To maintain a healthy lifestyle, you really don’t have to eat breakfast every day with unknown exotic fruits, the strangest cereals or expensive superfoods whose name you can’t pronounce. It is therefore a persistent myth that eating healthy would be expensive. On the contrary! A healthy lifestyle that is also friendly to the wallet; with these practical tips it is feasible.
Smart buying, smart cooking and smart storage. That is the motto with which you can quickly save considerably on healthy food. We collected the most useful tips.
It sounds simple and perhaps familiar, but it really works. Smart purchasing? You do it like this:
Feel free to take frozen vegetables and fruit. What many people do not know is that these products are at least as healthy as fresh vegetables. They are processed and frozen directly from the land, but are often a lot cheaper than the fresh ones. Tip: broad beans or green peas are very high in fiber and affordable, you can find them (also) in the freezer
Seasonal fruits and vegetables are often cheaper. And very healthy! Did you know, for example, that kale – often a poor child among us but very affordable – is seen as the superfood in America?
Did you know that kale in America is a real superfood?
B-brands are often of a lower quality than A-brands, but are usually much cheaper. Look at the ingredients on the package to see which product is the healthiest choice.
If you opt for fresh vegetables, avoid the ready-made assorted sacks, these are often a lot more expensive.
What you make yourself is often better than it is? Smart cooking and eating? The following tips will help you with this:
Be creative with leftovers! Do you only need part of a fresh product for a specific meal? Immediately consider how you can use the rest for a meal on another day. For example, you can turn vegetable scraps into a vegetable omelet with bread in no time. Or fill in a day with a pan of vegetable soup and add legumes to turn it into a meal soup.
Make double sandwiches with toppings and some slices of vegetables or fruit for extra taste and bite. Sandwich spreads such as cheese or meat products are often expensive and so it becomes even healthier! Also invest your sandwich with homemade hummus, a low-budget spread of legumes.
Try to take your own lunch to work. This way you avoid opting for less healthy and more expensive alternatives in the canteen.
By eating healthy, satiating meals three times a day with whole-grain products, lots of vegetables and enough protein (every day your handful of nuts, meat or meat substitutes) you have much less appetite for (expensive) snacks. Fiber-rich food is satiating and also helps to keep your digestive system healthy. About 30 to 40 grams of fiber per day is recommended!
And finally: Smart storage. Because with a correct way of storing, you significantly increase the shelf life. In the Netherlands, about 41 kilos of ‘good food’ per person disappears per year in the waste bin. And that’s a shame. And often unnecessary, if you take the following into account:
For chilled fresh products it applies that they remain good for a long time in a refrigerator that is at 4 degrees. Never leave these products outside the fridge for a long time. For example, a carton of milk that is on the table for an hour can be kept for a day shorter than the best before date.
Every year, about 50 kilos of ‘good food’ per person disappears in the waste bin. That is a shame, and often unnecessary!
Do you have a knack for cooking and do you want to develop your love for this trade? During your education you realize your ambition to become a professional chef with quick and easy chef coach certification. There are some good online chef training lessons designed for both beginners and experts. These online chef training courses are developed in close collaboration with the industry. The recipes and tips are from professionals in the industry so you got different food and nutrition career options to choose from. Or simply start your food delivery business with your own healthy recipes.