With the rising cost of living even get fit and healthy can seem like it’s not possible with a tight budget, but if you’re feeling ready and determined to lose weight but worried about the REAL cost to eating healthily, then fear not!
Just ask these real mums, how they did it and check out their amazing stories below.
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Mum-of-two Cassie says when she first started following The Healthy Mummy plans she made slow changes.
“There were a lot of different ingredients involved in the recipes that I didn’t normally buy,” she says.
“To avoid blowing out our weekly shopping budget I looked for recipes on The Healthy Mummy app that used the same or very similar ingredients.
“Also, another money saver is to workout at home. The app workouts are amazing. You can use bottled water or cans of soup as weights or do lots of walking.”
Even three years later, Cassie still sticks to a budget.
“I will make two or three snacks for the week, and I make meals that use similar ingredients. My freezer has also become my best friend,” she says.
“I stock up on things like fruit and vegetables, meat and wraps when they are on special. I will also make double batches of pasta sauces and have them in the freezer ready to go.”
What’s more, she has also started growing things in her veggie garden, things that she uses a lot like onions, garlic, rocket, carrots and spinach.
“I will also adjust recipes some recipes to save money. If chicken thighs are cheaper then I will use them instead of breast,” she says.
“If you have time, shop around. It’s all about making it work for you and your family. I LOVE The Healthy Mummy app – it has saved me money and helped me lose the weight!”
Cassie is a mum of three and she says she didn’t have money for gym membership, so would walk every day and use The Healthy Mummy app workouts.
“This then turned into running until eventually I was running 5-10km day. I would also make big batches of meals and freeze whole meals ready for the family the following week,” she says.
“I would also change up . For example, if it called for beans I would change to peas because it was a cheaper alternative.”
Kirsty is a mum-of-five based in South Australia and she says, I was pretty strapped for cash and my hubby wasn’t keen on spending heaps of money on weight loss ideas and I am so glad I found The Healthy Mummy.
“One of the biggest ways we have saved money as a family is simply stop buying take out and coffees.”
More specifically, how much will it REALLY cost to eat healthily, see awesome weight loss results and grocery shop.The good news is – with help from The Healthy Mummy – you can lose weight, tone up, grocery shop for the entire family and actually SAVE DOLLARS (Need proof?
To get you started, here are TEN easy tips to follow to ensure you can enjoy budget-friendly, healthy meals.
Just because your meal plan offers different meals and a variety of snacks each and every day, that doesn’t mean that you have to cook them ALL!
For instance, on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge we provide our mums with a new meal plan each week loaded with different snack ideas and main meals for every day of the week. This is because we want to give our mums a variety of options to suit tastes, seasons and budgets (while seeing awesome weight loss results).
But if you want to cook something for dinner and then have it the next day for lunch, that will save you time and money.
If you know you’re going to cook up something like Bolognese or Chilli con Carne, plan ahead to make a big batch and reuse it. For instance you could make it into nachos, a pie or a wrap for the next night’s meal. Same goes with sides like quinoa – serve it with your dinner and then use leftovers to make porridge in the morning.
Don’t go making a new morning and afternoon tea each day. Choose a couple of options to make on Sunday to enjoy for the rest of the week. For instance you might make some bliss balls, some dip to enjoy with chopped carrots, and some healthy slice.
It’s important not to overextend yourself on days or weeks that you know you’ll be busy. So if you have to work late or the kids have activities on a Tuesday afternoon, factor that in so that you have a pre-prepped meal or something easy for dinner that night.
A café style muffin or bliss ball seems like a quick option when you’re getting your caffeine fix, but crunch the numbers. It’s probably around $3-4 for a muffin and maybe $3 for a bliss ball.
Check out the ‘cost per serve’ information on all of our budget recipes and you’ll soon see how much more you’ll have in your wallet at the end of the month (plus being homemade means they’re a LOT healthier). Try these recipes to make 140 healthy snacks
We all have items we buy all the time, so look out for special offers. For instance if your family love blueberries you can stock up when they’re on offer and pop them in the freezer to use later (they thaw very quickly, or can be used frozen in a smoothie). If you have pantry space, stock up on things like tinned tomatoes or legumes when they’re at a good price.
Just because your meal plan calls for fresh prawns, doesn’t mean you can’t use something else. Swap them for some chicken breast or thinly diced beef if you prefer (or if it’s cheaper). Same goes for things like fruit or nuts, most of our recipes are very adaptable to suit most other options.
Try our Beef, broccoli and pineapple stir fry it’s a fave with our mums.
If you want to save your pennies you might want to avoid certain ingredients and use alternatives instead. For instance you might use dried basil instead of fresh in a marinade, or tinned tomatoes instead of fresh in a pasta sauce. Frozen fruit is often a lot cheaper than fresh too (think raspberries and mangoes especially).
If you have the space (even one pot!) try growing some fresh herbs and salad leaves at home. Parsley is really easy to grow, and when you buy a bunch at the supermarket you could be paying around $14 per kilo. You could also try growing cherry tomatoes, chives, rocket and chillis – these work even in small spaces.
As part of the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge you’ll be able to download your own customised shopping list to take to the supermarket with you. Take this along and remember the golden rule NEVER SHOP WHEN HUNGRY and you’ll be well on your way to filling your trolley with healthy goodies to help you lose weight.
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