In this day and age it is important that we make our money go as far as possible. Unfortunately cheaper food options are often unhealthier choices, which is undoubtedly one of the reasons why there is an obesity epidemic.
If your aim is to lose weight on a budget then read on to discover some healthy and filling foods that you can buy without breaking the bank.
#1: Sweet potatoes
Sweet potatoes are a great choice of food for those of us looking to lose a few pounds.
They are full of essential minerals such as Vitamin A, C and B6, potassium and magnesium. Plus they are full of fibre that will help to fill you up.
#2: Green apples
Green apples contain very little sugar, but are full of fibre and a property called malic acid that has been shown to help fight cancer. Malic acid has also been shown to help cleanse the liver.
Rather than reaching for a chocolate or some crisps when you are hungry between meals, grab an apple instead. They are a much better alternative.
#3: Romaine lettuce
Rather than reaching for the more expensive kale or spinach, buy some romaine lettuce instead.
Not only is it a cheaper alternative, but it is also one of the most nutritionally rich greens, as it is full of omega 3 fatty acids, vitamins A, C and K, as well as magnesium and potassium.
Lentils are just as nutritious as beans (They are full of protein, fibre and iron), but cost just a fraction so are the better choice for those of us on a budget.
If you suffer from sugar cravings then eating a banana could help to satisfy them.
A banana is full of natural sugars, as well as potassium, magnesium and vitamin B6 and C. It is also full of fibre, which makes them a perfect snack food for when you are feeling peckish between mealtimes.
Increasing your vegetable intake is essential for anyone trying to lose weight, with broccoli being one of the best options available to you.
Broccoli is full of nutrients and the perfect accompaniment to many different meals.
#7: Flax or Chia seeds
Both flax and chia seeds are great for snacking as they are full of fibre so can help curb any food cravings you experience.
They are also full of B vitamins and antioxidants that can help to improve the health of your heart.
Again oats are full of fibre, and as they are gluten-free are ideal for those who are currently undergoing a gluten-free diet.
A zucchini is a great vegetable to keep to hand in the fridge as you can add it to a variety of different meals.
Unsurprisingly it is full of fibre so is a great for filling you up.
Carrots have a variety of uses, can be added to meals or eaten as a snack.
They contain fibre along with vitamin A and C, magnesium and potassium, so not only filling but can also help to lower blood sugar levels and lower blood pressure.