Can you do low carb on a budget?

Some people may be put off adopting a low carb approach due to the belief that you need to buy expensive ingredients. However, this is not true and there are in fact plenty of ways you can follow a low carb lifestyle while on a tight budget.

Here are some simple hacks you might want to try to help you save money:

Swap fresh for frozen

Buying frozen fruit and vegetables is often a lot cheaper than fresh food and it can last for much longer. While some might worry that frozen food is not as nutritious as fresh, this isn’t the case and research has found that frozen fruit and veg can have the same nutritional value as their fresh counterparts [1].

Switch to cheaper cuts

Cheaper cuts of meat such as chicken thighs or pork belly are not just a good way to save money, but their higher fat content can also leave you feel satiated. Try swapping the chicken breast for chicken thighs in our recipe for chicken jalfrezi.

Make your own

Buying ready prepared vegetables can save time but is not necessarily budget-friendly. For example, you can make your own cauliflower rice, which can be ready in only 12 minutes.

Swap fresh fish for tinned

Fresh fish can sometimes be expensive if you’re on a tight budget. A good alternative might be switching to tinned fish such as salmon or mackerel, which can be handy to keep in the cupboard.

Prep your meals

Preparing your meals in advance can help to prevent a last-minute trip to the shops to buy an expensive lunch or dinner. You could make some time at the weekend or in the evenings to make multiple lunches or dinners for the week.


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[1]   Rickman, J.C., Barrett, D.M. and Bruhn, C.M., 2007. Nutritional comparison of fresh, frozen and canned fruits and vegetables. Part 1. Vitamins C and B and phenolic compounds. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture87(6), pp.930-944