Foods awarded the ‘super’ status are nutrient dense and provide multiple health benefits, but they’re often expensive.
Sometimes I feel I /my bank account is being punished for trying to lead a healthy, active, bloat free life. However, there are a few tricks and tips for eating superfoods and healthy foods in general on a budget.
I am pretty sure my dad has signed up for loyalty cards with most major supermarkets. Honestly, he was so excited when he found out you could get £10 off a £40 shop at Waitrose and a free cup of tea. Seriously though, they are worth signing up for. I mean we all have to buy food so we might as well get rewarded for it. Those Club/Nectar/Sparks/MyWaitrose card points soon stack up and can be used on items other than food; I got my phone via saved Club Card vouchers.
Supermarkets discount items at the end of the day, around 7pmish. These items are past their display until date but are still 100% fine to eat. Look out for supergreens like kale and spinach, and discounted counter meats. Sometimes there will be nothing but a dodgy fillet of river cobbler (like eating stringy rubber), other times you’ll strike gold and find 2 succulent salmon steaks.
To paraphrase House of Pain: “I came to save a pound, so get out your seats and shop around” ♫
I know this can be highly inconvenient but you could save £££. Sure you can go to Tesco, Sainsburys, Morrisons, Marks & Spenser, Asda or Waitrose, if you’re feeling fancy, but don’t forget about cheaper supermarkets like Aldi and Lidl. I buy coconut oil, flax seed & goji mix, chia seeds, avocados, almond milk (although Alpro is definitely the best flavour wise) and fish from our local Aldi store.
Perhaps try those ‘£10 off your first online shop’ promos. Hunt around and find where your dietary requirements are cheapest, I promise the initial hassle will be worth it when you have more money in the bank.
If things are on ‘special offer’, my father’s favourite term, stock up. Frozen items, canned goods and jars will keep. If you use the item on offer all the time then why not stock up. I think I currently have 3 large bags of salmon fillets in the freeze, about 5 coconut oil jars in the cupboard and a spare 3 packs of evening primrose oil capsules.
Big Wide Web of Savings
Online is generally where you’ll find the best deals for items like superfood/protein powders but please ensure the site you purchase from is legitimate. I have used Bulk (greens powder), Purely (25g sample powders for travel), Protein Works (greens & protein powder), Go Nutrition (gluten free oats) and Ebay (maca, acai and cacao powder).
I used to head to the Holland and Barrett pick and mix section for goji berries but when I was wondering the back streets of Winchester I found a little Chinese store that sold wolf berries, a.k.a goji berries, cheaper. Although most of the packaging was in Chinese, I also discovered that they sold an 8 pack of brown rice noodles for £1.90 (supermarkets sell 4 pack of white for about the same price) and various flours including ‘very low gluten’ flour.
I want to find an Indian food supply shop for cashews and chickpea flour, I swear the price of cashews goes up every damn week and I need my cashew cheese fix!
I hope these tips help. Now go forth and feast like a king on the budget of a peasant. x