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February 2017

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5 A Day On A Budget

People tend to think that fruit and vegetables are expensive which often leads to buying frozen meals. Eating your 5 a day doesn’t have to break the bank, here are a few easy tips on how you can budget and still get the daily goodness you need.

The market

If you have a local market near you use it! Fruit and vegetables are often a lot cheaper from your local market stalls and can be bought individually or in bulk.

Snack wisely

On your lunch buy an apple and banana instead of reaching for crisps and chocolate. It’ll be a lot cheaper and that’s already 2 of your 5 a day. You can buy a bag of satsuma’s or apples for less than a  £1 and both would last you for at least 5 lunch snacks.

Buy frozen

The benefits of frozen vegetables are that they don’t go out of date so there is no need to worry about wasting money by throwing fresh produce away. You can still get your 5 a day from frozen veg such as peas and it’s a lot cheaper too. In fact most frozen fruit and vegetable has a higher vitamin content than fresh products as the goodness is retained better. If your vegetables are going out of date then cook them into a dish that can be frozen such as a stew or a curry.

Tins count too

It’s quite surprising what you can find your 5 a day in. If you make a pasta sauce using a tin of chopped tomatoes that contributes to your 5 a day, if you make a chilli using red kidney beans that too counts towards your 5 a day. Tins of veg can be as cheap as 30p as well so try and base your meals on recipes where you can easily incorporate different kinds of fruit and vegetables.

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