Hey guys! Thanks for checking out my latest post. This post is how to eat well on a budget.
I posted this photo a few months back on my Instagram and it received a crazy response. Iv had so many messages asking about my diet and workout routines. It took a lot of guts to post it as when I was that size I pretty much hibernated and hid any photos. I ate basically what I wanted but I adjusted my eating habits slightly and saw a huge difference! Exercising about 5 times a week I dropped two dress sizes and had so much more energy!
Now I totally get it when people say that eating healthy is expensive! Organic foods are way more expensive! Healthy food always seems to add up a lot quicker than buying bulk pasta or frozen chips with chicken. But it’s totally worth it if you can shop smart!
Below are a few perks that iv found while changing my eating habits
Perks of healthy eating
- More energy
- Less sluggish feeling
- Better skin, less oily, breakouts.
- fewer cravings
- Grow stronger fuelling the body correctly
- improve your sleep
- strengthen immune system
- healthy body weight
Now Iv lived as a student and also an actor auditioning in London juggling jobs and auditions. So I know how it feels trying to eat well on a budget. You have to be smart, plan ahead and meal prep is key!
How to eat well on a budget
- Make a shopping list – budget in advance so you don’t get too tempted walking around the supermarket/grocery store
- Meal prep – prep in bulk and prep meals throughout the week.
- Buy frozen fruit and veg – stores like Tesco, Lidl, Aldi do great frozen fruit and smoothie mixes for breakfast, smoothies etc
- Stop buying junk food- it all adds up!
- Plan your meals
- Replace meat with other protein sources- fresh meat adds up in cost. Once or twice a week go meat-free or swap for fish etc
- Cook at home – eating out too often can be expensive and unhealthy
Iv found once you get into a routine of these habits. It becomes second nature and you appreciate how much money you’ve saved and still ate healthy and nutritiously.
I know meal prepping can become a little repetitive and sticking to a routine can be a little boring especially when you’re trying to eat well on a budget. So always remember to treat yourself now and then! Have that fry up for breakfast or pizza for dinner. Its all about balance.
Healthy meal ideas
Iv tried to make life a little easier for you, as you start a new habit it can become overwhelming.So below are a few meal ideas that I use regularly and help me keep a balanced nutritious fulfilling diet.
- Weetabix with fruit (bananas, blueberries, strawberries, chia seeds) with added honey drizzle.
- Eggs – scrambled eggs using coconut oil on the pan. With tomatoes or sliced pepper.
- Oats – with added fruit or honey.
- Greek yoghurt – with fruit, berries, honey.
- Protein Pancakes
- Avacado on rice cakes, tomatoes, scrambled/boiled/poached eggs on top
- smoked salmon, eggs, peppers, avocado, wholemeal bagel
- Chicken, rice, veg – broccoli, peppers, aubergine, tomatoes – roasted, seasoned and wrapped in foil for 45mins in the oven
- Salmon, veg – sweet potato wedges – wrapped in foil, seasoned in the oven – 60 mins
- Wholemeal wrap, tuna, veg – tuna mixed with sliced veg – peppers, aubergine, courgette, tomato, fried with coconut oil
- Pea pasta with pesto and cheese – add chicken for extra.
- Omelette – cooked with coconut oil and add tomato and cheese. Low carb lunch with a side salad.
- Mediteranian Tuna Salad – Tuna, salad leaves, peppers, olives, feta cheese, spring onion, tomatoes, celary
- Quorn Chilli, kidney beans, roasted veg, sweet potato, butternut squash and chilli seasoning. add rice if needed
- Whitefish, veg and rice or couscous
- Sweet potato cooked in foil and roasted with feta cheese and Quorn chilli
- Lean turkey burgers (no bun) with cheese. Side salad with tomatoes, peppers, cucumber, courgettes fried with coconut oil
- Chicken, rice and veg (typical) season as desired.
- Chicken salad, Mediterranean roasted vegetables, butternut squash fries
Hope this post gave you some inspiration or ideas somehow. Id love to hear your own recipes and tips for sticking to a healthy balanced diet.
The main goal is to be happy and healthy and fuel the body correctly so you can always work to your full potential.
Thanks for reading