With programmes like BBC's Clean Eating's Dirty Secrets (presented by vlogger Grace Victory) zeroing in on the costly and potentially obsessive side of the clean eating trend that's taken social media by storm, it's clear that what we put into our bodies has been under more scrutiny than ever before.
With hoards of men and women singing clean eating's praises and some individuals labelling it a "fad diet", the truth is that there are many households who've been practising clean eating via healthy, homemade dishes free from refined sugar and processed ingredients for years.
For anyone interested in making tasty and nutritious meals at home - #sorrynotsorry but picky eaters and practitioners of the Beige Food Diet need not read onwards - check out our tips below for how to save money on your weekly food shop...
- Head to the International Foods aisle at your local supermarket and you're likely to find 1-2kg bags of unsalted nuts, pulses (lentils, beans, peas etc.), and rice that's considerably cheaper than if you were to buy Waitrose LOVE Life Organic Almonds, Merchant Gourmet Puy Lentils, or Uncle Bens Wholegrain Rice. Imported items such as tofu can also be found much cheaper at a Chinese or Asian supermarket.
- A huge part of clean eating is incorporating a healthy dose of fruits and vegetables into one's daily diet. Jokingly labelling salads "rabbit food" gets one nowhere and is counterproductive to all Beige Food Dieters looking to wean themselves off of eating nothing but bread and meat. Given that you'll need to eat more in order to feel full, buying fruit and veg from market stalls can lower your costs.
Eg. Often you'll be able to take home a giant bowl of courgettes or bananas for £1. If you live out in the 'burbs and market stalls are scarce, opt for shopping at Iceland, Aldi, or even Lidl and stock up on frozen items (they DON'T lose nutritional value if frozen) which can be roasted or defrosted to add into salads along with jarred Olives, salmon trimmings (Tesco has sold this for years) or croutons to bulk up your meal.
3) Stop spending money on smoothies from Joe & The Juice, Crussh, or even the supermarket where one can easily pick up litre cartons of Innocent smoothies. As delicious as they are, if you're big on smoothies and juices the wise thing to do is save up and invest in a Nutribullet or other juicer/smoothie maker.
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