Healthy food provides us with the ability to cope well with daily life and activities; it promotes a general sense of wellbeing and reduces the risk of health issues.
Shopping and cooking on a budget does not have to mean plain and bland foods or only buying the generic supermarket brands. Using a variety of foods for health and wellbeing can be achieved.
The Australian Dietary Guidelines 1-5 state:
- Achieve and maintain a healthy weight, by being physically active and choose amounts of nutritious foods and drinks to meet your energy needs
- Enjoy a wide variety of nutritious food from these five food groups everyday : Fruit, vegetables, grain, lean meats and poultry, milk and yoghurt)
- Limit intake of foods containing saturated fat, added salt, added sugars and alcohol
- Encourage, support and promote breastfeeding
- Care for your food, prepare and store it safely
Budget Meals Planning
- Plan your meals for the week (use a variety of foods)
- Use foods that are in season as these will be less expensive
- Write a shopping list, that helps you shop for your planned meals, buying all you need to cook those meals
- If you cook a little more during the week, it can be stored in a safe, sealed container and placed in the freezer for a quick mid-week meal
- Shop at Community Food Co-ops like Foodbank SA or Community Food SA, for more affordable groceries