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Healthy eating on a budget

Submitted by on July 8, 2014 – 3:05 pmNo Comment

feta saladOf course we’re not biased here at Suma but to quote from the Vegetarian Society Website;
“…research shows that in many ways a vegetarian diet is healthier than that of a typical meat eater… a varied vegetarian diet contains less saturated fatty acids, cholesterol, and more folate, fibre, antioxidants, phytochemicals and carotenoids. Research studies have found that vegetarians have a lower incidence of obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure and type II diabetes.”

We’d like you to get involved
So that’s good news for all the vegetarians and vegans out there! As well as supplying you with oodles of wonderful vegetarian and vegan delights, we thought that in these times of austerity we would take a look at eating healthily on a budget. We’d like you to join in with this by sharing your knowledge, tips and recipes. What meals can be made that don’t cost the earth but bring you all the nutrition you need? If you have any advice to pass on then please get in touch and we’ll share it online. Use the comments form below or email webmaster@suma.coop

Five times a day
When it comes to your ‘5 a day’ fruit and vegetables don’t forget that as well as fresh, frozen, canned and dried all count towards your ‘5 a day’. Remember that seasonal fruit and veg will be cheaper. Here at Suma we have a range of frozen fruit and vegetables to add to your diet.

Shopping trolleyShopping on a budget? Buy what you need rather than what you want
Planning your weekly meals will help. Work out what you are going to eat and then write a shopping list to cover your planned meals. Follow the list while shopping and avoid buying on impulse. Keep an eye out for foods on offer that will keep well, for example tinned food. Consider buying a few of these to keep in the cupboard as this will save you money in the long term. Try to take advantage of special offers and bulk buy savings.

Keeping the Balance
One of the key words in achieving a healthy diet is balance. A varied, balanced diet should take in iron, protein, fats, cholesterol and omegas, vitamins and minerals. It’s beyond the scope of this article to go into each one individually, so for more on which foods to find these essential nutrients in, including guideline daily recommended amounts, visit the Vegetarian Society Website.

Please send any recipes, ideas and tips you would like to share to us here at Suma. We’ll list them here on this page so you can easily find them. To start you off here’s the first one.

Quick and Easy Irish Italian Pasta Sauce

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