We all like a good deal, and most of would prefer to feel good through diet and exercsise without breaking the bank. This can be achieved pretty simply through a mix of wise shopping and minimalist exercise.
One of the first things we need to take into account is our fuel. As we need to not only feed ourselves but our families and those around us this should be the first area of focus when it comes to saving some money. Here are some tips I have picked up through time along with a list of frugal and healthy foods.
Buy in Bulk -- Purchasing foods in bulk can save you a load of money especially when it comes to the more expensive things like meat, eggs and dry ingredients. One thing I recommend getting in a large portion would be a nice big cut of meat which you can prepare in about 10-15 minutes and store away for use throughout the week. Checkout the video below for a very useful guide on preparing and storing a Beef Tenderloin.
Again a great place to buy meat in bulk is at the farmers market . They will be more than happy to negotiate a price for a big cut.
Dry Ingredients -- I like to keep a good store of healthy dry ingredients in my pantry and fridge. One thing I have found really useful recently is to buy a big bunch of sweet and roasting potatoes in bulk. I simply wrap these in foil and stick them in the oven for about 1hr, remove and leave to cool down. These can then be stored in the fridge for upto a month and simply re-heated anytime. Sweet Potatoes are especially versatile as they can be mashed up with berries, coconut oil and cinnamon in the morning for a sweet treat or they can be eaten for dinner or lunch with whatever side you want once coated with some butter and sprinkled with sea salt. Here are some other things to buy in bulk:
Jumbo Rolled Oats (Check the video below on good preparation….)
Eggs (seem to be especially cheap at farmers market)
Olive Oil and Cider Vinegar
Tubers and Root Vegtables
Once this stuff is purchased and prepared meals are easy to make and cheap with minimal trips to the grocers while saving you money. The only things you may need to buy fresh are a small bunch of fruit and vegetables…..
Now that spring is upon us we can seriously consider dropping that gym membership. It is getting warmer outside and days are longer, for the price of 1 months gym membership get yourself a Kettlebell and paired with running, sprints and plyometrics you have a more than sufficient workout. Here is a killer minimalist workout a freind introduced me to recently. Simply 10 minutes of:
15 Body Weight Squats
10 Kettlebell Swings
Sounds easy but I can assure you it is a pretty challenging workout. Recently due to the improved weather I have also been throwing in 2-3 short runs per week, these are playful runs that include things like; Sprints, Pushups, Squats and Pullups which last for no longer than 20-30 minutes. And the best thing is that they only require Shorts, a T-shirt and a pair of running shoes. Also checkout this post on Minimalist Fitness and Workouts. Also have a look at Zen Habits Beginners Guide To Running.