Affordable Meals for the longest month of the year

Affordable Meals for the longest month of the year
15 January 2018
The longest month of the year begins when your December salary arrives, and your January salary takes forever and a day to reflect in your bank account. Fear not – we can help. Here’s how to survive the longest month of the year, and stay healthy:

Stretch Your Meals
Finding ways to stretch your staples a little further, can go a long way in helping you stay on-budget. Very often, however, techniques for stretching a meal can get a little unhealthy. Here’s what we suggest:

  • Everyone loves mom’s spaghetti bolognaise, even when she secretly grates vegetables into the sauce. Bulk it up a little more, by adding lentils and mushrooms. Both are packed with antioxidants and important minerals, so you can stretch your family favourites, and add in an extra boost of goodness, all at the same time.
  • Beans aren’t just for toast. With so many variants available – red kidney, butter, and so on – there’s no reason to keep them just for Sunday breakfast. Beans are a great source of energy and nutrients, so adding them to your meals can help in many ways.
  • During the festive season, you’ve probably opted for roast potatoes over rice. But the humble grain of rice is such a brilliant tool for stretching meals and maximizing flavour, that adding it to your meals is a must for every month of the year! Spice it up and try out different variants of rice for an extra level of healthiness and flavour.

Shop the Right Way
If you’re heading to the supermarket to stock up on your weekly groceries, you may be in luck: post-festive season specials and sales can make life a little easier for your pocket. But, if you’re on the hunt for fresh fruit and vegetables, it’s off to the market you should go. Shop by season, and you’ll find fresh fruit available for a fraction of the usual price (this chart can help) and buy in bulk so you can save even more money. For summer evening meals, adding a fruit kebab to your dinner plate, rather than cooked vegetables, can be quite refreshing. Bonus points: the kids will love eating the kebabs more than the vegetables.

LifeDoc Can Help
Now available for download as a mobile application, LifeDoc™ helps you take charge of your personal health information, making it easier to keep track of appointments and schedule those important check-ups, while securely storing your personal medical history. Register here or like the LifeDoc™ Facebook page for regular updates. You can also stay on track with LifeDoc™ developments on Twitter.