how to continue to eat healthy?

Despite the general rise in prices, do you want to continue to eat well? Here are our tips for eating healthy on a tight budget.

Gasoline, energy, food… Theinflation affects all sectors of the economy and affects our purchasing power. You can still keep eating healthy by following our few tips!

Eating healthy despite rising prices: how to do it?

A report by the IRI shows that the price increase, in April 2022, reached almost 3%, all categories combined. Inflation particularly affects certain food categories, such as pasta (+15%), flour or oil (+10%). How to continue shopping without cutting corners quality of our food ? Here are 5 tips.

Tip n°1: reduce your consumption of meat and fish

As we know, meat and fish are particularly expensive foods. They are not spared by the price increase : frozen meats, for example, have experienced a price increase of more than 11% in one year, according to the IRI(1) study. For your wallet, but also for your health and for the planet, we remind you: animal protein in a meal, it is not automatic! Consume it 2 to 3 times a week; the rest of the time, think of eggs, vegetable proteins (soya) and legumes (lentils, chickpeas, etc.).

Food prices have risen sharply ©Denys Kurbatov

You will be able to keep your budget to buy a good piece of meat or fishquality, once in a while.

Tip n°2: fewer prepared meals

Do you think you will save time with ready meals ? A false good idea, since these dishes are often very expensive per kilo, and of poor quality. Prefer raw products, which you cook yourself. Many preparations are very quick to make, and delicious! Think about the semolinain the form of tabbouleh or couscous, with Coral lentils (dal), soups, and of course pasta which remain economical and quick to carry out.

The raw productsin bulk, can be bought organic without breaking the bank: you will gain in quality while gaining purchasing power.

Tip n°3: hunt for waste

Whether at home, in your fridge or cupboards, or in the supermarket, avoid throwing our precious food! At home, take inventory of your pantry to avoid missing expiration dates. For dry products, the BBD (Best Before Date) can be exceeded by a few days, even weeks, without risk to your health! Also, don’t be afraid of slightly damaged vegetables or withered, which are still quite edible.

wasteful inflation

Buy downgraded fruits and process them ©Azovsky

At the supermarket, at the greengrocer or in the organic stores, take a tour of the anti-waste shelves : you can often find very interesting deals there. Many merchants sell off their foods whose use-by-date is close, or damaged products. A very good way to continue to be able to buy fruit and vegetables, which are rather expensive in normal times! You can also make jam with slightly damaged fruit, coulis with very ripe tomatoes, ratatouille…

Tip n°4: more food budget

And if you cut corners on other expenditure items than food? In 1960, food accounted for a third of the household budget. Today, it only represents around 15%. For continue to buy quality products, it is time to make concessions on other non-essential positions. Which, by the way, will not impact your well-being or your carbon footprint, quite the contrary!

So, think well before a high-tech purchase or hobbies: do you really need it? If so, turn to refurbished products instead. Ditto for clothes: avoid compulsive purchases and buy second-hand insteadin thrift stores or at garage sales.

You will thus be able to free up part of your budget which you can devote to food!

Tip #5: do it yourself, from seed to plate

How eat high quality products without spending too much ? The solution is in your home! The best way to eat good fruits and vegetables for -almost- nothing is tohave a soupr. You will be able to grow good fruits and vegetables, super fresh and full of vitamins, rather than buying them. During the summer period, start processing, so you can make preserves and jars for winter. Same thing for breeding: invest inpurchase of a few laying hens who will provide you with fresh eggs and meat in exchange for your peelings and a little grain; return on investment guaranteed!

You do not have no garden ? You can also grow aromatic herbs and mini-vegetables on your balcony or in your kitchen. Think of pots of cherry tomatoes: it’s time to buy a plant: you will benefit from cherry tomatoes for a healthy, economical and stunning aperitif ! Pots of basil or parsley can also enhance, cheapera basic pasta dish.

Same advice for many everyday products: you can make your own bread, yoghurts or biscuits. For lower than retail prices, you can consume quality products. The only problem: once you get your hands dirty, it will be hard to stop!

Banner illustration: continue to eat well despite rising prices © Maxx-Studio

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