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Shop smart - money-saving tips for eating healthily

There are plenty of things you can do to help your family eat more healthily, and the good news is, making healthier meals needn’t cost a lot of money. You can still enjoy your favourite meals but it’s better to make them with your own ingredients – and cheaper too.

Here you’ll find lots of handy tips plus a few yummy recipes to try. You’ll also see how easy it is to get the kids involved in trips to the supermarket to find healthy – and cheap – food to eat.

Try these great healthy recipes and tips:

Make the most of your leftovers

Got leftovers like carrots, pepper or tomatoes? Chop them up into tasty snacks for the kids and save money and waste.

Homemade burgers

Make your own tasty burgers, packed full of crispy lettuce and juicy tomatoes in a wholemeal roll. You could even make it extra fun by getting the kids to make their own burgers, choosing what delicious healthy things to stack into them.


It doesn’t get much easier or cheaper than this! All you need to buy are eggs and add some leftover veg into omelettes to make your mark on this simple meal

Find more healthy recipe ideas in the Cook4Life recipe book

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Healthy breakfast
recipe ideas

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Fresh, canned, dried and juiced fruit and veg all count towards your 5 A DAY. So does frozen. It’s cheaper than fresh, quick to use and lasts a lot longer, so you can save money in the long run.

Get the kids involved!

When you’re shopping give your kids a job like holding your shopping list. Or make a game of it by asking them to go and find the healthy food on your list. It will save time and teach them about healthy eating along the way.

Save money

The secret is to plan, plan, plan! Thinking about meals in advance means you can make ingredients go further during the week. It also helps you remember to use any coupons you’ve seen advertised or been sent.