We can all eat well by buying seasonally economic healthy foods as easier on the wallet. Then we just need recipes…
I discussed 10 healthy foods in my last post but I needed to write a follow-up to address buying healthy foods economically. Although nowadays we have a wide range of fresh foods year round there is economic sense in buying seasonal fruit and vegetables.
Economic Healthy Foods – buy seasonally
I have lived in the northern and southern hemisphere, I appreciate the variation of seasonal goods. In England I looked forward to new potatoes in June, strawberries in June/July and the September apples, pears, plums and sloes. Don’t get me started on my sloe gin recipe!
Now in Sydney the summer fruits are in over Christmas and the vegetables in July are leeks, green beans, sweetcorn, squash with July’s winter fruit range of rhubarb, apple and pears. Go to seasonal food guide to check what’s in the markets where you live.
Economic Healthy Foods – be aware
Healthy fresh ingredients can stretch a budget. The key to eating well and eating healthily is eating seasonal fruit and vegetables as lower in price.
I realise now that I have to make my Sydney lime marmalade in February because the price per Kg was not halved but quartered. A real cost consideration or you can grow your own!
My lime crop
Economic Healthy Foods – pay attention
Maybe I struggle with remembering seasonal fruit and vegetables because I’m an immigrant to Australia but paying attention to prices makes a substantial difference to my weekly budget. When I reviewed 10 healthy foods it would be remiss not to post that eating healthily can be more expensive so I have a few suggestions:
- Form a collective – where a group of families pool their fruit and vegetable allowance and take it in turns to visit the local markets. Buying in bulk and splitting the quantity can be extremely economic. It does mean you have to be inventive if eggplant is in season but it’s all fun eating.
- Do your homework. Know what is in season and look up recipes before you find yourself clueless in the vegetable aisle.
- Shop around. In Singapore Chia seeds were $41 for 500g where in Sydney I bought 1.5 kg for $14.99. Eat Chia pudding in Sydney!
- Remember potatoes, pasta, rice, bread and cereal can be cheaper but not ideal for your waist and hips especially if any immobility.
- Look what’s on special. It may take some inventive cooking with a tasty salad.
- Cooking with seasonal fresh ingredients is delicious, economic and healthier as no hidden sugars that reside in processed foods, tins and packets.
- As a carer I aim to produce the best diet possible for Emily and the family. A little preparation regarding healthy meals means everyone’s can maintain their optimum weight with interesting variations plus a multitude of vitamins and minerals.
My ultimate message remains the same – cook with fresh foods, choose economic healthy seasonal ingredients and eat in moderation. Remember a diet after spinal cord injury (especially quadriplegia) shouldn’t exceed 1200 calories/ 5000 kilojoules a day which is why lots of fruit and vegetables are so important. Eat well, eat healthy
The family relies on my enthusiasm and focus. Inspiring interest in a healthy diet is essential because nutritional foods are pivotal to everyone’s health and wellbeing, but particularly important in Emily’s recovery program.
Next post – Carrot, pistachio and coconut bread recipe….