So you think eating healthily will cost you a fortune? Think again. Follow these five easy steps and discover that eating well is better for better for you… and your budget, too.
1. COOK FROM SCRATCH
Sure there’s a time and place for convenience meals, but you’ll find when you take a little extra time to cook your meal, you’ll be more interested in the quality and origins of the ingredients you buy. “This isn’t about buying lots of expensive food you’ll only use once,” says Woolworths TASTE contributing food editor Hannah Lewry. “Rather spend your budget on fewer high-quality, simple ingredients and build your meals around those.”
2. PREP IN BATCHES
It doesn’t have to be a time-consuming business. “Setting aside time over a weekend to plan a few meals around a versatile ingredient like mince will slash the cost of your weekly shop,” says Hannah. Wholegrains like spelt are also an affordable building-block to cook in large quantities for your fridge. They’ll take you from a feel-good breakfast to a filling office lunch and a more-than-satisfying midweek supper.
3. EAT ROOT TO LEAF
There’s a lot of sense (and cents) in cooking every part of a vegetable. “Root veg are especially good as they can be roasted roots, leaves and all, with good olive oil and salt to bring out the flavour,” says Woolworths TASTE food editor Abigail Donnelly. She also suggests you save the stems of Swiss chard, beetroot and broccoli to add texture and flavour to any sauté.
4. SHOP SEASONALLY
Avocados cost more out of season. And that’s a fact. So start thinking about what’s available locally and seasonally. Fewer food miles means these ingredients will cost you less. You’ll also start appreciating the ingredients unique to a particular season – the likes of pea shoots are available at selected Woolworths stores in spring (that’s now, folks).
5. BE A SAVVY SHOPPER
Make the best use of special offers to keep the cost of your groceries low. Did you know that Discovery Vitality members automatically get up to 25% off over a thousand healthy food items at Woolworths? It’s as easy as looking for the Vitality HealthyFood stamp on shelf labels in store. But remember that if you have unhealthy items in your basket, you’ll lose points. So the pro tip here is separate your baskets and pay for the HealthyFood items separately.
Organic baby leaf salad with pickled romanesco spelt and roasted walnuts
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