Fi reckons she saves between $200 – $300 a month on groceries by being part of The Healthy Mummy
Fi’s top tips for meal prepping
Look at all the ingredients that you need to chop and grate and what you can do before or as you go.
Find out how long each meal or snack takes and write an order to cook and prep.
To save time, utilise your stove, and have a few things on the stove at once.
Start with a clean kitchen. This helps me stay focused and not bogged down with clutter.
Clean as you go. Give me more space to work and keeps me focused.
Utilise your equipment. Have stuff in the oven on the stove and slow-cooker if you have one. This saves time by cooking a few recipes at once.
Meal plan around similar ingredients so you can buy in bulk.
Keep it simple. Don’t make it too fancy and run out of time. Plan for the time you have.
Fi’s top tips for keeping to a budget and saving money
Buy in bulk
Shop your pantry and freezer
cook fresh and in-season fruit and vegetables
Write a shopping list
Make recipes with similar ingredients
Advice for other mums with food intolerances
With a family that has so many food intolerances or allergies, Fi knows that it can be hard to cook foods that fit everyone’s needs, especially if you want to meal prep. But she’s found some great ways to help manage this without making a million meals a night.
“My advice for other mums out there with Allergies or intolerances. Having an open mind, not stressing too much and learning what works for me was a massive help,” she says.
“Find similar ingredients that you can eat and substitute that in. For example, if a recipe has cream, I use coconut cream; if it has pasta, I use chickpea pasta. I swap peanut butter for almond butter or cashew spread and swap pumpkin for sweet potato and dairy products for vegan options.”
“The Challenge app is super handy; there are filters that make it convenient to find recipes. It is also handy to find recipes I am able to modify the recipes to suit my needs.”
Fi Redding – “gained so much understanding of my body.”
Fi says: “Following the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenges,I have never felt better. There are so many amazing reasons I love the Healthy Mummy one of them is that they concentrate not just on weight loss but also on how you feel and NSV (non-scale victories).”
“I have gained so much understanding of my body and how it moves, and I have learned to respect and listen to my body. I have gained my fitness back and love to exercise again.”
“After 7 knee operations losing the weight has really helped me reduce pain and flexibility in my knee.”
“I could go on and on all day about it. It’s also great for the whole family. We all eat Healthy Mummy meals and snacks. But most importantly, we love to get out and be active walking or bushwalking together. “
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