Our expert says:
Healthy foods need not be expensive, provided one is prepared to do quite a bit of home cooking. Buying fruits and vegetables in season is usually a good investment. Using unsifted, unprocessed grains and cereals and making porridges instead of buying vastly expensive ready-to-eat breakfast cereals can save a lot of money. Including self-prepared and cooked legumes (dry beans, peas, lentils and soya) to 'stretch' expensive protein foods such as meat, fish and cheese not only reduces the budget but also your fat and cholesterol intake. It is also a good idea to have at least one main meal a week which does not feature meat or fish. However, if you are a working Mom with a tight schedule then it is difficult to prepare all these foods at home. It may help to set aside one or two days a month for cooking such foods and then freeze them for those times when you are rushed off your feet. As regards healthy lunch boxes for the children, you can contact the Nutrition Department, SA Sugar Association, P O Box 700, Mount Edgecombe, 4300, or phone: (031) 508-7000, or send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org and ask them to send you the leaflet on ‘Healthy Eating for Children’.
I hope some of these suggestions will help a bit.
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