Okay so good food, healthy food is not always know for its ease and affordability or for that many family friendly budgeting but, if you can put this stereotyping of the good stuff aside I have a few hints and tips to make it affordable, family friendly and yum.
Firstly, you do NOT need to shop at Coles, Woolworth’s, IGA for everything in fact you can do most of your shopping at places like the affordable whole foods ( https://www.affordablewholefoods.com.au/ ) shop either online of personally where you can pick up bulk items for less than packaged price and as good if not better quality as its generally Australian, or high quality anyways.
With this in mind you can now start to organise your cupboards and have a range of healthy alternatives for yourself, children and guest. Start by thinking about what you can make with the foods you wish to purchase so that you aren’t just getting a pile of ingredients that aren’t appropriate to your needs and also have an idea as to what you and your family like to eat most of the time, this should be your guide to purchasing foods and stop over expenditure or sudden dietary changes.
Be gentle with how and what you wish to change in your lifestyle don’t rush and try to become a full blown vegetarian, vegan or paleo if this is not you if trying these styles of living add them once a week not daily to see how it works.
Now that you have all your whole foods sorted ( nuts, seeds, rice, flour, pasta etc) lets have a look at fruit and vegetables. Just like the above store there are ways to purchase your fruit and vegetables without breaking the bank and thats farmers markets and in season produce from the supermarket. you will recognise in season by the amount on the shelves and the price is usually lower than when out of season. The other option is to plant a couple of your favourite fruit vegetable staples in your own yard, balcony etc. Eating in season is also better for your body and then nutritional benefits are higher as its ripe now.
Now the last staple is meats, this is just as easy especially for those in the cities, go for the fish markets for your seafoods, it’s fresh, cheaper than the supermarkets and can be filleted your way. red meats find a farm butcher, they are there ask around or check the internet, they also have delivery services to some areas.
So there you have it, you can be nutritionally balanced, enjoy great tasting foo and live within a really great budget. I have a family of six to feed and do this every few weeks so for the most my fortnightly budget is $300 and every 8 weeks it may go to $400 when I am running low on cleaners and a few standard essentials.
I have added a few links to the page to help take the searching out for you. enjoy your new budget friendly lifestyles.
I do shop at the Affordable whole foods store in Coffs Harbour but we have local fruit, vegetables and meat services.
https://www.affordablewholefoods.com.au/ ( Highly Recommend this shop)
“This is where I get all my products to feed our family of 6 minus fruit and vege, and any meat we need. I get asked all the time how I stay in a much smaller budget well here is the answer I buy bulk and cook for my family, I don’t buy takeaway, or alot of packaged foods e.g cheese three ways just the block.
This recipe is from the Affordable wholefoods website and tastes AMAZING 🙂
BASIL & MACADAMIA NUT PESTO
1 clove garlic crushed
1/4 cup raw macadamia nuts
1 cup basil leaves
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons olive oil
pinch of Celtic salt
1 teaspoon of savoury yeast flakes
- In a food processor pulse the garlic and macadamia nuts until mixed.
- Add the basil leaves and Parmesan cheese and blend again until you have an even consistency (don’t overdo it)
- Add the olive oil and Celtic salt and pulse for another 10 -15 seconds
- Serve into a bowl and sprinkle with nutritional yeast flakes
Pesto is such a personal experience and you can mix it up in so many ways. Experimenting with using different herbs, nuts and seeds is a great way to do this.
We recommend with this recipe replacing the basil with parsley, or to make a wetter pesto, to add more olive oil to the mix. Enjoy!
Gluten Free | Sugar Free