Getting Your 5 a Day on a Budget

fruitHere at The ATRIUM Club we are constantly asked about ways to eat healthily without breaking the bank. So here is a guide to getting your 5 a day on a shoe string budget.

  1. When snacking throughout the day always opt for fresh or dried fruit. These can be half the price of a bar of chocolate & much better for you!
  2. Add a handful of chopped fruit to your cereal – it will make your breakfast much tastier & it will count as one of your 5 per day!
  3. Buy fruit and veg that are in season as they will be cheaper, as well as taking up the buy 1 get 1 free offers!
  4. Always compare the price differences between pre-packed and loose fruit and veg and quite often the loose fruit and veg is much cheaper – and fresher!
  5. If you have local market stalls or a farmers market then you’ll fruit and veg at half the price of your local supermarket and more often than not they are much bigger pieces too!
  6. Vegetables that are close to their use by date save for stews and soups.
  7. When cooking stews, curries, casseroles and soup, do so in bulk and freeze portions for a later date. This will save you time and money.
  8. Canned fruit and veg still counts towards your 5-a-day, so you can stock up on them when the offers are good.
  9. Don’t throw away fruit that is going past its best in your fruit bowl – throw it in a smoothie maker instead, with some natural yoghurt and ice. A much healthier start to the day than coffee!
  10. Variety is the key to life – when you are buying your weekly shop make sure you have a range of colours across your fruit and veg selection, by selecting those that have offers on will make you try something new!