Wallet friendly ways to eat well

01 April 2016 | Healthy living

Is the price of healthy food putting you off eating well? People often think that it’s expensive to eat more healthily but with a few savvy tips and tricks, you can eat well, reduce your risk of cancer, and save money!

Master the supermarket sweep

With a bit of planning for your weekly shop, you’ll already be well on your way to wallet-friendly healthy eating.

  • Make a list before going shopping so you know exactly what you need. Try planning your meals in advance with our Meal Planning Toolkit – this will not only help you save time and money, but will also help you choose delicious and healthy meals.
  • You might be tempted by supermarket offers but they’re only good value if you manage to eat everything! Choose foods that will keep for longer or ones that can be frozen.
  • Fresh products are often reduced towards the end of the day, so keep an eye out and you could grab a bargain for dinner.
  • Don’t shop when you’re hungry as you’re more likely to crave foods higher in fat or sugar – so fill up before you shop!

Get freezer savvy

Making use of the freezer means foods will keep much longer and are less likely to go to waste.

  • Keep an eye on the use by dates of fresh foods and freeze anything you won’t use in time.
  • Did you know that frozen fruit and veg are not only cheaper than fresh options, but just as nutritious? These are perfect for quick additions to meals and you’ll always have them to hand.
  • Make your own ready meals by freezing any leftovers, or making food in batches, such as soups or stews, and freezing portions individually. They’ll be much cheaper, and healthier, than supermarket meals.

Love your leftovers

Waste not, want not is the old adage, and it’s true. Leftovers can often be used in other meals, adding flavour and saving you money.

  • Add leftover meats to soups or stews. It will add flavour without you having to fork out for a whole new portion.
  • Add a can of pulses to leftover curries, stews or Bolognese. It can turn small amounts of leftovers normally not worth keeping into another full meal.
  • Don’t be afraid to mix and match. Roasted mixed veg is a delicious way to use up any vegetables you have leftover in one easy go.

Eating a healthy diet, based around wholegrains, pulses, vegetables and fruit helps reduce the risk of several cancers. These foods also tend to be lower in calories and higher in fibre, and so will help fill you up and keep your weight in check – another important way to reduce your risk of cancer.

Sarah Toule | 01 April 2016