THE cost of living crisis means that many people are trying to cut back on their food expenses.
And there are plenty of Facebook groups dedicated to showing people how to eat healthy on a tight budget.
In one such group, a woman told how she cooked three ‘healthy’ meals a day for less than £1, but many people said the same thing.
The mum shared her daily menu and explained how much it cost her for the day, she wrote: ‘Day 111 – eat healthy for 1 pound a day (try it!)’
“Breakfast: the last of the cornflakes! (without oil), milk (6p), sweetener (9p). 15p.”
For lunch the mum opted for grilled cheese and tomato sandwiches and a lemon cake which she bought at a reduced price which cost her 37p.
The mum uses the Olio app, which is designed to prevent food waste by connecting locals to donate expired excess food.
She made a potato curry to feed four people for dinner, which cost her 32 pence for four servings.
Again, the mother received many ingredients from Olio for free, including naan bread on the side.
To end the day, the family enjoyed a dessert of grilled pancakes (from Olio), golden syrup and chocolate pudding which cost them 41p.
In total, she only spent £1.01 on food for the day.
Some people said it was unhealthy – but also realized it was hard for many to afford fresh fruit and vegetables.
One wrote, “It’s good for a temporary fix, but not at all healthy in the long run…but that’s the situation people are forced into.”
“I don’t want to rob you of your inventiveness, but no one should be in a position where they can’t sustain themselves with a variety of fresh foods,” another commented.
But many people praised the mother for how she fed her family on such a tight budget.
One commented, “Well done, you did a brilliant job on a low budget.”
“I don’t see the problem here, yeah ok there’s probably a lot more than I would eat but you got veggies in there and a decent meal size,” added another.
A third wrote, “Well done! Full bellies are better than empty ones.”