Nutrition is an integral part of feeling good and living a better, healthier life. And right now, during winter, it is important to maintain a balanced diet to boost your immunity against colds and flu.

However, healthier food can be more expensive, and with many people readjusting to lower household incomes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, setting out to buy only healthier food can be more challenging. Let’s look at some clever ways to save on healthier foods.

1. Buy fruits and vegetables in season

Buy fresh produce that’s in season. Not sure which fruits and vegetables are in season? Have a look at this seasonal fruit and vegetable chart for South Africa.

If you love berries, buy them frozen instead of fresh. Frozen berries will last longer anyway.

2. Make your own breakfast

Skip the sugary instant oat packets and buy a big box of plain oats. Portion out your meals in containers and try flavouring it in different ways using the ingredients you already have at home. Have a look at these healthy breakfast ideas. We’ve included links to some tasty overnight oats recipes.

3. Do your own prep-work

Skip the pre-packaged salad bags and pre-cut veggies. Whole vegetables will also stay fresher for longer. Try these game-changing meal prep tips to help save you time and money.

4. Canned is still good

Swap fresh salmon and tuna for the canned varieties. You’ll still get the benefit of omega 3s without the hefty price tag. Stock up on pantry staples such as tinned tomatoes and beans when they are on special.

5. Buy it whole

Buy a whole chicken or value packs of thighs and legs. Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are usually the most expensive and, let’s face it, the least tasty.

6. Planning is key

Plan your meals for the week, make a grocery list and only buy what’s on the list. This will help you stick to a healthy meal plan and avoid unnecessary spending.

Keep a list of what you have in your fridge, freezer cupboards and poke around before you go shopping. Things may get lost in the back and you might be surprised at what you find and don’t have to buy more of.

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