Hello everyone, hope you are having a wonderful weekend. It’s been another working weekend for me. But, it’s ok as I’m going to be treating Monday like Sunday again…yay!
About 2 weeks ago Alfie and I went out window shopping for a new bed for our room. Whilst out I snapped a pic of my outfit for an OOTD, but forgot to feature it in a post for some reason. Well here it is…better later than never, eh?
OTTD: stripe knitted dress, Topshop//leather biker jacket, ASOS//fairisle snood, Accessorize//leggings, H&M//Chelsea boots, ASOS//Hamilton Tote, Michael Kors.
I love my little biker jacket and really enjoy mixing up prints like fairisle and stripes.
Yesterday morning I woke up pretty early to get ready for work. For breakfast I made two scrambled free range eggs with a half an avocado.
Although the portions look quite small this was surprisingly super filling. I was full for hours, proof that healthy fats and protein are more satisfying than eating empty calories. This got me thinking about the true cost of healthy living. There seems to be a major issue over maintaining a healthy diet means huge grocery bills. To prove a point the avocado was 70p and the box of free range eggs was £1 for 6.
Later in the morning I got in some more healthy fats in the form of some hazelnuts:
This bag only cost me a £1 from Sainsbury’s, so I got more bang for my buck compared to eating a Mars bar or something and with the nutritional value to boot. I know for some eating healthy can seem expensive, but there are some real healthy bargains out there if you look in the right places.
Lunch was pretty simple and included half a baked sweet potato with organic spinach, organic plain natural yoghurt topped with organic honey and pecan nuts.
Now let’s talk money! The cost of 3 very large sweet potatoes was £1.54, a bag of organic spinach £1.50 (200g), organic yoghurt £1.50 (500g), organic honey £2.89 (340g), bag of mammoth pecans £1.65 (90g).
In the afternoon I snacked on a couple of apples which cost £1.80 for a bag of 6.
For dinner I was craving something comforting so made a Caribbean beef stew served with steamed carrots and cauliflower florets.
I don’t usually eat beef but this was delicious. The Caribbean twist on the stew made it extra special. I think this one has to be a recipe for the blog.
The organic beef was £4 for (350g I think!!), the cauliflower was reduced to 86p and the bag of carrots was £1. All the other ingredients were already in my store cupboard.
Dessert was a lovely bowl of frozen cherries topped with some yummy coconut cream and a treat of left over Christmas chocolates:
The cost of the bag of frozen cherries is £2.69 (480g), tin of coconut milk £1 and the honey as before. A cheap and delicious dessert!
Overall I think there are many misconceptions where healthy eating is concerned and a lot of it comes down to a lack of education on this topic, especially where costs are concerned. This perception isn’t helped by the fact that the supermarkets constantly have promotional offers on all of the processed and unhealthy food.
Being healthy doesn’t mean that you have to spend lots of money on organic produce or superfood powders. Personally I love adding macca etc. to my smoothies as I really feel the added benefits and only buy organic produce when it’s on offer or when the budget allows. However, neither are essential for a healthy diet. In recent months I have cut down on the amount of superfoods I buy just because I had other priorities where my money was concerned. Simply by eating lots of fruit and vegetables, lean meat and wholegrains you can lead a super healthy life without blowing the food budget.
It really saddens me that some people feel that they cannot afford to lead a healthy diet, hopefully this misconception will be turned around soon.
What is your take on the cost of healthy living?
Do you think a lack of education is the reason behind so many misconceptions regarding the cost of a healthy diet?