Top ten foods to help you cut your food budget

We can often assume that food needs to be fresh to be best; but don’t forgot some obvious staples that round out many a meal and don’t break the bank to purchase.

  1. Rice, especially brown rice: Loaded with fibre and with none of the good stuff removed, a better choice than white rice, and usually a little cheaper too.
  2. Lentils: Dried or ready-cooked in tins.  Lentils are low-fat, protein filled, and can be used in a variety of ways to fill out a meal.
  3. Tinned beans: Beans are loaded with fibre and protein.  They also absorb the flavours of the dish they accompany, can be mashed or included with salads, soups and stews.
  4. Wholemeal pasta: Wholemeal pasta has a much higher ratio of fibre than white pasta, helping you to eat less but feel fuller for longer.
  5. Canned fish: Preferably fish in brine or freshwater, canned fish is high in protein and nutrients, and omega three fatty acids.
  6. Tinned tomatoes: Contains a high strength antioxidant and Vitamin A and C.
  7. Eggs: High protein with a heart-healthy fat content and only 70 calories each.
  8. Sweet potatoes: Full of fibre and beta-carotene are often considered one of our most nutritious foods.
  9. Bananas: A high calorie option but full of potassium, vitamins and minerals.
  10. Frozen berries: Low fat and low calorie loads, berries can be added to many meals as a sweet treat.