We are always being told about the health benefits of superfoods such as chia seeds, goji berries and other expensive and exotic foods. However there are plenty of ways to save money on superfoods.
Superfoods are foods that health guru love to sell to us alongside the benefits of exercise, including things like wheatgrass, spirulina, probiotic drinks and other superfoods. Whilst they are costly and sometimes only found in health food shops, there are a whole variety of superfoods that are budget friendly.
There are plenty of everyday items at supermarkets that are packed with as many vitamins and minerals as superfoods, and you might even already have some in your kitchen cupboards. They don’t need to come from some exotic place and cost the earth.
Frozen and tinned superfoods
It isn’t just fresh foods that offer fantastic health benefits. It might come as a shock but frozen and tinned foods offer just as many, if not more. Frozen and tinned foods are a lot cheaper and can help you to save money on superfoods. For example, frozen peas are a rich source of vitamin C which helps to boost the immune system. Frozen berries are also just as food as fresh berries – and they carry the same health benefits.
Top 10 Bargain Superfoods
If you are looking to save money on superfoods then this list of 10 bargain superfoods will help you.
Porridge is a wonderful superfood, even better than quinoa! Porridge oats have more fibre and a similar amount of protein. Beta glucan, a fibre found in oats, can also help lower blood cholesterol, reducing risks of stroke and heart attack.
Green and detox teas are trendy right now, however a cup of black tea contains exactly the same benefits and antioxidants without the hefty price tag. A great way to save money on superfoods.
Forget kale, any dark leafy veg is just as good. There isn’t much between them nutrition-wise, but cost can vary a lot.
Everyone’s heard about the supposed benefits of goji berries – but blackberries are higher in vitamin C and contain less sugar. You can also pick blackberries for free.
Tinned fish is much cheaper than buying fresh fish, and did you know that it contains the same benefits?
Teff, a new superfood hailed as an ancient grain, is often used in place of lentils. However lentils have more than twice the fibre and protein, and contain more essential minerals. Not to mention that they are cheaper.
Many of us throw money away on probiotic yogurts and drinks, thinking it’s the way to keep the gut healthy. However plain live yogurt contains the same bacteria, as well as protein, calcium and vitamin B12.
There are claims that a 30ml shot of wheatgrass contains as many nutrients as 1kg of veg. But tests have shown that the nutrient content is about the same as that of common vegetables such as spinach.
Coconut water and sports drinks are said to be the best way to rehydrate after exercise, however a glass of milk will do the job, and contain a similar amount of electrolytes. Milk has protein and carbs for muscle recovery and its good for your teeth too. A great superfood.
Chia seeds are ‘in’ but linseeds are a more purse friendly alternative and contain more potassium, magnesium and vitamin B6.