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If you shop carefully, you can eat a healthy vegetarian diet on a limited budget.
When buying your fruit and vegetables, remember that fresh, frozen, canned, dried and juiced all count towards your 5 A DAY. This means you can include a variety of fruit and vegetables in your diet without breaking the bank.
Find out what counts towards your 5 A DAY.
The following tips will help you get the nutrients you need, while keeping the costs of a vegetarian diet low.
"Preparing and cooking your own meals can be much cheaper than buying ready meals," says Su Taylor from the Vegetarian Society.
"Often we don’t feel like cooking in the evening after a busy day at work. A cheap and time-saving solution is to cook in bulk and freeze the leftover portions.
"It can reduce the cost of each meal and can be a healthier way of making dinners that are quick to prepare."
Variety is the key to a healthy balanced diet. You don’t have to stick to just fresh fruit and vegetables, or buy organic varieties, which can be expensive.
There's no scientific evidence that organic food is healthier. Eating organic is a personal choice and many people do so for environmental reasons.
Remember that fruit and vegetables which are fresh, frozen, canned, dried or juiced all count towards your 5 A DAY, so there are many ways to include a variety of them in your diet at a lower cost.
Try not to waste the fresh fruit and vegetables you have bought. If they've seen better days, don’t automatically throw them away.
You could use up over-ripe bananas with some other fruit, or 1% fat milk, in a liquidiser to make a home-made smoothie.
Wrinkly peppers may not look great in a salad, but you can still add them to cooked dishes to give flavour and colour.
Shrivelled carrots or any other withered vegetables can be used to make hearty soups or stews.
Taking your own lunch into work can help you make healthier choices, since you can decide what goes in it. It can also be much cheaper than buying lunch out.
"Make your own sandwich fillings from leftovers," says Taylor. "Or if you cook the night before, cook an extra portion and take it to work with you the next day."
If you invest in a flask, you could take in home-made soups or stews, which can be eaten with bread.
A well-stocked store cupboard plays an essential part in creating budget-friendly, healthy meals. Here are some ideas for basic ingredients to keep in good supply.
Pasta, rice, noodles and couscous all make very good bases for meals, to which you can add vegetables and pulses.
If you have a window ledge, grow some fresh herbs from scratch. It can be a lot cheaper and less wasteful than buying bunches from the supermarket.
"If you can grow some of your own produce in your garden or an allotment, you could save money," says Taylor.
Get tips on growing your own fruit and vegetables.
Important: Our website provides useful information but is not a substitute for medical advice. You should always seek the advice of your doctor when making decisions about your health.