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10 budget foods to store in your pantry for quick, nutritious meals

Grab these ten great value foods to give your pantry, and your meals, a quick and nutritious boost!

Meal prepping is the key to a happier, healthier lifestyle. If you follow these tips, your pantry and kitchen will be stocked and ready to prep like a pro!

10 budget foods to store in your pantry for quick, nutritious meals

10 foods to keep in your pantry for low-cost, nutritious, no fuss meals

1. Canned fish

Top 10 budget busters for your food shop

Choose brine or freshwater versions of salmon or tuna, and add to green salad, frittata or pasta sauce for a good dose of Omega 3 fatty acids, heart healthy nutrients and protein.

Try Family Friendly Healthy Tuna Mornay – Get the recipe here

2. Brown rice 

Choose this over white rice, as it has a better fibre load to help your digestive season.

Try Budget-Friendly Roast Chicken and Brown Rice Salad – Get the recipe here

3. Eggs

Sooo good for you; with protein, heart healthy fat and only 70 calories each. Use them in omelettes, scramble them or bake them in frittata.

Try Foolproof  Spinach and Feta Fritata – Get the recipe here

4. Sweet potato

Top 10 budget busters for your food shop

Packed full of fibre, and beta carotene, they are thought to be one of the most nutritious foods around.

Mash with garlic and milk, or bake with paprika or cinnamon for a yum potato chip style snack.

Try Sweet Potato and Pesto Rice Salad – Get the recipe here

5. Bananas

Top 10 budget busters for your food shop

The fastest of food – even come in their own packaging! They’re sweet but not jammed full of calories, and full of potassium, vitamins and minerals.

Try Banana and Caramel Sauce with Yoghurt – recipe available on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge

6. Tinned tomatoes

Cooked tomatoes contain lycopene, which is a powerful antioxidant – plus loads of vitamins A and C.

Combine them with tinned fish, fresh veggies and wholemeal pasta for a fast, easy and healthy dinner option.

Try Tomato and Chick Pea Bake – Get the recipe here

7. Lentils

Buy them dried or ready-cooked in tins, depending on how you want to use them.

They are low in fat, super filling, packed with protein and other vitamins and are supremely versatile.

Pop them in curries, fry them with onions or whiz them up to make tasty and filling dips and spreads.

Try Budget-Friendly Lentil Shepherds Pie – Get the recipe here

8. Tinned beans

Beans of all varieties are packed with fibre and protein, so they’re super filling.

Being low on the glycaemic index means they release energy slowly over a period of time, keeping you fuller for longer.

Mash beans as an alternative to mashed potatoes, toss them into salads, cook them in soups or stews, add them to mince and stir them into casseroles.

Try Healthy Homemade Baked Beans – Get the recipe here

9. Wholemeal pasta

Contains three times the fibre of any other pasta – so fills you up faster and keeps you fuller for longer, so you can eat less and still feel full, therefore helping you to lose weight.

Try Wholemeal Pasta Chicken and Veggie Salad – Recipe available on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge

10. Frozen berries

Coconut Yoghurt and Berries

Low in fat and calories; you can eat them cooked or uncooked, put them into cereals, desserts, smoothies or salads or blend them up and make ice-blocks for a sweet, icy treat.

Try these Blueberry bites-  just 54 cals! Get the recipe here

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