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Is healthier food more expensive than junk food?

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Is healthier food more expensive than junk food?

There is a common misconception that healthy food is more expensive, but when comparing the price per unit of weight, healthier foods are often cheaper.

We’ve come up with a few, easy tips to make sure you’re enjoying a healthy diet and getting more bang for your buck.

Tip #1 - Canned and Frozen Fruit and veggies

Many people think that canned and frozen fruit and veggies aren’t as healthy as fresh, but, this isn’t the case! Canned and frozen foods can be equally as nutritious and are packaged when they are just ripe, meaning they lock in all the nutrients. Frozen and canned foods are often cheaper compared to their fresh varieties. Plus, these foods will last for ages in your freezer or pantry, making them a great option for when you’re short on time or haven’t been shopping.

***Remember to keep an eye out for the salt content in the canned foods and the added sugar in frozen fruits and veggies. Choose frozen fruit without added sugar and canned fruit in water (rather than sweetened juice or syrup). Also make sure to choose canned vegetables with added salt.

Tip #2 - Plan for meatless meals each week

Meat and fish are among the most expensive items on a shopping list while plant protein often costs less. Pulses (beans, peas and lentils) are nutritious, very cheap and work well in place of meat.

Tip #3 - Check the specials!

An easy way to save money is by checking what’s on special and where. Before you go shopping, hop online and compare prices between major supermarkets. Signing up to rewards programs is another easy way to earn discounts.

Tip #4 - Shop seasonally

Foods that are in season are almost always cheaper! Not only will shopping seasonally save money, it also means added variety to your diet. If you aren’t fussed on what’s in season at a particular time, frozen fruit and veg is another great option! Another great idea for finding cheap produce is your local farmers market!

Tip #5 - Love your legumes

Adding legumes to your meals is a cheap and easy way to spread them out and make them last longer for less. A can of lentils or chickpeas costs less than $1, and can be added to pasta sauces, stir fries, curries and salads - plus, legumes are considered a vegetable and a protein alternative, making them a real superfood!

Tip #6 - Plan ahead

The best way to eat healthy on a budget, is by PLANNING! Work out your grocery budget, what meals and snacks you are having, what ingredients you need, and check online for prices and specials. Then, make a list and stick to it! Planning ahead makes sticking to a budget and a plan way easier!

Tip #7 Learn how to shop effectively

There are many ways to shop for food effectively. Check out this tips to help you shop like a pro:

    • Make a shopping list and stick to it
    • Don’t make the mistake of shopping when you are hungry
    • Look at the price per unit rather than overall price
    • Swap brand names for generic
    • Supermarkets usually promote the items they want you to buy at eye-level, so check the shelves above and below for cheaper alternatives
    • Try to do the shop once a week or fortnight rather than multiple times per week
    • Buy in bulk when things are cheaper
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What is healthy eating?

Eating healthy is making sure you enjoy a wide variety of foods from each of the five major food groups daily, in the amounts recommended. The five major food groups as recommended by the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating are:

  1. vegetables and legumes/bean
  2. fruit
  3. lean meats and poultry, fish, eggs, tofu, nuts and seeds, legumes/beans
  4. grain (cereal) foods, mostly wholegrain and/or high cereal fibre varieties
  5. milk, yoghurt, cheese and/or alternatives, mostly reduced fat.

Foods are grouped together because they provide similar amounts of key nutrients and eating a variety of foods from the list above helps to promote good health and reduce the risk of disease.

How do I improve my diet?

If you want to improve your diet you have come to the right place. By completing the Healthy Eating Quiz you’ll receive instant personalised feedback and a report on your diet quality to highlight any areas where you can improve your overall eating habits. Your score is based on the frequency and variety of the foods consumed from the five major food groups mentioned above. No Money No Time can help you improve your score by providing tips, goals and suggestions. On top of this we will provide quick, cheap and healthy recipes as well as credible answers to diet hacks, myths and FAQ’s.

Is my diet healthy?

Dietary habits are different between people. Some people choose to follow a particular diet (i.e., Keto diet or vegan diet) while some have to make changes due to certain food restrictions or health conditions. If you want to know if what you usually eat is healthy, then do the Healthy Eating Quiz today to give you the answers in less than 10 minutes.

Why is healthy eating important?

Your HEQ score and personalised feedback report is based on the frequency and variety of healthy core foods you usually eat. This is important because no single food contains all the nutrients we need to stay healthy. Some foods are higher in nutrients than others and people who have a lot of variety in the foods they eat are more likely to be healthy and to stay healthy. In other words, if you can eat a large variety of vegetables as opposed to only 2-3 types of vegetables, the benefits are much greater. This type of diet also helps you to feel better, think better and perform better during your usual daily activities.

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