Friday, 30 January 2015

Healthy eating and superfoods - expensive versus frugal

These days the teen (Daughter) spends much time soaking up the lifestyles of Youtubers such as Niomi Smart and Zoella. Thanks to them, she knows far more about hairstyles and fashion and make-up than I will ever know or will ever want to know. And not only do these Youtubers have beautiful outsides but they care about their insides too.


Niomi Smart

As a result Daughter is regularly asking for superfood items (some of which I have never heard of) to be added to the shopping list. I'm all in favour of her developing interest in healthy eating but these new-fangled superfoods don't come cheap.

Included in her requests have been: chia seeds, goji berries, quinoa and cacao powder. Agreed, a little may go a long way - you only need a sprinkle of chia seeds on your oats - but as well as the cost factor, many of these foods have ethical issues. For instance, it is claimed that quinoa, once a staple food for its farmers, is now such a valuable crop for export that locals cannot afford to eat it themselves. And what about the food miles? These foods are hardly very local to Wiltshire.

Time to refer back to an article that my Dad sent me a while ago from Which? magazine which includes the following: "Some superfoods (such as oats and broccoli) are cheap, but others (such as goji berries and spirulina powder) are an expensive and unnecessary addition."  Thank goodness for that.

The article goes on to recommend some cheaper superfood substitutions...
  • Kiwi fruit instead of blueberries.
  • Eat sardines rather than salmon.
  • Goji berries can be replaced by spinach (maybe not on top of cereal though...)
  • And wheatgrass (what on earth's that?) for broccoli.
  • Substitute sunflower oil for coconut oil.
...and Which? also gives some medically proven advice on eating healthily:
  • Lower cholesterol - limit saturated fat intake.
  • Get your five a day - fresh, frozen, tinned or dried fruit and veg all count.
  • Eat more fibre.
  • Reduce your salt intake.
  • Cut your sugar intake.
So I'll be sticking with my wholemeal bread, porridge, spinach, dark chocolate, apples and bananas for now, and when I start a Youtube channel to go with the blog and get sponsored by Kelloggs or McDonalds (*jokes*) I'll think about buying the more expensive superfoods.

Nobody wants to argue with the teenager though so I am trying to meet her half way with Aldi's cheaper alternatives...spinach and milled linseed with a microscopic amount of added goji berries...


11 comments:

  1. Have her start to make granola, use nuts sparingly, get seeds and sprout for on her salads ( cheap) buy chia seeds in bulk ( not in packages from health store much cheaper) eat much more vegetables.

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  2. PS Aldi's rocks Sorry this is Angel Mama same comment as above. Use to have a blog and don't use it anymore. I am from the US

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    1. Great tips Angel Mama! I have made granola in the past but that is something my daughter could make and I'm sure she'd find someone demonstrating it on one of her favourite vlogs! We also have a sprouter which hasn't been used for a while too, so could get that back in action. And yes, she could look into cheaper ways to buy some of these items.

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  3. Fairtrade quinoa is available if you want to splash out. Cheers, Liz (couldn't remember wordpress info so had to be anon!)

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    1. When I'm next shopping for quinoa I shall look out for it! Thanks Liz!

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  4. A healthy eating teenager is to be applauded. Just yesterday I was passing the local macdonalds and there were a group of similar aged teens in school uniform going for a mid afternoon snack. I see Aldi have a selection of nuts and seeds by the checkouts to encourage healthy eating.

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    1. I agree, although as well as the healthy stuff our teenager likes the unhealthy stuff (she ate THREE Cadbury flakes yesterday afternoon)...we don't have a McDonalds in our town so that's not an option for my kids but a Domino's Pizza place has just opened with a stone's throw of the school which I suspect is relying heavily on the younger customers.

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  5. Foods have fads like everything else. It's fun to try new things sometimes, but I like your list of more easily gotten food as the subs.

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    1. It's easy to get caught up with the hype, especially for a teenager, so I like to remember the old favourites still hold sway.

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  6. I was thrilled recently to discover that quinoa is being grown locally here in Tasmania. And being that our climate is similar to Cornwall's, maybe you will have an organic quinoa farm near you soon:)

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    1. Now that would be a thing! I think it may be a while before Cornish quinoa replaces the Cornish pastie or a cream tea though...

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