The quality of nutrition plays a decisive role, especially in the field of weight training, because without an adequate supply of nutrients, the human body is not able to process them efficiently, which emerges on the basis of inadequate results. Not least because of this fact circulates in the fitness community all too often the assumption that the quality of food increases linearly with the estimated price. While this approach may well be true in relation to a few foods, it does not mean that you have to forego a high quality diet just because your financial resources do not allow you to shop at the weekly market every day. Accordingly, we have put together in this article a hodgepodge of 19 tips that help you to optimize your diet despite a small budget.
Tip 1 - Forget branded goods
A common misconception is the rumored difference in quality between branded products and those sold under the umbrella of a private label or even without special labeling. Rather, in practice, the matter is that the few manufacturing companies are responsible for both "branded" and so-called "no-name goods" production, which in plain language means that the quality of the products is inferior no different way. In order to be able to find the correspondingly favorable product variants, it is worth taking a look into the lower rows of supermarket shelves, because, for marketing strategic reasons, retailers always place the more expensive brand goods at eye level of the customers.
Tip 2 - Pay attention to special offers
If you really want to save money, you should pay attention in the supermarket to strongly reduced commodity, as it is the case for example with fish, meat or dairy products, if these expire in few days. Fresh meat is particularly cheap, for example, just before closing time, as this should not be sold the next day and the dealer would go out accordingly empty.
Tip 3 - Buy your favorite products in larger quantities
Certainly there are products that you always like to incorporate into your diet plan and accordingly buy often. Especially in this case, it is recommended to buy these products in larger containers or quantities, as it is simply cheaper than buying two smaller containers every week.
Tip 4 - buy frozen vegetables
Frozen vegetables after thawing are not just as fresh as those on the market, but they also have the inestimable advantage of being stored for an eternity in the freezer, so you actually throw away less than fresh vegetables would. Furthermore, you can create a stock of various sorts and thaw them in portions, which leaves you with the design of your food a free hand.
Tip 5 - Eat lots of vegetables
In particular, if you rely on inexpensive frozen vegetables, you benefit from the fact that vegetables, especially in a diet excellent as a low-calorie and also very vitamin-rich satiety supplement. Try to make your meals so that they contain enough vegetables.
Tip 6 - Use cheap protein sources
It goes without saying that we need strength athletes protein, but what is in question is whether we really need expensive protein to allow our body optimal metabolism. The answer is clearly "no!", Because both eggs and skimmed quark are significantly cheaper than beef or salmon, but these products are in no way inferior in terms of nutritional quality. Accordingly, much of your protein intake should be based on cheap sources.
Tip 7 - buy real food, no compressed board!
One way to ensure high-quality nutrition is to buy fresh food, rather than spending the already tight budget on ready meals, which in the end are not only much more expensive but also contain many additives.
Tip 8 - Ignore the biotrend
Although this requirement may seem strange given the general biowave, if you are reliant on buying as cheaply as possible, you should not join Biotrend, even though organic produce tastes a little better than traditional products in many cases. Concentrate on the basics and avoid prepared meals, that's enough.
Tip 9 - buy seasonal products
Especially if you're in the fresh food department, you should make sure that you only buy the products that are currently in season, as they are usually much cheaper than imported fruits and vegetables.
Tip 10 - Use local shopping
Of course, the offers of large supermarkets are slightly cheaper than those offered by local retailers. In this context, however, you should keep in mind that especially small grocery stores from time to time have very good offers in the program, with which you can save money. Furthermore, the mobility costs are not to be despised, which are incurred for the way to a more distant shopping.
Tip 11 - Keep your meals simple
Of course, you should make your meals as varied as possible, but this does not mean that you should dish up the most unusual foods, the ingredients of which are difficult to obtain in this country and therefore expensive. Keep your meals simple and use basic ingredients that are low on money and occasionally garnish your dishes with something special. This can save a lot of money.
Tip 12 - Avoid impulse purchases
The biggest enemy of your purse is the sight of bulging shelves that leads you to buy things you do not need. In order to prevent this you should in any case prepare in advance a shopping list and strictly follow it, even if that is not always easy.
Tip 13 - Precooking
Whether you have little time or just want to save money and eat well at the same time, the precooking is in this context, the best way to combine both aspects. Consequently, you will not be embarrassed to have to buy something at a snack in the short term and save energy costs by the one-time cooking.
Tip 14 - Learn to store food properly
Too often, we do not manage to consume any particular food before it spoils, which results in cash being poured into the bin. To prevent this, you should think in advance about what you do with broken and relatively perishable food, respectively how you store them. Often, freezing is the best way to avoid throwing away food. However, you should know what foods are suitable for this using the Internet.
Tip 15 - Functional Food
Of course, your meal should taste good. But what good is that if it costs you three times as much as a cheaper option that covers your nutritional needs? Accordingly, do not make your meals unusual, but focus on key ingredients that provide you with everything your body needs.
Tip 16 - Avoid junk food
The headline of this short but concise advice speaks for itself, because any kind of junk food is in no way effective for an adequate nutrient supply, so you should eliminate such products altogether, so you have more money for high quality food available.
Tip 17 - Do not buy water
Do not buy expensive mineral water, because especially in this country the tap water is not declared as food for nothing and is therefore strictly controlled. As a result, you not only benefit financially, but also from the fact that annoying handling of empties is eliminated.
Tip 18 - Quantity is not always better than quality
For all the need to save, you should not lose sight of the quality of the food, as lower amounts of a higher quality food are often more favorable in terms of nutritional content than large quantities of a cheap product. Half a whole grain bread is finally more nutritious than a whole white bread.
Tip 19 - Combine expensive with cheap products
In order to preserve the widest possible range of nutrients, you can combine more expensive products with cheaper ones as part of a meal. For example, this works well with cheap white and more expensive brown rice.