01.11.17 Eat, Learn Blog SumoSalad

Australians are falling in love with the health and taste benefits of a flexitarian approach to food where we reduce meat consumption and increase the amount of incredible, natural whole foods in our diet by embracing more fresh fruit and vegetables in our daily diets.

But what about the effect this diet has on your wallet? Eating fresh produce all the time is widely considered to be an expensive exercise, right? Good news for everyone, this common misconception is actually wrong!

Eating healthy, natural food doesn’t need to be expensive. In fact, delicious plant-based meals that are packed with protein, fibre, nutrients and lots of flavour can be super-affordable. With just a little planning and some hot tips from Sumo, you can easily master How To Eat On A Plant-Based Budget:

Do You Even Bulk Bro?
Sometimes more is more, and buying fruit and vegetables in bulk is definitely is an easy way to save money. If you haven’t already taken advantage of this tip, it’s time you jumped on it! The bulk section of your local market or grocer will have beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, and even grains at a much lower cost than buying them in a box or bag. You can buy only what you need, which will save you even more money and keep you from letting items sit in the pantry and going to waste.

Farmer’s Markets Adventures
Farmer’s markets are another way to save money on produce. Often, the produce at these markets was picked the day before, which means they’ll last longer in your kitchen and help reduce wasted food and money. Take advantage of them and stock up items that will store well for months, such as winter squash, potatoes, apples, and onions. You can also buy items to chop and freeze for later use. Pro tip: Head to the market toward the end of the day, and you may snag discounts as vendors pack up their remaining goods.

Frozen Is Fantastic
Don’t neglect frozen foods when you’re trying to eat healthy and on a budget; they’re actually very healthy for you! Frozen greens, berries, and veggies are must-haves for budget-savvy individuals. These items tend to be frozen just hours after harvest so are possibly more nutritious than fresh counterparts that take days or even a week to get to the store. If you buy frozen mixed veggies you can make different soups each week. Just mix them in with some vegan cooking broth, spices, lentils, or canned chickpeas.

Cook In Batches (And Love Leftovers)
A lot of meals can easily be prepared in large batches and enjoyed later like stews and soups. This is much cheaper than buying ready meals and is also convenient. Setting aside one day per week to batch cook your meals can be extremely helpful. Though you will have a few hours of labour up front, you won’t have any planning, prepping, cooking or cleaning up to do for the 5 or 6 days following your batch cook. Then you can just warm dinner up when you get home and have your lunches ready to grab each morning.


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