If you’re trying to eat healthy without breaking the bank, don’t worry: It can be done.

Can we raise healthy children in an unhealthy country?

Do some countries have a firmer focus on health and wellbeing than others? The answer is a resounding ‘yes’. And, sadly, our country doesn’t rank well in this department.

In fact, Zimbabwe with all its perfect weather has been ranked as the most unhealthy country in the world in so many surveys, which isn’t good news for parents wanting to bring up healthy children.

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What are we doing wrong? Is ‘healthy food’ too expensive for Zimbabweans? Why are we dying at a younger age? And, has the coronavirus pandemic affected the way we eat?

Life expectancy in SA

The life expectancy for the average Zimbabwean is just over 61,6 years old, lower than the pension age. A previous study by WHO found that HIV and TB and the lack of medical attention for people in disadvantaged areas also contributed to Zimbabwe’s low life expectancy.

How to ensure your children eat a healthy and balanced diet on a budget

Here are six suggestions for saving money while still ensuring that your children eat healthily.

Using a shopping list is one of the simplest ways to stay healthy on a budget. They not only assist you in making healthier food choices, but they also assist you in sticking to your weekly schedule and keeping track of your spending.

Stock up on fruits and vegetables when they’re on sale. Purchase extras and store them in the freezer for future meals.

Look for produce that is in season. It is usually much less expensive due to its accessibility.

Frozen and canned vegetables (look for low-sodium varieties) are usually less expensive than fresh vegetables. Because frozen foods are preserved within hours of harvest, consumers benefit from a higher intake of key nutrients.

Whole grains, such as brown rice, farro, barley, and oats, as well as beans and lentils, should be on your shopping list. These are low-cost items that provide substance and nutritional benefits to a variety of meals. These are high in fibre and protein and will keep your child fuller for longer.

Diversify your meat purchases and stock up on meats on sale that can be frozen for later use. Fish, turkey, and skinless white meat chicken are some of the healthiest animal proteins to consume.

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