Public Health Minister Anna Soubry claims that you can spot poor children by looking at the size of their waistlines. It may have been a sweeping generalisation, but one fact I do know is that 1 in 7 UK children do not eat breakfast in the mornings. I also know that with planning and time you can eat healthily on a budget.
So I wanted to share my top tips for getting great value fruit and vegetables
Aldi do a Super 6 every fortnight. Six vegetables or fruit that are vastly reduced, this last fortnights were:
Just looking at that list you could make a fab soup with the butternut, parsnips and onions. Today I had an avocado feta and chili quesadilla for lunch. You could make a risotto with the mushrooms and onions and who doesn't love new potatoes. My boys adore roasted parsnips and you can also make parsnip crisps too. Butternut, onions, parsnips and the new potatoes could all be roasted to make a great side dish.
Lidl is also a great source of fresh produce. Cherry Tomatoes are only 59p there this week. In most of the major supermarkets you can pick up a casserole pack for a pound, which contains onion, carrots, parsnip and turnip. All you need to is add meat and some stock and you have a delicious meal. The same goes for soup packs. You do not have to be a great cook as they include all you need plus a method on the pack.
With prices like this there really is no excuse not to eat them.
Eat Seasonally. By eating what is in season, you tend to get the best price. Eat the seasons tells you what foods are currently in season
Eat Locally - Seasonal fruit and veg are much less expensive at my local Greengrocer, plus they get to know you and offer you better deals, for example they know that we make banana bread so give me cheap bananas that are turning. A market works out even cheaper, but we do not have one that is convenient.
Yes I will agree that eating healthily on a budget often takes time, planning and means that I have to be prepared, but I want to encourage my children to eat vegetables and I like all sitting down at the table and eating the same meal.
What are your tips for eating healthily on a budget?