Eating well doesn’t have to be expensive, there are a lot of low-cost health foods to be found at your local stores. Eating well just requires some planning and some time set aside to cook the meals.

1.      Keep an eye out for specials that your weekly supermarket may be having, this can include shops that stock organic produce as sometimes there will be specials on these items as well. It is cost effective to buy in bulk and at some farmer’s markets you will find good deals.

2.      Keep it simple. Some great cost-effective foods include oats, chickpeas, lentils, beans, wholemeal pasta, brown rice, eggs, minced meat and tuna. Inexpensive vegetables include cauliflower, zucchini, carrots, sweet potato and pumpkin.

3.      Check what you already have in the fridge and buy ingredients that can be used with what you have to make meals. Be sure to use what you already have first so that it doesn’t go off.

4.      Make use of your leftovers. Keep them for lunch the next day or freeze them if you don’t plan to eat them during the week.

5.      Make it yourself. You will save a lot more when making items such a nut milks, nut butters, zuchinni noodles and cauliflower rice yourself. They are quick, simple and there are plenty of recipes to show you how.

6.      Grow your own herbs. This is a great way to flavour your food instead of making use of expensively purchased condiments.

7.      When fruit is starting to go off, freeze it and use it for smoothies or desserts. You can even freeze some veggies such as cauliflower, zuchinni and sweet potato which can also be used in smoothies.

8.      Buy seasonal produce. Produce that is in season is better priced than those that have had to be imported.