One of the most common misconceptions about changing to a LCHF (low carb, healthy fat) way of eating is that it will be more expensive and time consuming.
In fact, it can mean quite the opposite. At Collective Fitness, we are not only about eating real food, but we LOVE to nab a bargain and eat on the cheap. Initially, you will be in the kitchen a little more, but once you have developed your weekly meal routine the time you actually spend in there prepping and cooking will actually reduce!
These five tips will help you transition and maintain the LCHF way of eating, and still ensure you have some cash to pop in the piggy bank:
- Buy in bulk.
Visit your local bulk foods store for a pick and mix extravaganza. Not only can you buy the exact amount you need, but you can bring your own containers to fill up. Goodbye, plastic wrap. Hello, savings!
- Pick the imperfect veggies.
Unfortunately, supermarkets haven’t clicked onto the fact that we don’t care what our veggies look like. But, if you look closely, most supermarkets now have a discounted imperfect veggie section. And while they may look a little funny (and way cuter), they’ll definitely save you some cash. Alternatively, seek out a local fruit & veggie shop, they usually have bargain bins and fantastic specials that will save you heaps more than shopping at the supermarket.
- Shop seasonally.
The easiest way to save money is to buy seasonal produce. Our Fit Food Program is designed with seasonal ingredients in mind, making it the perfect wallet-friendly plan to stick to at any time of the year.
- Visit your local markets.
Did you know, the reason veggies at the supermarket are so expensive is because they travel thousands of kilometers to reach you? If you buy locally however, not only are products less travelled, but you know you’re getting farm fresh produce which will last longer in your fridge. Win-win!
- Fill your freezer.
Your freezer is more energy efficient if it’s full (who knew?)! So, once you’ve visited the markets, stock up your freezer. Meat and fruit are best frozen raw, but we suggest par-cooking your veggies before you freeze them. Store produce in glass jars, Pyrex containers or zip lock bags (wash them and re-use them) to help save the planet a little more.