Thrifty mum shows how to make 36 healthy meals for just £20 – and there are snacks included tooMay 26, 2020
SAVVY Mum Bonnie Shaw was determined to reduce her weekly food bill and still cook up healthy, easy meals she could enjoy.
So the mum-of-one set herself the challenge and excelled, and has shared how she managed to make 36 meals, plus snacks, for just £20.
Bonnie, 23, wanted to find a way to lose weight without spending a fortune on expensive meal plans, saying: "You shouldn’t have to spend a fortune to lose weight, so I decided to see how far I could stretch £20."
She told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk: "I had a few messages on my Instagram account from people that had spent a fortune buying expensive meals from meal prep companies," before revealing her tried and tested hacks.
Bonnie explained: "I did 36 meals and 12 bananas for snacks in total. Both my partner and I have three meals a day (breakfast, dinner, and tea) and a snack for six days a week.
"One day a week we have a treat meal and cook from fresh."
The meals included one porridge a day for both Bonnie and her partner which was changed up by adding some fruit, nuts, or a small amount of chocolate.
And since she was trying to make the meals suitable for her diet she revealed that a 40g serving of oats with 200ml semi milk is just 251 calories.
Among the delicious and healthy meals Bonnie made were six portions ofspaghetti bolognese, six chilli and rice,homemade pizza and sausage and mash
Admittedly, Bonnie to ran into a couple of challenges, though, such as making each of her meals healthier.
But she managed to find budget-friendly ways of including fruits and vegetables in every meal – such as using tinned veg instead of fressh.
She said: "Because of the £20 budget, it was difficult to incorporate fruit and veg because it can be expensive.”
"That goes for lean meats as well – we actually spent a quarter of the budget just on one lean pack of mince!"
"If you are on an extremely tight budget, a good way to incorporate more fruit and veg into your meals is using tinned goods. Even though fresh is better, this can be a great way if you can’t afford the fresh version. You can buy a tin of peas or a tin of carrots for under 20p!"
Bonnie admitted to using items purchased from Aldi for the sake of the challenge, but suggested "searching the reduced sections in Tesco, Asda, Morrison’s and Sainsbury’s" for high-quality items.
Bonnie shares her budgeting and cooking tips on Instagram and YouTubewhere she demonstrated cooking each of her meals.
Speaking of her weight-loss journey, she said: "My personal goal is 1400 calories a day, but for others it might be to eat five portions of fruit and veg, or to gain weight. You can achieve most of them on a budget by shopping smarter.
"With most of us being at home it’s so easy to overindulge out of boredom. By planning and prepping, I stay within my calories without being too restrictive and enjoy what I eat – and it costs me less than 60p a meal!”
Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, comments: “Families across the UK are struggling to plan and cook meals, with shopping in supermarkets an ordeal and the food shop proving an ever bigger expense as incomes drop.
“Challenges like this serve as a much-needed inspiration to give families ideas and reassurance that they really can provide so many meals for just £20.
“Like Bonnie, bulk meals out with tinned veg, and searched the reduced sections for great bargains!
In other food related news we shared how one mum, and ex-Miss Universe, defends her six-year-old daughter’s diet after she’s lunchbox-shamed for not giving her enough food.
Plus a mum slammed as ‘lazy’ for making 40 ‘tasteless’ sandwiches before freezing them to save time before school each morning.
Meanwhile a doting wife shares the huge lunch she packs her builder husband every day but gets slammed for ‘treating him like a child’.
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