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Affordable and healthy eating tips during the outbreak

 

Many households have had to tighten the purse strings to make ends meet, and usually that means substituting healthy food for cheaper, less healthy alternatives.

Luckily, we did our research so you don't have to sacrifice your healthy eating.

Check out our recommendations for healthy eating options that won't put too much strain on your pocket.

Make sure you get your daily serving of fruits and veggies

Try to prioritise buying fresh produce whenever you go grocery shopping. If the shop you go to doesn't have fresh fruits available, you can substitute those with frozen options.

Frozen vegetables are an easy way for your body to get the necessary nutrients for the day and are relatively inexpensive; the same goes for frozen fruit. They are the perfect complement for your breakfast, add them to yoghurt or throw them in the blender with your smoothies.

Make cooking a part of fun family time

Cooking and eating together is a great way to bond with the family, so why not use the time to share and educate each other on healthy recipes. Keep to a schedule and assign tasks to different members of the family, let the kids do the dishes, or let your partner sort the food items.

Make dinner time a fun time for all, something that the whole family can look forward to.

Plan for leftovers

Cooking healthy meals that can be eaten over a couple of days is a smart way to save time and money. Cooking three meals a day, every single day, can get expensive so double up your recipes and refrigerate the leftovers so you can eat them over the course of a few days.

Prepare healthy snacks

We've all been there, feeling bored in the house and suddenly, our feet magically take us to the fridge to grab a snack. A great way to eat healthier, smaller snacks is to prepare pre-portioned “snack bags” for the day. Dried fruit, peanuts or cheese are healthy foods that are filling and affordable.

Cut down on meat and processed foods

Where possible, go meat free and avoid processed foods. Processed foods might be light on the pocket, but they aren't healthy.

Sweets and processed foods are high in saturated fats, added sugar and salt, which can cause illnesses. If you do buy processed foods, read the label and make sure that they contain less of these substances.

Being at home is a great time to try out new recipes but it doesn't have to be expensive. Be mindful of what you are putting in your body, and be savvy with your money.