I’ve had loads of people asking me how I manage to keep healthy, track my macronutrients and cook clean food whilst in my first year at university. So, I’ve decided to start a mini blog series called ‘Healthy eating on a budget!’
I’ve realised that a lot of people seem to think that in order for you to eat clean and nutritious food, you have to spend heaps of money. But, believe me thats not true. Last semester I managed to live off around £30 worth of food a week – not by choice I should add, more due to some excessive spending habits… but that’s for another day👀
Here are some of my tips that I use to keep a healthy, nutritious diet, whilst still having money left over for your weekend treats! 🍹🍸
TIP 1 – FROZEN FOOD – I cannot stress how fab frozen food is. Literally, frozen veg, fruit, meat… It’s all so much cheaper, and sooo much easier to store and keep! Not only that, if you have food left over from a meal, just freeze and reheat! Saves time and also, stops you from throwing out the leftovers.
I’ve put a cheeky comparison, to show you how easy it is to save money through buying frozen veg/fruit!
500g Morrisons frozen summer fruit = £2
150g Morrisons raspberries = £2
You get a lot more for your money through using frozen! PLUS, frozen fruit is perfect for smoothies/sorbet, as it makes it a lot thicker and creeeaaaamier 😛
TIP 2 – PREP YOUR FOOD – Regardless of whether you’re into the fitness lifestyle or not, prepping your food helps you to monitor what your eating, and how much your spending! Not only that, but it saves sooo much time! Especially if you have a busy lifestyle, being able to just grab something and re heat it is a lot easier.
For example, every Sunday night I’ll meal prep, but only for my lunches. As this tends to be the around the time I’m most busy. I’ll grill a load of chicken, cook some veg and quinoa, and pack it into tupperware with some spinach. Then all I have to do is put it in the microwave for a few mins!! It stops you from thinking ‘I can’t be bothered to cook, I’ll just go buy myself something’. It takes a bit of time on the Sunday evening, but it’s worth it in the long run!
TIP 3 – BUY SUPERMARKET OWN BRAND PRODUCTS – Erggggh, nothing stresses me more than when people refuse to buy own brand food! It’s so much cheaper, and most of it still has great nutritional value. I’ve put a few examples in, but will write a bit more on this in the future!
- M Savers Dark Chocolate 100 g – 30p
Nutritional Info per 100g: 517kcal , 28g – fat , 57.7 – carbs, 5.2g – protein
- Cadbury Bournville 180g – £1.92
Nutritional Info per 100g: 530 kcals, 29g fat, 59.5 – carbs, 5.5g protein
Not only does it work out lower in price, but also lower in calories, fat and carbs! P.S. Dark chocolate is good for you.. trust me. So yeah! Make sure you check out some of the home brand stuff of major chain supermarkets, such as ‘NuMe’ at Morrisons.
I really hope that this helps, and hopefully shows that you DON’T have to break the bank to eat good food! xox
Love, Anna xx
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