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Check out our top tips for making healthy meals for the whole family without breaking the bank.


Try to minimise waste

Love Food Hate Waste

Shop savvy – Think tins/frozen/look for supermarket offers

Health eating on a budget

Organise yourself – Plan your weekly menus, write a list of what you’ll need and shop online to avoid impulse purchases

Banish brands – Supermarkets often have their own version which you may find is either very similar or preferable

20 tips to eat well for less

Eat more veg – Meat dishes can be bulked out with extra vegetables and/or beans, lentils or peas, all of which are cheaper and better for us!

20 tips to eat well for less

Don’t cook separate meals – Encourage the whole family to eat the same meal together. This is good for children’s social skills as well as being good for physical health.

Look at the labels – The traffic lights help us to make decisions based on how healthy a food item is.

Change 4 Life food labels

Use the Change4Life Food scanner App – So that you know what’s in the food you’re buying.

Change 4 Life food facts

Use the web – Look online for healthy low cost meal ideas.

Change 4 Life recipes

Budget midweek family meals

Budget homemade recipes

Cook in batches – Make one for now and one for the freezer so when you need a meal in a hurry you don’t have to compromise on health

Batch cooking for beginners



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Should you require urgent health advice in the meantime, please contact your GP, visit an NHS walk-in centre or call NHS 111. For emergencies, dial 999 or visit A&E.

This page was last reviewed on 20-10-2020

This page will be next reviewed on 20-10-2023