Categories: Lifestyle, Nutrition.

Written by James Morris Personal Trainer

 

Spend less while eating healthy

 

The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) rose by 1.6% in the year to December 2016, compared with a 1.2% rise in the year to November. (sager. 2017) The main contributor to this, was the increase in the price of food.

 

Ten money saving tips: (BDA. 2016.)

  1. Plan ahead, write a shopping list and avoid impulse purchases.
  2. Cut food waste by eating leftovers from your evening meal for lunch or freezing for the following week.
  3. Look out for weekly fruit and vegetable deals at superstores, markets and local shops.
  4. Cut your meat – swap for pulses (beans, lentils and peas) and vegetables for example when making spaghetti Bolognese, replace the mince with tinned chickpeas, lentils or kidneys beans and add frozen vegetables.
  5. Use leftover vegetables from your evening meal to make soup for lunch the next day – simply pop in a pan with a stock-cube, cover with water and cook on a low heat for 10 minutes, then blend or eat it chunky with some wholemeal or seeded bread.
  6. Try superstore value brands, which often taste just as good for a lower price.
  7. Try tinned or frozen fruit and vegetables – buy fruit in natural juices/water instead of in syrup when you can, to avoid extra calories from the added sugar.
  8. Rely less upon ‘ready’ or manufactured food like takeaways or processed meats and cook from scratch. Look at the resource list (turn over) for where to nd easy, healthy low-cost recipes.
  9. Ask members of staff at local supermarkets for fresh food reduction times to grab a bargain. Use within date or freeze for later.
  10. Buy some dried herbs and spices, for example chilli powder, paprika and mixed Italian herbs – they are not expensive and they add great avour to simple homemade dishes.

Making the simple changes will help you to save money, eat well and contribute towards a balanced diet and lifestyle.

 

Book in a complimentary personal training appointment with James today at www.jamesmorrispt.co.uk for help achieving your health and body composition goals.

 

References:

sager. 2017. UK consumer price inflation – Office for National Statistics. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.ons.gov.uk/economy/inflationandpriceindices/bulletins/consumerpriceinflation/dec2016. [Accessed 31 January 2017].

The British Dietetic Association (BDA). 2016. Eat well, spend less. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.bda.uk.com/foodfacts/PackedLunches.pdf. [Accessed 31 January 2017].

 

Last Updated: 31th January 2017. Intended for information only. It is not a substitute for proper medical diagnosis or dietary advice given by a dietitian. If you need to see a dietitian, visit your GP for a referral.

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