People tend to think that fruit and vegetables are expensive which often leads to buying frozen meals. And while a punnet of strawberries is definitely more expensive that a packet of crisps, eating your Five A Day doesn’t have to break the bank.
Here are a few easy tips on how you can budget and still get the daily goodness you need.
If you have a local market near you use it! Fruit and vegetables are often a lot cheaper from your local market stalls and can be bought individually or in bulk.
On your lunch buy an apple and banana instead of reaching for crisps and chocolate. It’ll be a lot cheaper and that’s already two of your Five A Day. You can buy a bag of satsumas or apples for less than £1 and both would last you for at least five lunch snacks.
The benefits of frozen vegetables are that they don’t go out of date so there is no need to worry about wasting money by throwing fresh produce away.
You can still get your Five A Day from frozen veg such as peas and it’s a lot cheaper too. In fact, most frozen fruit and vegetable has a higher vitamin content than fresh products as the goodness is retained better.
If your vegetables are going out of date then cook them into a dish that can be frozen, such as a stew or a curry.
Tins Count Too
It’s quite surprising what you can find your Five A Day in.
If you make a pasta sauce using a tin of chopped tomatoes that contributes to your Five A Day. If you make a chilli using red kidney beans that also counts.
Tins of veg can be as cheap as 30p, so try and base your meals on recipes where you can easily incorporate different kinds of fruit and vegetables.
If you’re going to buy your fruit and vegetables from the supermarket, check out the reduced section for some bargains, or look out for offers such as buy-one-get-one-free.
Another thrifty tip is to compare the price of loose fruit and veg with those that are pre-packaged. Can you believe that loose fruit and veg can be half the price of pre-packaged!