.uk are worth a visit to get started.
Don’t Get Distracted in Health Food Shops!
If you’re anything like me you may find that you get a little overexcited in your health food store and want to buy absolutely everything you see. Of course if you pick up every raw chocolate bar or bag of kale chips in the place your shop will end up pretty pricey! So if you want to stick to your budget, make a shopping list beforehand and be strict – only buy what’s on the list, or make it even easier and buy it online where there’s less temptation!
A little planning does wonders for saving money. As I’m always cooking and recipe testing it’s impossible for me to stick to a meal plan, however, if you know your routine then not constantly buying on a whim can be a great way to reduce your food.
Don’t Waste Anything
Cooking in bulk is an effective way to save money, especially when it comes to using fresh food. If a recipe calls for half a bag of carrots but you know you won’t use the rest of the carrots in another recipe, then make double the recipe and freeze the other half. I do this all the time and it saves time, food and money, plus you have a freezer full of goodness to enjoy when you don’t feel like cooking.
Love your Beans
Beans and lentils are some of the cheapest foods you can find in the supermarket. They’re packed with goodness and are really energising, so they’re the perfect addition to any main meal, especially as they’re so versatile. I use them a lot to bulk up a meal, and if you’re veggie they’re an excellent meat replacement.
Less is More
I’m a veggie but I know meat can be quite pricey, so I’d really recommend setting yourself a budget to use and spend it on eating good quality meat. This may mean having it just a few times a week, instead of everyday but quality over quantity really is so important here.
Don’t Panic Over Organic
While I do try to buy organic where possible, I believe that it’s better to eat non-organic veggies than no veggies at all! If you’re able to buy some organic food then I’d recommend looking at the dirty dozen or clean fifteen – you can find these lists online and they’re updated every year to show the ingredients that contain the most pesticides; I focus on trying to get these ingredients organic and don’t stress about the others.
Seasonal Produce is the Best
Seasonal produce tends to be much cheaper than imported, out of season food, so it’s worth being very conscious of this when you shop and make your shopping lists.
Markets are your Friends
Markets tend to be much cheaper than supermarkets so if possible try to stop at a market every weekend to stock up on goodness to enjoy all week!
Embrace Frozen Foods
I love keeping my freezer stocked with frozen berries so that I always have them to hand when I want to make a smoothie. Plus it’s so much cheaper than buying fresh berries.
Don’t Go Mad for Superfoods
It’s important to remember that you really don’t have to go out and buy every superfood under the sun. Instead start slowly and gradually buying one then another, and if you never buy any then don’t worry – you can still be healthy without spirulina and maca!
Sweet Treats Cost More
If you are choosing to bake everyday then eating well is going to get pretty expensive as buying lots of dates, nuts and cacao really adds up. I love sweet things and need to have sweet things on hand at all times but I find that if I bake once a week I have enough energy balls or sweet potato brownies to see me through without it being crazy expensive.
Simple is Best
The things I eat on a day-to-day basis are generally cheap. I focus on lots of brown rice, homemade hummus, roast veggies and greens for most of my savoury meals and porridge with banana for most of my breakfasts. These things cost so little but make me feel amazing. Don’t feel that you always have to make something fancy – it'll cost more time and money and doesn’t always taste better!
Just remember every little positive change you make makes a difference!