So, you’ve resolved to try to eat cleanly – great. Now what? The clean eating movement involves eating whole foods like fruits and vegetables and minimising the consumption of processed food. Clean eating has many health benefits, such as reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, increased energy, improved sleep and weight loss. However, with many convenience foods being cheaper, it may take some planning to stick to your new lifestyle on a budget. Here are four tips to help you along on your wallet-friendly clean eating journey.
Go organic only when necessary
There are some fruits and veg, known as ‘the dirty dozen’, that are particularly vulnerable to pesticide residue and may warrant the extra expense for organic. These include strawberries, grapes and apples. Conversely, if you’re shopping for avocados, corn, onions, cabbage or mushrooms, for example, don’t sweat it if you can’t afford to go organic.
Buy and cook in bulk (and save your leftovers!)
One of the most cost-effective ways to avoid turning to takeaways is to plan your meals in advance, create them in large batches, and then save them for later when you don’t have the time or energy to cook. If planning your entire week seems too overwhelming, you can start with planning your meals on the days when you know you’re most pressed for time. Curries and bean-based dishes freeze well, so stock up on airtight freezer containers and get cooking.
Buy in-season fruit and veg
It makes sense to buy fruit and veg that is in season, not only for optimal taste and nutrition but also because prices drop due to increased availability. Plus, your food-mile conscience will be clear!
Use meat creatively
Try to make organic cuts of meat last longer by padding out meals with legumes and pulses. Experiment with different cuts of white/dark meat and cook them using inexpensive herbs and spices – like ginger and paprika – to add variety.
Clean eating doesn’t have to cost a fortune. You can reap the benefits by making small adjustments to the way you shop and cook, so you can get healthier while watching the pennies.Related shops: Concord Extra, Lidl, New World, Superfit, Goodness Direct