How Does Your Family Food Shop Compare?
This week, we hear from Patty, my go-to girl for healthy, inexpensive meal ideas for the whole family...
When Lauren asked us ladies to blog about what we do and why, my brain screamed, my heart raced and my palms sweated. I had so many mixed emotions as my ideas have been there for years but I have not been sharing them for very long. What I’m about is living a healthy, realistic lifestyle and doing it within your means. I follow people like Natasha Corrett and Madeleine Shaw who are fantastic health idols and great mothers but it can be said their target market are the “Kensington Mums” and as much as the glamour, high pixels, large kitchens and fantastic equipment has us all hooked, it actually doesn’t always relate. Yes our kids go through fussy stages, they’re forever “picky eaters” but as my mum always said, eat what you're given or don’t eat. Though I do take note from this, I don’t let my little one starve but I do not make her a special separate meal as, let’s face it, who has time for that and exactly when does that stop?! So I’m about making healthy foods for the whole family. I want my family to eat well, including my guests. I don’t diet as I don’t believe in them but I do believe in changing the mindset and finding alternatives to wet that whistle!
Does that mean I have to shop in Planet Organic or Waitrose to find these foods?? No!! Local markets (where supporting our local businesses is a plus), our fab German shops, Aldi and Lidl, and while it’s not the cheapest, it’s my closest, Sainsbury’s. Don’t be scared of your frozen foods (make sure it’s frozen from fresh though!!) Buying fresh ingredients does become costly so meal plan and whatever you have left on the weekend, be inventive. We all know that the over ripened bananas make a banging cake but what about your pears... why not caramelise them and eat them with natural yoghurt and oats for your breakfast? Or your veggies... blitz them up with some basil and garlic to make a pasta sauce. I became a lover of using whatever is in the cupboards (something I have to thank my partner for) so that we are buying only the foods we need. I used to have this increasing worry that if my cupboards weren’t full we would all starve but that’s so not the case. Don’t waste your money and more importantly, don’t waste food.
I’ve started to budget my household to £2 each person, per meal, which means we spend £6 (there is only 3 of us) for each dinner. That’s £42 a week which, to me, sounds a lot. But what normally happens is that some of the foods left over get used for lunch, snacks and even breakfasts. So find a realistic budget for your family. Shop around and you’ll not only keep your waistline down but your spending too.
Top 5 tips to healthy eating
- Make it from scratch
- Just because it says organic doesn’t mean it’s healthy
- Processed is quick, not best
- Plan meals
- Look for an alternative
Bonus tip: follow me on insta @patty_does for inspiration and recipes.