While diet and exercise are both important in enabling you to make progress with your fitness goals, you can’t out-exercise a bad diet. But, let’s be honest, it’s not as simple as it sounds. Buying healthy food ‘on the go’ can often feel like a big expense compared with your typical meal deal.
The issue doesn’t just stop at the price either, the nutrition content of your healthy salad is questionable too. Many of the UK’s best-loved sandwich shops, who shout about their all-natural ingredients list being free from obscure chemicals, additives and preservatives, often find their claims being disputed by ASA and newspaper articles.
Meal Prep Made Easy
So, what’s the solution? Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll have figured out that the answer to these issues is meal prep. Instagram is now full of influencers showing us just how easy it can be to throw together a 15-minute meal, to bring to work the next day. But what these videos often ignore is the supermarket bill that comes with the convenience of throwing together healthy recipes.
Being a little bit smarter about your shopping will show you there are plenty of cheap, nutritious and delicious foods available to you. Here are a few tips to help make your money go further:
- Plan your meals, make a grocery list and don’t go shopping hungry to avoid impulse buys.
- Economy ranges are usually great value and nutritionally there is often little difference to the standard or branded versions.
- Don’t be tempted to buy food you didn’t have on your list just because you see a special offer. The extra may go to waste or mean you are eating more than you have planned.
- Try heading to the supermarket near closing time when reductions will be at their highest.
- If there are special offers on buying extra, you could purchase items that can be kept in the freezer for another time.
- Look for special offers on long shelf-life products like dried pasta, rice and noodles, dried or tinned beans and pulses, tinned tomatoes, passata, tomato concentrate, and cereals. These can be used to bulk up your meals and make them go further.
- Fresh fruit and vegetables can be cheaper if you buy them from the local market rather than supermarkets. Fresh fruit and vegetables in season are often cheaper as well and can taste great!
Following these tips will certainly help reduce your weekly expenditure, but if you’re looking to ramp up your nutrition in line with your training plan, working with a PT could be your next port of call. Most PTs will be happy to give you advice on the types of food you should be eating and meal ideas, some will even provide a nutrition plan for you.