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My top tips for gut health on a budget

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When it comes to changing the way we eat, access and budget is just as important as knowledge – and I know depending on where you live, you might be limited by the range of plant-based foods available to you.

But don’t let that get in the way of your Diversity Diet goals! We can all benefit from eating more plants and there are tens of thousands of different types out there that should be celebrated – across fruits, veg, wholegrains, legumes, nuts and seeds, herbs and spices.

Sure, there are pricey veg shops, but they’re absolutely not essential.

Here are my top tips…

  • Tweak the recipes based on what you have – don’t let a few ingredients stop you from making a dish. Work with what you’ve got!
  • Make the most of in-season fruit and veg. How do you know? They’re usually the cheaper ones or are on special.
  • Consider bulk-buying online, particularly of cupboard staples: a diverse range of wholegrains, legumes, nuts, seeds. Top up on tins!
  • Why not have a go at growing your own fresh herbs (or even some veggies if you have any outdoor space!) – buy once, feed for a whole season
  • Frozen veggies are underrated – they’re a great cost-effective option
  • Get a friend on board with the Plant Points Challenge and split your shops
  • Cook in batches and freeze half the portion – most fruit and vegetables last several months in the freezer
  • Prep your own snacks, like homemade crackers and hummus – super easy to make for a fraction of the price