Nowadays, students and recent graduates are far from the only people who struggle with their weekly grocery bills. Add in the pressure from our gluten-free, organic-crazed culture, and the ability to buy, cook, and eat nutritiously falls somewhere between a rock and a hard place.
Or at least that’s what the majority of us believe. According to Paula Mee, a dietician at the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute (INDI), one can successfully maintain a healthy diet at the cost of less than €30 a week.
Meals that include non-perishables, such as nuts, porridge, dried fruit, canned tuna, and frozen vegetables, are the key to maintaining a well balanced diet without the additional costs. All of the above items can be found at local supermarkets such as Tesco and Aldi for 96c to €2.
The versatility of non-perishables means they can be added to or paired with fresh items like low-fat milk (75c), Greek yoghurt (99c), wholemeal bread (€1), eggs (€1.09), and fish (€2-€4) to create a meal that meets the ideal nutrition criteria.
In the Irish Examiner, Mee suggests porridge with nuts and dried fruit for breakfast, a bagel with smoked salmon, cream cheese, and avocado for lunch, and pork chops with frozen vegetables for dinner. All of the food in total comes to a measly €13.08, however, because you’re not likely to use an entire container of an item in one day, the actual [daily] total would fall somewhere between €8-€10.