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Healthy Eating On a Budget

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The key to healthy eating on a budget during pregnancy is to be organised – whether you are battling morning sickness, having trouble keeping your eyes open or busy juggling life’s challenges you need to be prepared to be able to eat a healthy diet within your budget.


    • Plan your meals for the week. See King Edward Memorial Hospital's BLOOM packs 1 & 2 (external) for examples of weekly healthy meal plans
    • Write a shopping list based on your meal plan and stick to it. Also make sure you don’t do the food shop when you’re hungry!
    • Keep a supply of staple food items on hand so an easy meal can still be created on a busy day. This can be quicker, less expensive and healthier than a takeaway meal. Some useful staple foods to keep on hand are:




Long grain rice
Rice noodles
Canned fish (tuna/ salmon)
Tinned tomatoes 
Tomato puree
Tinned legumes
Reduced fat evaporated milk
Dried herbs and spices
Baked beans
Onion & garlic
Asian sauces (teriyaki, soy, fish, oyster)

Vegetables (spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, peas, carrot)

Meat / fish / poultry

Low fat grated cheddar cheese

Multigrain bread




Fresh seasonal fruit

Fresh seasonal vegetables


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*Remember to apply the food safety guidelines to the recipes that you cook and eat.


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