One of the things you need to do when looking to lose weight is making changes to your nutrition and the type of food you eat. You probably know that processed food is not good for you, but may be thinking, "To eat healthy means it will be expensive".
Having a well-stocked pantry and fridge is one of the easiest ways to ensure your healthy lifestyle and weight loss goals stay on track. Eating healthily, however, can be really expensive – especially when you fling “superfoods” into the pot!
So how do you eat a healthy whole food diet without breaking the bank?
You don’t have to use superfoods, and it doesn't need to be expensive!
Here are some simple, easy to follow tips that can help you makeover your kitchen without taking out a loan!
1. Meal Planning
You need a plan of attack when you go to the supermarket. Going there and wandering mindlessly through the food aisles is time that could be better spent cooking yummy wholesome meals.
You may also find you buy things you don’t actually need and then they go off in your fridge or pantry.
Write a basic meal plan for the week, check what you already have in the fridge and pantry, and write a list of what you need to buy fresh from the shops.
Here's a handy meal planner for you.
Making a list can help you focus on the items you need and you’ll avoid overspending, because sticking to the plan minimises the risk of impulse purchases.
2. Shop seasonally
Using ingredients that are in season is more economical because the products aren't coming from far away. You will also be supporting local industry and farmers, and the food is fresher and more nutritious, because it isn't covered in additional chemicals to see it through the shipping process.
And you’ll be minimising your carbon footprint as well 😉
3. Do a Little Prep
Buying items in bulk, such as larger cuts of meat, may feel unnecessary and expensive at the time, but it will definitely save you money in the long run. You can divide the meat into portions and store it in the freezer until required.
Cook ahead and freeze healthy meals such as soups and stew. Cook up a big batch of nourishing stew or soup on a Sunday, portion it into containers and simply pull them out of the freezer in the coming weeks. It's a no brainer for saving your health, your time and your dollars.
4. Stock Up With Healthy Options
A fridge and pantry well stocked with healthy options is the way to go. If good foods are easily available there is less excuse to reach for unhealthy ones.
In addition, when you see wholefood dry ingredients on sale (quinoa, rice, buckwheat, lentils etc), try to grab extra to keep at home. This helps you to get creative with your meals.
5. Eat more plants
I am sure you agree, most of us don’t eat enough plants (vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds)
Not only are they a rich source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fibre, and carbohydrates, they're also incredibly economical, so make them a priority on your shopping list.
For every meal, aim to fill three quarters of your plate with vegetables and one quarter with protein. Watch the starchy veg though (potato, kumara, etc.) – only a small cupped handful of those if you’re after weight loss. 😊
If you’d like to learn how to put together nutritious meals easily, with the correct portions and that will help you with your weight loss, here’s a resource guide for you! Claim your resource guide here and start changing your health today.
And let me know... which of these 5 ways do you already incorporate into your life? Which new one are you going to try?
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