Five top tips for eating well on a budget

Katie Marsden is a specialist CF dietitian at the West Midlands Adult CF Centre. Here she provides some top tips to help people with CF eat well on a budget.

1. Ditch the brands

The big names don’t always mean better quality. Own brands can often be just as good and a lot cheaper. Also, don’t be afraid of wonky vegetables! Although they may not look as pretty, they are just the same in taste and quality as their neater looking counterparts.

2. Bulk out your meals with cheaper ingredients

You could top up meals with tinned or dried proteins such as beans, lentils and chickpeas. You could also add frozen, tinned or fresh vegetables as these are often the cheapest part of meals.  

3. Reduce your food waste by planning

Plan your week of meals and try to ensure you use all your ingredients during the week to prevent any food waste as this is also money waste. We have some tips on how to do this here.

4. Swap to plant-based proteins

Natural plant-based proteins like lentils, beans, pulses, chickpeas and nuts are often much cheaper than meat or meat alternatives but still provide us with the protein we need. Some examples include a lentil cottage pie, chickpea curry, vegetables and a peanut satay sauce, or a bean chilli or stew.

5. Bulk cook

Bulk cooking is when you make a much larger amount of food than you need that day, which can then be eaten throughout the week or frozen for the future. This is a great way to save money on ingredients and energy costs. It also makes having healthy meals daily a lot easier. It will, however, require additional money at time of shopping and space to store the food. Ingredients are often cheaper if bought in bulk but do check the price per 100g to make sure.

More information 

For general information about a range of issues relating to diet, nutrition and CF, we have a series of leaflets that have been written by CF dietitians.

Check out the leaflets


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