Mar 13

Healthy food is too expensive

How many times have you heard that comment?

For many years now I have watched every program on the TV that is about healthy eating, lifestyle and dieting.  Nine times out of ten the biggest complaint is that people can’t afford to buy healthy food.  I am not going to say that all health foods are affordable as clearly not all of are, but the basics to our diet are more than affordable.  

When I was growing up (I am probably older than most of you reading this), I didn’t know anyone that was over weight. Slimming Clubs and Gyms didn’t exist in memories of my childhood.   In those days we ate meat and vegetables, that was it.  The most adventurous dish I remember was cauliflower cheese and that was only on special occasions.  Looking back at old photographs I see fit, healthy people of an average weight.  In those days people walked to their jobs and schools, in those days people ate food cooked from scratch, in those days obesity wasn’t an issue.

Mixed Salad

Writing this post has been on my mind for some time, yesterday I decided to do a bit of research on my own that I could share with you.  I headed into Carrefour this morning (cheapest place to source the ingredients I needed).  I do prefer the Farmers’ Market on the Terrace which would have yielded all the ingredients at a slight higher price but I can assure you this salad would have tasted better. Work constraints restricted me from visiting this week.  Back to the matter in hand, I decided to make a mixed salad containing, mache leaves, spring onions, cucumber, celery, cherry tomato, green pepper and sweetcorn.  My total spend came to 16 AED, preparation of this salad took me 10 minutes.  Time constraints is another excuse people are using to not be able to eat healthily. This salad will last us two days, this evening it will be served with herbed papilloute Nile perch.  Tomorrow it will be served with marinated chicken thighs.

The receipt to prove it

You can find more information about The Farmers’ Market on the Terrace via their Facebook page. Remember, it doesn’t always break the bank to be able to prepare and eat a healthy meal.  



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  1. Thank you for sharing these! Those prices seem unreal, but I’ll still check out Carrefour for reasonably priced produce.

    1. thanks

  2. wow! healthy budgeting and cooking all in one go hihi 🙂 two thumbs up for you mama!

    1. why thank you Diorella 🙂

    • Razena on March 14, 2017 at 8:52 pm
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    You’ve just reminded me how expensive laziness is 🙁

    1. More than possible Razena, there are plenty of options out there.

  3. Great example. I personally believe that it is possible to make delicious, healthy food on a reasonable budget with a bit of planing, organisation and inclination.

    • Mafaza on March 18, 2017 at 11:41 pm
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    I agree healthy food is not expensive and it’s easy to make too.

    1. I agree, I am sick of hearing people complain about the price of food.

  4. Really good job here! There are so many misconceptions about good food or should I say sustainable food in UAE! Price is one important part!

    1. very true!!

  5. This is a great reminder to put away those excuses!

    1. very true!!

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