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    • MSE Martin
    • By MSE Martin 18th Mar 08, 4:36 PM
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    Great Cheaper Health Food Hunt
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    • 18th Mar 08, 4:36 PM
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    Great Cheaper Health Food Hunt 18th Mar 08 at 4:36 PM
    What's it about?

    Whether you've managed to stick to your New Year's Resolutions or simply just like to keep yourself healthy day to day, it's often hard to find health food (and drink) at a price to suit your budget. So I thought I'd tap MoneySavers' wealth of knowledge to share tips on finding cheaper sources of health food.

    Whether it's buying fresh fruit and veg from your local market rather than the supermarket or where to find cheap vitamins or healthy snacks, share your ideas. Or if you have special dietary requirements - diabetes, wheat intolerence, nut allergy - where's a good place to stock up?

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  • nir_mk
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    • 18th Mar 08, 7:54 PM
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    • 18th Mar 08, 7:54 PM
    1) walk past Julian Graves, every month or two they have "everything half-price" sale for a day or two: time to stock up on raw nuts and seeds (and maybe dried fruit?)

    2) If you're after vitamins or omega-3 supplements, keep tabs on Holland and Barrett (by walking past or through their website) they rotate their sales every 3 or 4 weeks. The website always tells you the last date of the current sale, these items are on sale one month in every 2 or 3 so not long to wait. Same applies for their own-brand Whey Powder.

    3) End-of-day reductions at supermarkets are the cheapest way to buy fruit and veg. If you haven't got the patience to wait those out the next best price is frozen veg at ASDA/NETTO.

    4) For small amounts of beans it can be cheaper to buy tins (for example 5 tins of chick peas for 1 at ASDA) for larger quantities buy a 2kg bag of dried beans (ASDA/TESCO) cook, divide into portions and freeze.
    • SallyD
    • By SallyD 18th Mar 08, 8:20 PM
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    • 18th Mar 08, 8:20 PM
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    • 18th Mar 08, 8:20 PM
    I try my best to eat a healthily vegetarian diet, no eggs or fish. Don't be fooled by the fruit/nut bars found in "Health Shops" full of sugar or all those low fat pies and ready mades that have a heck of a lot of nasties in them. Instead, pay a few pence more and buy freshly made ones in places like Haelem Centre in Crouch End/ Fresh n Wild, that if you don't make them yourself. I also try and shop in the small continental grocers for fresh veg and fruit. This week Aldi have boxes of 500g boxes of red seedless grapes. Gone through 3 boxes and not found a mouldy one yet, six red apples ,6 oranges,pack of french beans and bag of spuds all at 49 a pack. Mangoe in Lidl 23p. This could be an interesting thread.
    SallyD
  • sue-y
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    • 18th Mar 08, 9:03 PM
    Asian and chinese supermarkets
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    • 18th Mar 08, 9:03 PM
    Been mentioned by others countless times before but buy pulses, rice and the like in bulk at asian and chinese supermarkets. Herbs and spices at asian supermarkets are miles cheaper, and usually fresher.

    If you see an unmissable deal on fruit or veg buy and freeze. Sometimes frozen or tinned produce are at brilliant value and the freezing/canning process preserves the nutritional value. Good for singletons like me who has watched good food disintegrate before their very eyes . Not very MSE!

    Although Delia backs canned meat I'm not so sure, but if I see a good offer on I might be tempted .
  • StripyPixieSocks
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    • 18th Mar 08, 9:26 PM
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    • 18th Mar 08, 9:26 PM
    Health Food Supplements / Vitamins etc.

    I have bought form this place for a couple of years now... BRILLIANT prices (check it out compared to Holland & Barrett ) and wonderfully fast delivery

    http://www.healthspan.co.uk/default.aspx
  • pensioner margaret
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    • 19th Mar 08, 8:19 AM
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    • 19th Mar 08, 8:19 AM
    If you are buying those expensive probiotic drinks - read on
    It is easy to make your own using Kefir grains.
    Google 'kefir' and learn all about it.

    I had c-diff many years ago and when it comes to gut health, I know what works
  • chivas
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    • 19th Mar 08, 8:49 AM
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    • 19th Mar 08, 8:49 AM
    nir_mk, I didn't know you could freeze chickpeas!

    So if I soaked and boiled a massive vat of them I could freeze some? I prefer them done the manual way, but never actually do it as it takes soooooo looooong...
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  • trickypockets
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    • 19th Mar 08, 9:03 AM
    Don't use supermarkets
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    • 19th Mar 08, 9:03 AM
    Don't buy dried fruit and nuts in small bags in supermarkets. Holland & Barrett are usually a lot cheaper and they often have really good offers.
    • dcf
    • By dcf 19th Mar 08, 9:28 AM
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    • 19th Mar 08, 9:28 AM
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    • 19th Mar 08, 9:28 AM
    I've just looked at H&B prices for brazils and walnuts and they're quite a lot more than at Tesco. In my local Tesco they sell nuts in various parts of the store at various prices - those in the cooking ingredients section always seem to be cheapest.
    • liam8282
    • By liam8282 19th Mar 08, 9:40 AM
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    http://www.healthydirect.com/

    That is the best site I have found for all your vitamins & supplements, way cheaper than any H&B, plus free delivery on all UK orders.

