Trying to lose pregnancy weight can be hard at the best of times, but even more challenging when you’re on a tight budget.
Planning meals for your family can be a challenge when your dollar is stretched, but luckily there are plenty of low-cost options to stack your trolley with and include in your healthy eating plan during the winter months.


Also this week you can get a 33% discount on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge and instead of paying $69 only pay $44.95.
Plus the EXTRA good news is the next round of the Challenge which is July is the budget challenge AND IT STARTS ON MONDAY 6 July – so even more money to save! See all details here
These ten, affordable foods are nutritional powerhouses, and great options to stock your freezer, pantry and fridge with. Snap them up in bulk if you see them on special!

Canned Kidney Beans

A simple can of kidney beans is a versatile ingredient that can be included in a multitude of dishes. From salads to healthy burritos, stews and dips, kidney beans are a cheap, nutritional powerhouse, loaded with iron, fibre, and protein.

Frozen Peas

Peas are one of the top-selling frozen vegetables on the market because they are a low-cost, convenient and flavoursome vegetable that taste as good as the fresh version. Have some frozen peas on hand in your freezer to add to soups, curries and casseroles when needed.

Canned Chickpeas

Canned chickpeas are another budget-friendly pantry staple that enhances weight loss. Low in calories and high in fibre and protein, chickpeas are low GI and keep you feeling full for longer. Add to soups, sprinkle over salads, or mash with potato for a protein and fibre boost.


Whether you are using dried or canned varieties, lentils are a top, low-cost pantry staple to always have on hand. Lentils can be added to soups, stews and casseroles and are high in protein, high in fibre and low in calories.

Brown Rice

A more nutritious option than white rice, brown rice is low GI and high in fibre, protein, thiamine and magnesium. Brown rice can be bought in large bags at a bargain price. Use brown rice to make healthy fried rice or serve steamed with stir fried lean meat or tofu and vegetables.


Old-fashioned oats can be bought in bulk at a low price point and stored for many months in an airtight container. Apart from being a nutritious, filling breakfast staple, oats can also be used in baking – making cakes, muffins and slices healthier, and can also be added to smoothies for a fibre boost.  Rich in Beta-glucan, oats have been proven to lower cholesterol and improve the health of your digestive tract and bowel.

Canned Tuna in Springwater

Enjoyed at lunch on rice cakes, in sandwiches and salads year round, canned tuna is also a good addition to dinner time dishes like pasta bakes and rissoles.  Canned tuna is very low in calories, high in protein and Omega 3 fatty acids, so is a good choice to include in your diet several times a week.


Rich in calcium, beta-carotene, zinc, fibre and folic acid, fresh broccoli is one of the cheapest green vegetables on the market. This versatile vegetable can be added to stir fries, soups and vegetable bakes, or steamed and served as a side to meat or fish.


Oranges are a top winter fruit to incorporate into your diet. A bag of oranges can be picked up at a bargain rate, especially during winter when they are in season. Packed with fibre and vitamin C, eat oranges as a snack, squeeze to make fresh orange juice or incorporate into desserts and salads. Oranges are thought to be helpful in warding off colds and flus, so be sure to include them in your diet this winter.


While heirloom ‘purple’ carrots attract a high price point, bags of humble orange carrots are almost always in supply at most supermarkets and grocers, and can be snapped up at low prices all year round. Carrots are among the world’s most healthy foods and are high in fibre, Vitamin K, potassium and Vitamin C. Evidence suggests that carrots have cancer fighting properties as well as cardiovascular benefits, so use carrots often in your cooking by adding them to soups, grating them into salads and boiling lightly and serving alongside fish or meat as a healthy side dish.
28 Day Weight Loss Challenges
And if you LOVE these ideas and are REALLY serious about losing weight this Winter then join our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenges
July and August Challenges are ALL Winter themed so we have you covered over the colder months PLUS the July menu is the BUDGET MENU with the entire menu focused on BUDGET meals
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