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Healthy eating

Eat healthily and save money

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Eating healthy can have many benefits including helping to maintain a healthy weight, increasing energy, improving your mood and reducing illness. Some people believe that healthy eating costs a lot, however, there are a number of ways to eat healthily on a budget, as well as to ensure you use all the food you buy so you don’t waste money throwing food away.

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Advice to help you eat healthily and save

Top Tips

Top tips to eating healthily and save

  • Try the Change4Life Meal Mixer, a 4 week plan to help you cook healthier meals on a budget – every Friday for 4 weeks, get a tasty, healthy recipe, instructions and a shopping list of all the ingredients you'll need to cook a healthy meal for around £5
  • Replace your morning or afternoon snack with a piece of fruit. An apple or banana could cost about half the price of most chocolate bars or packets of crisps
  • Go for long-life options which are often cheaper and just as healthy:   canned, frozen or dried fruit and vegetables, tinned oily fish like salmon,  store cupboard staples such as canned tomatoes, beans and tried pulses which can also count towards your 5 a day, pasta is cheap and filling and can be very versatile.  Try wholegrain options for a healthier choice
  • Plan your meals – make a list before you go food shopping. This can help avoid impulse buys of unhealthy items and buying more than you need.  See the meal planning video for more ideas
  • Cook in bulk and freeze portions to eat another time. Learn more about freezing your food 
  • Make your own healthy packed lunch to save money and eat more healthily - see recipe ideas below
  • Buy fruit and veg that are in season – this is often cheaper
  • Oats for breakfast – porridge oats are cheap and make a great breakfast – as hot cereal or mixed with low-fat yogurt and fruit 
  • Measure out foods like pasta and rice to get your portion sizes right. If you make more than you need, try freezing it. Learn more about freezing your food.   
  • Add more veg or lentils and beans to meat meals – they tend to cost less than meat and can make the meal go further and help you cut down on saturated fat.  See recipe ideas below
More ideas for healthy recipes:

Recipes to help you eat 5 a day portions of fruit and vegetables

Healthy heart recipe finder app from British Heart Foundation

More tips to eat healthily and save

See ten tips for eating your 5 a day portions of fruit and vegetables on a budget

Ten ways to reduce your grocery bill and eat healthily

Healthy eating on a budget from the British Heart Foundation

Money saving tips for healthy food shopping from Change4Life

Save time and money from love food hate waste 

 

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