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How To Eat More Fruits & Vegetables On A Budget

As a Nutritionist, I'm always focused on helping clients find ways to eat a more healthier and well-balanced diet. Today, I am sharing some some budget-friendly ways to add more fresh fruit and vegetables to your weekly menu - without spending a fortune. Read my insider tips on how to shop and meal prep with fresh produce to save money while nourishing your body more. Let's go...


How To Eat More Fruits & Vegetables On A Budget  |  Eat Nourish Glow
How To Eat More Fruits & Vegetables On A Budget | Eat Nourish Glow

A diet rich naturally abundant in fresh fruits and vegetables doesn't have to break the bank. In fact, with a little planning and creativity, you can enjoy a wide variety of nutrient-packed produce while staying within your budget. In this article, I'm sharing practical and savvy strategies to help you eat more fruits and vegetables without compromising on taste or your financial goals. Get ready to nourish your body (and save your pocketbook)!

Eat In-Seasonal Produce


Game changer! One of the easiest ways to save money while enjoying plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables is to focus on seasonal produce. Seasonal fruits and veggies are abundant in Australia, and tend to be more affordable compared to the out-of-season or imported options.


Visit your local farmers' markets or grocery stores to discover what's in season in your area and adjust your meal planning and recipes for the season. From juicy mangoes in summer months to hearty root vegetables in the winter, embrace the flavours of each season while keeping your budget on track. Its a great way to eat a variety of meals and recipes without getting stuck consuming the same foods (and vitamins) wall the time.

Shop Farmers' Markets


Farmers' markets are treasure troves of affordable and locally grown and organic produce. Not only does shopping at the markets support family-owned businesses and our local farmers, but at the markets you'll often find competitive prices on the best in-season fruits and vegetables. You can also discover a more vibrant and diverse selection of fresh produce available at farmers' markets than the big change grocery shops. Browse organically grown herbs, heirloom veggies and exotic fruits you'd never find lining the shelves at Coles or Woollies. The markets are also a beautiful, relaxing way to relax on weekends just having a wonder while connecting with your community as you shop.


HOT TIP: Remember to compare prices and ask vendors about discounts for bulk purchases or late-day bargains. You can often barter or strike up deals especially if you become a regular at their stall. Vendors are usually very friendly and offer a wealth of interesting facts about cooking and storing the produce they stock.

Buy Frozen Fruits & Vegetables


Frozen is actually better than fresh! Don't overlook the frozen aisle when it comes to adding more fruits and vegetables into your meals. Frozen fruits and vegetables are typically just as nutritious as fresh ones, if not better. Frozen berries, fruit and vegetables are picked at their peak ripeness and flash-frozen to preserve their goodness. This can often make the frozen goods fresher than the produce lining the front section of the the grocery shop. Moreover, frozen fruit and veggies are typically more affordable and have a longer shelf life, allowing you to stock up with minimize waste. Add frozen fruits and veggies to smoothies, in stir-fries, sauces, soups, or as healthy side dishes.

Plan Meals Around On Sale Items


Stay on the lookout for sales and discounts on fruits and vegetables at your local grocery store. Coles regularly has a section of their freezer with deeply discounted frozen fruit perfect for adding to smoothies or baked desserts. I highly recommend freezer meals and planning your meals around these discounted items to maximise your savings. Get creative and flexible with your meal planning, adapting your recipes and weekly menu to on what's on sale. This is where batch cooking or freezing extras for future is so useful while on a budget and make the most of any deals you find.

Grow Your Own Fruit & Veggies


Got a windowsill, patio or backyard? One of the most cost-effective ways to enjoy fresh, organic produce is by growing your own fruits and vegetables. Whether you have a backyard or just a small balcony, you can start a container garden with herbs, salad greens, tomatoes, or even dwarf fruit trees. Not only will you save money, but you'll also experience the satisfaction of harvesting your own homegrown produce.

Choose Budget-Friendly Recipes


There are countless budget-friendly recipes you can find that make the most of affordable fruits and vegetables. Browse this website for batch cooking, freezer meals, budget-friendly meal ideas, and cookbooks totally dedicated to frugal cooking. Pinterest is another fantastic resource that can provide you with heaps of creative ideas, tips, and techniques to stretch your food budget while still enjoying delicious and nourishing meals.

Meal Prep & Plan Ahead


Minimise food waste to stay on budget. Plan your meals in advance, make a grocery list, and buy in-season, and only what you need unless it can be immediately batch cooked or frozen. Learn how to store your produce properly to extend its shelf life, and repurpose any leftovers into new meals and recipes. A great way to do this is to making nutritious Buddha bowls, hearty vegetable-based soups or wholefood smoothies with slightly overripe fruits and vegetables. By reducing waste, you'll make the most of every penny spent on fruits and vegetables.


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Healthy Eating On A Budget


Eating more fruits and vegetables on a budget is not only achievable but also can be so fun and rewarding. By embracing seasonal produce, shopping smart, and exploring budget-friendly recipes, you can nourish your body with wholesome goodness while keeping your wallet happy.


Get creative, be mindful of sales and discounts, and consider growing your own produce if possible. With a little planning and resourcefulness, you can enjoy a nutritious and budget-friendly diet that supports your health and financial well-being. Here's to eating well without breaking the bank!


Want quick and easy recipes on a budget? Browse my carefully curated meal plans designed specifically for busy individuals like you who want to eat more wholefoods without breaking the bank. All my meal plans take into account affordability, variety, and simplicity, offering you wholesome and delicious recipes with practical tips to make a healthier lifestyle easier than ever. Together, let's make healthy eating on a budget a reality for you!

Here's to nourishing your body, satisfying your taste buds, and embracing a budget-friendly approach to a vibrant and nutritious life!


Healthy + happiness,

Emma Lisa xx

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