Many people who ask about My $50 Weekly Shop ask if it is healthy.
And after I had a nutritionist look at the ingredients, it got the ‘Not Bad’ tick – which I was happy about. But there are always more and more ways to make anything you cook or prepare healthier in so many ways!
So today I thought I’d show you a variety of ways on how to eat healthy on a tight grocery budget!
Make Too Much Dinner
It goes without saying that homemade food is almost always healthier than the shop bought varieties, and you know exactly what is in there. Cooking too much ensures that you have leftovers which can be either frozen and saved for another evening when you don’t feel like cooking – or – it can be ‘re-branded’ as a different meal.
For instance. A delicious beef casserole can be served the next day wrapped in pastry, or in tacos, or simply re-heated and served on toast for a simple breakfast that could also be a lunch or really easy dinner. So whenever you are cooking dinner, think about how you can stretch that one meal – further!
For Staples – Only Buy Generic
Generic – oh how I love thee…. You see, MOST are made in the same factory, from the same ingredients, just a plainer wrapper. And seriously, if you care that much about a wrapper, invest in some good sealed containers instead – no one need know.
For items you constantly use like flour, sugar, oats, milk, bread – why not buy generic and save yourself heaps!
Have a Good Stock of Staple Foods
Every simple time you go grocery shopping, make sure you add a little to your store of staple foods. Staple foods are the foods you use day in, day out. Things like tinned tomatoes, spaghetti noodles, rice, flour etc. Here is a simple list of the foods most families use on a regular basis!