I eat a lot of food. I try to eat pretty well in terms of food selection and quality but it can be pretty expensive to do so. I thought I’d share a few simple strategies I use to eat well without spending a fortune!
1. Shop in advance after planning your meals
Each week, we try to sit down on a sat or sun and spend 10 mins planning the week aheads evening meal. From that, we look at the ingredients that we already have, and list everything else that is needed. Generally, herbs, spices, sauces and other things last a while and you don’t need to buy all that regularly. Then, with the list in hand, the supermarket gets hit! Sticking to the list, and looking out special offers will save you time and money.
2. Bulk buy protein
Most supermarkets have multibuys on meat and fish. These are typically going to be prominent in your diet, so take advantage of the offers! Once you buy, separate the meat and fish in to portions and freeze, taking them out the night before you plan to use them to defrost in plenty of time. Using the Precision Nutrition portion guides, it’s a simple enough task to cut the meat and fish into the correct size portions.
3. Buy veggies and prep and freeze
If you are anything like me, you probably have to occasionally throw out the odd veggie or 2! Bought with the best of intentions, and left at the back of the salad drawer…
Portioning up the veggies you need for smoothies, stirfrys and meals or snacks, then freezing them, helps them last longer, and stops you from having to pop into the supermarket every other day, and if you are like me, coming out with the odd packet of oreos…
4. Bulk with beans, more protein, better carbs, more fibre
Beans, beans, are good for you heart, the more you eat, the more you…get more protein and fibre into your diet! Fibre plays an important role in digestion and most people eating a typical western diet don’t get nearly enough each day.
Guys, we need to get around 40-50g per day, ladies, you need around 30-35g per day. Half a can of mixed beans in a chilli or salad will give you around 8-10g and putting you well on your way to the total. It’ll also give you about the same amount of protein and some good quality carbs.
5. Protein supplements
Last on the list because you should really be getting your nutrition from whole foods, but sometimes, a quick protein shake can help top up your protein levels. A good protein supplement doesn’t have to cost the Earth, and it doesn’t need to be filled out with all kinds of extras. Remember, it’s called a supplement because it’s there to supplement your diet, not act as a replacement for actual food!
Hope these tips help!