I’m super excited to feature Jess from energetic mama on the blog this week to share 6 real food tips for mums on a budget
As part of the living on little iniative i’ve been hunting out some of my favourite real food mums, bloggers and businesses to share with us all of their expertise on living on little and living a healthy life!
I’m Jess, mum of 2 hungry munchkins, wife to an even hungrier hubby, naturopath, lover of real food and gypsy! Feeding my family healthy, real foods is a priority for me and I have had to become more creative with it as our food budget has taken a dive (just one of the sacrifices we have made to fulfill our dream of travelling around Australia in a Jayco camper this year).
We are 10 months into our Big Aussie Adventure and have been having a blast! We have experienced countless memorable moments and learnt a lot about eating healthily on a budget! I want to share my 6 real food tips for mums on a budget.
1. Eat with the seasons
The supermarket culture gives us access to any food we want year round. Just because we CAN buy tomatoes in winter and oranges in summer, it doesn’t mean we SHOULD. Seasonal food, grown locally is cheaper and more eco friendly that produce that is shipped from the other side of the country or even the world for our convenience.
To connect with what is in season, shop at farmers markets where you can land bargain deals on boxes of seasonal produce such as peaches, tomatoes and whatever else is in abundance in your local area as well as huge bunches of the tastiest herbs you have ever eaten.
If you don’t have access to a farmers market (we often don’t on our travels) check where food is sourced in the supermarket. The price of produce can often give away what is seasonal as it tends to be cheaper.
2. Budget friendly Grass fed meats
Animals fed their natural diet of grass produce meat that is healthier for us. The meat has a healthier fat profile, more antioxidants and minerals (not to mention it is more ethical and eco friendly). The problem is grass fed meats can be more expensive and switching to feeding your family on grass fed meats can put a dent in your weekly food budget.
The trick is to choose cheaper cuts of grass fed meats – get creative with cuts like beef mince, chuck and blade lamb mince, forequater and shoulder, chicken wings and legs.
Here is a delicious lamb mince recipe to get you started
3. Grow your own herbs
Fresh herbs add so much flavour and nutrition to all kinds of real food dishes. Let’s wake those taste buds up
A green smoothie with fresh mint,
A salad drizzled with basil vinagerette
A home made corriander pesto
Fresh fish tacos with dill,
Scrambled eggs on sourdough sprinkled with parsley
Is your mouth watering yet? As well as adding a flavour and nutrition punch, herbs are one of the easiest and fastest plants to grow in your garden. They don’t require a lot of room (you can even grow them in pots on a balcony or in a windowsill) and you can simply chop off what you need for your dish. Home grown herbs sure beat the tasteless, overpriced herbs in your supermarket so go out and plant those herb seeds as soon as you can!
4. Less meat, more plants
Walk into any pub in Australia and you will see how many of us over consume meat! Chicken parmy’s big enough to feed a whole family, steaks the size of a frisbee and burgers you can’t even get your mouth around! Our obsession with big slabs of meat is costing us – our health is suffering, our environment is distressed and our wallets are feeling the pinch.
You can ease these costs by encouraging your family to consume more veggies and less meat. Carrots, potatoes, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, quinoa and rice can help you bulk up meals in a budget friendly and health conscious way.
5. Brush up your healthy baking skills
Sure, you can buy a loaf of banana bread at the supermarket for very little but one glance at the ingredient list will tell you it is NOT real food – vegetable oils, refined flour, loads of sugar – you get the picture. It doesn’t have to take a lot of time to bake or make your own real food snacks for your family. I encourage you to try out some recipes and put some time aside every week to bake – it will save you a stack of money and it can be quite therapeutic!
6. Join an organic co-op
The basis of an organic co-op is a group of people coming together to buy organic food at wholesale prices and splitting it between them each week. Generally you get a box of mixed produce and you might even get access to dry goods such as nuts, seeds, grains and spices. Joining a co-op is a great way to get real food on a budget as well as connect with like minded people in your community. There are organic co-ops popping up all over the place so ask in community forums to find one near you. I really miss my local organic co-op at home and it is one of the things I am looking forward to getting back into when our adventure ends.
It is possible to feed your hungry family on a budget – a few tweaks can make a big difference. Now you have some Real food budget tweaks I want to share some tweaks to help you reshape your body with real food. My fresh approach to losing weight as a mum (and most importantly feeling great while doing it) is all about small changes and sustainability that gets results!
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Jessica Donovan is a woman’s holistic health expert who helps mums get their sparkle back and become a more energetic, calm and joyful version of themselves. She is a one stop shop for all things nutrition, stress and hormone related. Jessica combines her deep naturopathic knowledge with a realistic, empathetic, inspiring and down to earth approach to empower women to look after themselves and take charge of their own wellbeing.
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