“You are what you eat,” it is said. In addition to the wallet, food also has a profound effect on mood and endurance. Read here for tips on how to eat healthy, deliciously, and on a small budget.
Learn easy and healthy cooking
“I can’t cook.” It does not matter. Because, in fact, you don’t have to know almost anything about cooking. For real. Few have the time or money to be a passionate chef who collects and tries out complex recipes or prepares gourmet dishes for hours. But when you cook yourself, quickly and easily, you are left with time and money for more. And on top of that, you’ll feel good.
With a few basic manufacturing methods, you can already go a long way. Wash and chop. Boil, bake, or cook in the oven. Make a salad or smoothie. In fact, no recipes may even be needed once the basics are in place. However, the internet is a treasure trove, then you want to learn anything. Many sites have easy and cheap recipes compiled. You will find a wide range of guides in the libraries. Or cook together with friends, it’s both fun and instructive.
Little by little, you too will become a conscious consumer as you begin to pay attention to prices, especially per kilogram. Product packaging is misleading, and too often full of empty, i.e. much larger than its contents. By following the price per kilo, you will also find inexpensive seasonal products and the best offers. The store’s own products are often cheaper than branded products when the manufacturer has not spent money on advertising. Also, note the country of manufacture.
In price monitoring, you should also consider quality: the carbon black product may take your hunger for a while, but when your blood sugar collapses, you want more. And the poorer the food, the more food your body needs. In the long run, mid-priced quality food can become cheaper and be healthier.
Buy discount products
This is, of course, an obvious instruction. Find out the bidding and ejection methods for your local store. Some stores sell the cheapest depreciation products at certain times of the day or on certain days. -70% is already starting to feel comfortable in your purse, and yet the product (e.g. meat) is still quite a staple, even though the last day of sale has arrived just that day.
Read the product description!
In addition to prices, another extremely important way is to learn to read the product information. Researching them is related to health, good and varied nutrition, and price. Why pay five or ten times the price per kilogram of, for example, sugar or wheat flour in ready-to-eat food? Was the name of the product attractive, but you find that it mainly contains additives, preservatives, and fillers, and in fact that attractive selling point in the packaging was mainly only artificial flavors or the product has a minimal amount of ingredients. The product information always lists the ingredients in order of magnitude, from largest to smallest – the ingredient that is the most is always mentioned at the beginning of the list.
In addition, many products contain surprises! You might not have been able to imagine that many French people also have wheat flour, dextrose, stabilizers, rice flour, modified starch, thickener, leavening agents, grape sugar … So compare different brands and choose the most authentic and original product with nothing in vain. There may not even be much difference in prices because manufacturers trust that the consumer is not interested? At least I want my potatoes as potatoes and my ice cream as real milk ice cream.
Eat authentic food
The food industry has been in crisis for a long time and sales of ready meals (snacks) have fallen. So the food industry is developing new innovations in its factories to make a profit. For example, there can be many opinions about protein drinks and bars, bull, lump oats, etc. … Personally, I prefer as little processed food as possible, the product description of which does not contain a litany of substances that I do not understand a word about. And if you have to eat on a small budget you can ask yourself why you pay five times the price per kilo for highly processed food-like products like oatmeal just because it’s a boom and looks like meat … You can get beans, oatmeal, lentils, etc. really cheaply, cooking yourself really cheap. Self-germinated sprouts are both cheap and really healthy.
The principle of “if Grandma wouldn’t recognize your food, don’t buy it” is a great guide. Many additives and preservatives (e.g., sodium glutamate, glucose-fructose syrup) can also be hypersensitive, and it can be assumed that intestinal diseases and symptoms that have become more common like an epidemic are related not only to stress but also to the unhealthy food we eat. In general, it is advisable to buy the ingredients as they are unprocessed and without additives or preservatives. So at least know what to eat. And always remember to also check the Country of Manufacture. If you eat meat, you should definitely choose domestic meat. Meat produced elsewhere is often saturated with antibiotics and hormones.
Don’t be a “gypsum Logan”
Poor food makes you sick, depressed, and fattens. Exactly the same whether it contains meat or not. Frankly, the diet of some vegans is scary bad … Pizza, wheat rolls, burgers, pasta … Ready meals, candy, chips.
A vegetarian or vegan should pay special attention to protein and vitamin B12 intake. If you suffer from e.g. for chronic fatigue, weakness, and hair loss, measure ferritin (it should be a hundred turns) – the problem can be due to depleted storage irons, even if hemoglobin is good. In fact, everyone (especially a woman because of menstruation), vegan or not, should feel the symptoms of iron deficiency in order for their studies to go well.
Omega-3 is an essential fatty acid and is not always obtained from enough food. Also, check to see if you get enough iodine. And whether you’re vegan or not, it’s melted idiotic not to eat a lot of vegetables and fruits as well as berries. Vegetarian food does not mean fast food processed wheat flour and the cheapest vegetable oil.
Use seasonal and domestic
Seasonal products are easy to identify in the store: they are often very or fairly cheap for a while and there are plenty of them. Once you’ve learned to keep track of pound prices and products in the past, you’ll easily notice seasonal products. The best season for domestic vegetables and products is often early summer and fall when the harvest is complete. In winter, foreign products come from abroad, such as mandarins for Christmas.
Buy seasonal products, make large portions, and eat the same food for a few days in a row, make bundled food, freeze the rest. Drying is also a great way to preserve e.g. herbs and berries, thus preserving vitamins. Learn certain basic foods, such as super cheap cabbage or mushrooms. Seasonal food calendars provide monthly information on current foods. And, of course, whenever possible, favored domestic. While you enjoy cleaner food, you also support Finnish work.
Take advantage of Finnish nature and everyone’s rights
If possible, collect berries, mushrooms, and wild herbs from nature – the rights of every man in Finland are unique from an international point of view. You also get angling and ice fishing – wouldn’t perch soup be a funnier bite? On top of the store, you get fresh air and outdoor activities. Nature is known to do good for the mood as well. Most of the student cities have cheap access to a nature trip by public transport.
Did you know that we grow a large number of wild plants, the so-called? wild herbs that can be eaten? They are not only free but also healthy. Among others, the following wild plants can be eaten: goat tube (e.g. iron and vitamin C), dandelion (e.g. for lettuce, preferred by young individuals), yard (also helps with cough, at best in early summer), milk thistle (in early summer the whole plant, later without stem, eg omelets and salads).
Pleated leaf (nutty taste, leaves for salad, flowers, and seeds to spice), saltgrass (leaves for salad, wonderfully pungent, fox-like taste), clover (vitamin C, leaves young in a salad, later sweet flowers), nettle (rich in vitamin C, among others) and iron, plucked before use), fox bread (contains the same oxalic acid as rhubarb, neutralizes with dairy products), spruce crumbs (collected at a young age, but only with the permission of the landowner). Always collect wild herbs from a clean place away from traffic.
Delicious food moments!