    • lexa34
    • By lexa34 19th Mar 08, 9:57 AM
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  • thatdaftgirl
    Goji berries by another name
    They cost about 5 for 250g in my local health food shop, or even more eye watering amounts for the organic ones

    If you look for Red Medlars, they are about 1 for 150g in the Chinese supermarket (Leith Walk, Edinburgh is my local), which is also great for bulk buying rice and green tea.

    I add them to rolled oats, nuts, rasins, sunflower and pumpkin seeds for cheap home made muesli with no added sugar, salt etc but they are also good added to stir fry and stews
    • Caterina
    • By Caterina 19th Mar 08, 5:46 PM
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    A very good but overlooked and not very much used health food (in the UK) is the Globe Artichoke, which is very rich in vitamins, minerals and fibre, very good liver de-toxer - but here in the UK to buy it fresh at speciality markets it usually costs a fortune (I have seen them at 1 each in Borough Market!).

    Now I have discovered that Waitrose have started selling frozen artichoke hearts for 1.89 for a 500g bag, which is still not very cheap but much cheaper than getting the fresh stuff - probably the equivalent of 500g cleaned artichokes is around 2kg of uncleaned ones!

    I am going to my nearest Waitrose very soon and will report back on how the quality is (but usually Waitrose is great quality anyway!).
    Finally I'm an OAP and can travel free (in London at least!).
  • ruthvarley
    Brilliant!
    This is a great and really useful thread! I've been looking for a reliable online H&B type thing for ages so I'll deffo try those out and post feedback on here.
    I also recommend trying Li'dals for cheap (and sometimes organic!) fruit and veg, also pro-biotic yogurts and tinned beans.

    • MrsBartolozzi
    • By MrsBartolozzi 19th Mar 08, 7:39 PM
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    I think that we should all remember to buy fruit and veg that is in season as that is usually the cheapest, as well as being the freshest/ full of vitamins etc because it has been stored for less time.
    http://www.eattheseasons.co.uk

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  • sue-y
    Grow your own
    Or howabout grow your own? Just started out on this myself, container gardening on my windowsills with tomatoes, carrots, lettuce and herbs.

    Lots of deals on garden stuff at the mo:

    Wilkinsons have 50L bags of compost at 2 for 6, seeds at 3 packs get cheapest free (start around 49p), same with pots and troughs.

    Woolworths have seeds buy 2 packs get cheapest free

    Lidl do really cheap seeds - 29p for thyme

    Currently if you get a catalogue from Thomson and Morgan they also send a 5 voucher. You have to pay post and packing at 1.99.

    HTH.
  • mmmorley
    Cheapest nuts!
    My experience has been that, as long as I buy in bulk (1Kg bags ), my local Asian Cash & Carry beats: H&B; Julian Graves; GNC (owned by H&B anyway), or anywhere else hands down when it comes to:-

    Almonds - roughly 6/Kg vs. 9+ @H&B
    Cashews
    Pistachios
    Sesame seeds
    Tahini

    Sometimes the H&B/etc's offers are more competitive, brazils tend to be cheaper, plus they have wider ranges - mixtures, fruits & seeds.

    I looked at what I bought and then modified my tastes to better suit my budget

    Also remember of course that chillies, garlic, ginger, herbs, spices, sauces, etc, etc tend to be WAY cheaper there than in the supermarkets, plus they're often closer to home AND open fairly late.

    I reckon I must save roughly 5/week all-in!
    • mashauk
    • By mashauk 20th Mar 08, 12:02 AM
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    mashauk
    [quote=sue-y;9460513]Been mentioned by others countless times before but buy pulses, rice and the like in bulk at asian and chinese supermarkets. Herbs and spices at asian supermarkets are miles cheaper, and usually fresher.

    The only problem with bulk buying herbs and spices is they lose their potency and go stale if you keep them too long, not a problem in our house as we get through truckloads. I prefer to grow my own herbs though and freeze them in ice cubes.
    • mashauk
    • By mashauk 20th Mar 08, 12:04 AM
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    [quote=pensioner margaret;9468199]If you are buying those expensive probiotic drinks - read on
    It is easy to make your own using Kefir grains.
    Google 'kefir' and learn all about it.

    I read somewhere that the probiotic drinks were a waste of time anyway, as they didn't contain enough and you'd need to drink so many to get the required amount to feel any benefit.
    • doire
    • By doire 20th Mar 08, 10:05 AM
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    doire
    Boots are doing 3 for 2 on certain vitamins

    I buy the multibiotic vitamins usually 4.99 in my local chemsit for 30 caps. (but i get discount on these)

    My girlfriend is a pharmacist and works for the chain that owns Boots.

    She gets 12% off non-boots brands.

    That means i got 3 tubs of 30 caps for just over 2 each!

    Even without the discount its still a good deal at 3 for 2

    http://www.boots.com/shop/product_list_endeca_template.jsp?classificationid= 1035783
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