Don’t get me wrong, I adore the hype that surrounds the health and wellness industry at the moment! It’s incredible to see so many beautiful people sharing their stories and inspiring others with their tips and recipes, BUT… ( and it’s a big but 😉 )
…I totally understand how all this buzz about superfoods can alienate ordinary people and scare them away from trying to be healthy!
Instagram in particular, whilst being a wealth of inspiration and knowledge, is alive with superfoods. There’s Maca, Cacao, Lucuma, Goji berries, Matcha, Quinoa, Acai, and the list goes on. Are you lost yet? Don’t panic! Even WordPress didn’t understand any of these words and underlined them with little red squiggles.
So, I’m here to show you that you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg on superfoods, or eat exotic plants from the rainforest to achieve a healthy lifestyle!
Stocking up on wholesome staple foods is an awesome place to start. These are some basics that I have in my food cupboard no matter what:
- Oats – an incredible source of carbs and protein which will fuel you up. And do you what’s even better? 1kg of basic oats will cost you 75p! Make them with water, a bit of cinnamon, and some yummy toppings and voila!
- Chickpeas – at a whopping 45p these bad boys can literally be added to anything, to add volume and a serious hit of nutrients.
- Brown pasta – okay so this may not be as cheap as the 18p white spaghetti, but… It’s a great source of complex carbohydrates, and the smaller quantities of refined white sugar and chemicals is always a bonus.
My next tip to stay healthy on a budget is to fill over half your basket with fruit and veggies. If you need a little inspiration try to find something of every colour and pop it in your basket. Banana’s, Carrots, Sweetcorn, Beetroot, Green Apples. And go for double with cheap, delicious greens like Kale and Spinach which literally cost £1 in pretty much every supermarket.
I will say this however… Stay away from all the pre-cut, excessively packaged veggies! Why would you want to pay more for something that’s been played around with by machines and cut into sci-fi cubes? The environment will love you too!
Another tip, and I know this is slightly controversial, but buying less dairy, or cutting it out all together will do you and your wallet the world of good! It’s so expensive and nowadays they pump those poor cows with so many hormones which get passed straight onto us. As much as I am not a vegan, I cannot support the dairy industry and the corruption which fuels it!
This leads me perfectly onto meat, fish and eggs. Having saved a tonne on all our other staples this is the part where we really should be investing a little more money. It’s so important to try and buy organic, high quality meat and eggs. It’s better for the animals, for the environment, and your body! I’m on a student budget so all this means is that I buy a little less meat per week, but higher quality. There’s really no need to eat half a cow. And surprise surprise I am yet to pass out from lack of protein or develop and iron deficiency!
I hope that some of my little rambles can help you to see that being healthy is really not as intimidating, or impossible, as it might first seem when you look at the perfectly put together dishes of Instagram.
Go get some veggies and feel like a boss!
Lots of love,