If you’re single, you may find that eating out seems like an easy and practical thing to do, rather than going through the time-consuming and unnecessarily expensive ritual of cooking a meal just for one person! However, with a few smart tips, you can eat healthy food at home without breaking the bank.
1. Compare Prices
Before you decide to pop groceries into your basket, check out pricing options and compare where you’re getting the most bang for your buck. Online portals have great deals, and your local supermarket will usually have offers running as well. Spend 10-15 minutes on research before you decide what to pick up from where.
2. Eat Local Produce
Instead of associating healthy food with expensive items like avocados and kale, turn to sustainable, local and more easily available fruits, vegetables, pulses and whole grains. Indian cuisine is replete in healthy ingredients that are apt for our body types and climate. Try and eat seasonal foods, as they tend to be even cheaper and just as nutritious, if not more. Include eggs and locally-sourced seafood or freshwater fish in your diet as well.
3. Plan Your Meals
The easiest thing to do is to spend 20 minutes at the beginning of the week planning your meals. This way, you’ll be able to shop sensibly, without the headache of worrying about leftovers and throwing away food. You’ll also be able to maximise your time; for instance, pre-prepping everything you need, or creating foods in batches.