Urgh, I know, you’ve heard it before. But let me break it down for you. Gluten isn’t really good for us. At all. In small amounts, it’s absolutely hunky-dory, but us humans don’t do half measures. We tend to eat ALL the bread (which is why so many of us end up gluten intolerant). Here’s the thing though, if you improve the quality of your bread, it won’t affect your gut so much. So go for whole grain, and you get to eat more.
Brown rice is CRAZY good for you. It’s full of protein, fibre and vitamins – that’s why it doesn’t last as long as white rice, which is basically like eating cardboard. I know, I know, it takes forever to cook, but let me let you into a secret: I buy the pre-cooked pouches. Don’t tell any properly-frugal bloggers. The thing is, I want to eat it, but I don’t want to cook it, so I end up buying it and not eating it. What a waste. However, the little pouches may be about four times the price, but I do actually enjoy it. Which makes the extra money worth it. I like it with stir-fried veggies (carrots, broccoli, pepper) and –maple syrup–peanut butter
-sweet chilli sauce (homemade, by literally mixing equal amounts of peanut butter and chilli sauce and maple syrup to taste)
When we were kids we used to have raw, cold oats for breakfast instead of cereal. You see, my parents were trying to pay off their mortgage, but they very concerned about our diets being healthy. Oats were cheaper and more nutrient dense (they fuel racehorses ffs) compared to traditional cereals. We used to add raisins and chopped banana and it was delicious. I still have this now, though I sometimes add yoghurt and grated apple. It’s super easy, quick and good for you.
I find some frozen fruit so much cheaper than fresh – I’m talking a massive pack of blueberries for £2 (and sometimes Tesco have 3 for £5 and Co-op do 2 for £3.50). I also get raspberries, cherries and mango. I find the fresh versions of these fruits can be mushy and disappointing – frozen all the way!
Especially pineapple, peaches and prunes. Again, cheaper and better quality than their fresh counterparts. Fresh pineapple can be delicious but such a hassle.
All. Damn. Day. I use it on toast instead of jam, in smoothies for extra protein and in stir-fries instead of bought sauces. It’s so frigging healthy, they’re using it to safely fatten up babies in the developing world. You can keep your chia seeds and goji berries, peanut butter
is a true super food. Buy it big and buy it cheap here.
It’s free (kinda), doesn’t have any calories and keeps you from shrivelling up. In the UK, tap is absolutely fine. I only buy bottled water in restaurants (I only drink water, coffee or wine and hate only having tap water – I know how hard it is keeping a restaurant afloat, so I budget in the cost of drinks and tips and if I can’t afford them, I don’t go).
I feel so sorry for potatoes. They’ve had so much bad press – I mean, they don’t even qualify as a vegetable anymore! If you cook them with minimal fat and eat the skin, they’re very good for you. They’re also awesome at bulking out soups and stews for very little cost – even less cost of you grow your own. My parents grew potatoes about twenty years ago and still get the occasional one popping up. Humans can apparently live on potatoes and butter alone, with little adverse effects, whilst working a physical job – check out this study. I’m not suggesting this – although it sounds like one of the better diets 😉 – just highlighting the fact that potatoes are our friends.
So good as an alternative to crisps. I get raw popping corn and pop it in a saucepan with a bit of oil (the instructions say to use waaaay more than you actually need). It’s pretty low in calories so you can eat a whole bowlful and not feel bad, AND it’s a whole grain so is chock full of vitamins and minerals and all that good stuff. You can put any kind of toppings on it that you want, but I just like salted (haters gonna hate).
OMG, embrace the chickpea. They’re sooo cheap (the tins are really cheap, dried are even cheaper ). I used to HATE chickpeas as a kid (which was a big deal, because as a child, I’d eat ANYTHING), but now I use them all the time. Hummus, falafel, soup, pasta sauces, roasted – seriously, as soon as I find a recipe for a) a chickpea dessert and b) chickpea wine I’ll be all set to live on chickpeas. I even buy chickpea flour on amazon (also called gram flour) and make chickpea bread. It’s nothing like normal bread, it’s more like flatbread but it’s freaking delicious, and the best thing so serve with salt and lemon (obvs not counting tequila).
So that’s the list, do what you will with it. Obviously, I’m not a nutritionist, my only diet rules are that whatever I’m eating, I should be able to make from the raw ingredients (i.e. no weird, unpronounceable ingredients) – prosecco is the exception that proves the rule.
Have a swell day; if you see a cat, stroke if for me please (unless you’re allergic).