10 Tips for healthy eating on a budget

To celebrate our partnership with Roost we're sharing some easy tips for healthy eating on a budget.

Following a healthy diet doesn’t have to break the bank. With some planning and reorganisation, eating healthy can be cost effective and timesaving. Eating habits and spending habits can often go hand-in-hand.

Both are often done mindlessly and impulsively. At the end of the month, we’ve overspent on access, the bank account is empty, and your clothes are tighter. With a few practical tips, and tweaks to your routine, you will see an improvement in the health of your body and bank balance in no time.

Plan your meals for the week in advance

Spend a half an hour on the weekend to decide what you will each for dinner Monday to Friday. Create a shopping list of the exact ingredients you will need and avoid buying extra unnecessary items.

Do your shopping online

Impulse buying is expensive. Pre-plan your meals and create your shopping list to avoid buying the things you don’t need.

Avoid the pre-packaged items and cook from scratch more

A 500g bag of organic brown basmati rice is £2.00 which will make 8-10 servings. Uncle Ben’s Special Golden Rice, 250g is £1.70, with 2 servings. Buying raw or unprocessed ingredients instead of pre-cut, pre-made and pre-jarred items will also lower your intake of sodium, refined sugar, additives and preservatives.

Buy cheaper cuts of meat and cook them slowly

Consider minced beef, stewing beef, chicken thighs, beef brisket. Cooked in a slow cooker these are delicious and making a huge comeback on the barbecue scene.

Batch cook & freeze portions

When cooking, double the portions and make planned leftovers. You can either save cooking another night or take it for lunch to cut down on daytime spending. Also, it can be more economical with fresh vegetables, so they don’t go off and give wastage.

Pack some lunches instead of eating out daily

Enjoy treats only on certain days and stay on your budget. Make use of the batch cooking above for work lunches. Impulse buying at the counter when hungry quickly adds up the calories and the pounds.

Budget for your eating out

Include your coffee and lunches out into your weekly budget to account for spending. Eating out doesn’t have to throw your healthy eating off the rails. Find your closest Roost to stay on track and on budget with a Roost Jar in your HyperJar account.

Meatless meals

Considering adding some vegan and vegetarian meals with lentils, beans and pulses to cut down on expensive meat. Increasing your both vegetables and meatless protein sources is excellent for your gut-health and can positively impact your immunity.

Buy frozen instead of fresh

Buying frozen helps cut down on wastage when fresh food spoils, you can take out exactly the amount you need, it’s already chopped and ready to use, and often the nutritional quality is better than fresh. Frozen vegetables are frozen within hours of being picked. Many of a vegetable’s important nutrients begin to diminish immediately after picking. But when immediately frozen they are preserved. Fresh vegetables from the supermarket can often sit in warehouses and on shelves for 4-6 weeks after picking before purchase.

Loyalty Schemes

Always make use of loyalty schemes, discount codes and coupons to make your money go farther. Whether it is money off codes, rewards for money on, or special offer incentives, this is a great way to make your money go farther to eat better. Check out Roost’s offer with HyperJar for a start.

Enjoy a mouth-watering 4.8% annual growth rate when you spend with Roost or any of our other shopping partners, including some of the nation's favourite brands, only on HyperJar. HyperJar is a jam-jar budgeting app that makes it easy to organise your money and save where you spend. Head to the homepage or download the HyperJar app from the AppStore or Google Play to discover how.