Eating clean in Singapore is never easy, just think of your hawker centre offerings for a fraction of what you'd pay for a clean salad, or the ratio of unhealthy food options to places where you can eat clean. It seems hard, but eating clean in Singapore is not totally undoable, even if you're on a budget. Here are four key tips to live by.
COOKING IS KEY
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While being able to afford $10 salads on the daily isn't an impossible option, cooking is the most cost efficient way to be able to sustain your clean diet. The great thing about cooking is how you can prepare and cook in bulk, freezing your meals for the entire week, making it less time consuming than it seems to be. Cooking your own meals can be far cheaper than purchasing meals out everyday - you're looking at spending less than $5 per meal.
AVOID PRE-PACKAGED FOOD EXCEPT WHEN NECESSARY
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Clean eating is all about embracing fresh produce. Yes, it is more convenient to pick up pre-cut tilapia fillets or pre-cooked meals you can pop into a microwave, but despite any overt nutritional claims, these foods are usually laden with preservatives and sugars. This ends up not only defeating the purpose of eating clean, but will also be pricier than cooking your own meals in the long run. If you're in a tight pinch, however, there are healthier ready-made options to purchase at the supermarket, like salads and sashimi. Just be sure to avoid unnecessary calorie bombs like dressings.
SHOP FOR YOUR SUPPLEMENTS ONLINE
As compared to retail outlets, online stores dedicated to health foods and supplements often have far better deals, and for lower prices. They also often stock options that you can't find at regular supermarkets, and hold frequent sales. If you worry about shipping, many of these shops have discounted or waived shipping fees provided you hit a minimum amount.
YOU DON'T ALWAYS HAVE TO EAT ORGANIC
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There's a common misconception that eating clean means having to purchase organic ingredients all the time. While that is ideal, it's also an extremely expensive option, and not always the most affordable way to eat clean. Do some research on the types on fruits and vegetables that don't absorb as much pesticides, and don't be afraid to buy regular produce for those options. Another great way to save is to buy house-brand produce instead of name-brand, when it comes to items like soy milk, oatmeal, and such. Getting house brand produce allows you to save a fair bit each time you shop, racking up your savings in the long run.
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