Nutrition Questions and Answers
Vital Health Zone is proud to announce Anastacia Sampson , who is our resident naturopathic expert and who is available to answer questions about nutrition and health.
Anastacia Sampson has a private practice and is available for consultation in a number of ways.
Anastacia Sampson will answer your nutrition-related questions.
Q: If someone is on a really limited budget, when they shop for groceries, what are the top picks in terms of the most nutritious foods, that are the cheapest to buy, but will also stave off a feeling of hunger?
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To be specific on what foods to buy can be irrelevant as food prices alter according to availability. In the UK purchasing strawberries for vitamin C may be economical but it may not be in another country. Indeed South Africa is supplied well with citrus oranges and nectarines for vitamin C. However you can follow some broad tips for keeping your pockets heavy or not empty at least!
Use local produce, as locally grown fresh produce is usually cheaper than imported produce!
Processed foods, which are ready-made foods that only require a quick heat up can be pricey. It is much cheaper to buy your own fresh, locally grown produce and cook everything from scratch.
Frozen carrots may be more pricey than buying loose fresh carrots. It is time consuming to peel, clean and dice the carrots but at least cheaper! Remember a tin of carrots or a packet of carrots may both be tasty but the nutritional value may not beat fresh carrots. Try to buy whole foods from markets and the harbour may have bargain deals on fish. Shop around, stores do vary in prices.
Animal produce may be more pricey but when it comes to fast foods such as hamburgers the price is relatively low. Yet the nutritional value is way too low to be worthy of your pocket contents.
Use lentils and beans for proteins to replace meats but always mix your lentils and beans with cereal grains (one part lentils/beans two parts cereal) to uplift the plant protein.
Buy your wholefoods in bulk as that is always a good way to make a saving at the checkout. Try not prepare excess food that leads to wastage. Keep your diet simple yet varied. Spices and herbs make all the difference. Often the aroma and appeal of a chef's delight can be attributed to herbs. It is a matter of correct mixing and presentation!
Remember buying in small smart packaging will always cost more than buying direct from a supplier in mundane packaging. Support local suppliers and soon you will know when and where the next bargain is to be had. Prepare your own foods and that alone will save your packets. You will be consuming less preservatives and more vital rich nutritional based whole foods.
Please note that the information provided is for educational purposes only and is not meant to diagnose or treat medical conditions. Consult with your medical physician regarding appropriateness of using supplements in your healing process.
Enjoy better health!