Hello darling Flow friends,

Hope this finds you happy and healthy :)

Well hasn't the cost of living just shot through the roof in recent times?! and many of us are starting to re-evaluate how we can get more goodness for less in our grocery basket!

One area where we can all save money is by being more mindful of the food we consume, and in this deep dive today we'll explore the pros and cons of fresh versus frozen foods, share three budget friendly superfood smoothie recipes, and give you a few handy tips on how to directly support Australian farmers on your next shop.

3 cost effective smoothies
3 cost effective yummy​​ super food smoothies

Fresh versus frozen

Fresh vs. Frozen Foods I hear you say?!

When it comes to choosing between fresh and frozen foods I would generally always go fresh, but when berries are exorbitant and other of the stables becoming so prohibitive, maybe its time to give the frozen section more of a chance! Lets explore the pros and cons to each.

Fresh foods are often perceived as the healthier option because they are less processed and contain fewer preservatives.

However, fresh foods are often more expensive, and they have a shorter shelf life. This means that if you don't consume them quickly, they may tend to go bad before your get to use them, resulting in food waste and a waste of money.

On the other hand, frozen foods are often cheaper, have a longer shelf life, and are more convenient since they can be stored in the freezer for a longer period. 

They also retain more nutrients than canned foods. However, they may contain preservatives and have a different texture once defrosted. Some frozen foods may also contain added sugars and salt, so it's important to read the labels carefully.

When choosing between fresh and frozen foods, it's important to consider your budget, lifestyle, and nutritional needs. If you have a tight budget or prefer to stock up on food and prepare meals in advance, frozen foods may be a great option.

However, if you prioritize freshness and are willing to spend a little more, fresh foods may be the way to go.

smoothie time

As promised here are our cost effective, yummy Superfood Smoothies, enjoy!

Superfood smoothies are such a great way to boost your daily nutrient intake, and so convenient!

  • Banana-Berry Smoothie: This smoothie is packed with antioxidants and potassium, and it's easy to make. Simply blend together one banana, one cup of frozen mixed berries, one cup of almond milk, and a handful of spinach. You can add a tablespoon of chia seeds for extra fibre and protein.

  • Tropical Green Smoothie: This smoothie is the perfect meal in a glass, and it's packed with vitamin C and fibre. Blend together one cup of frozen pineapple, one banana, one cup of coconut milk, and a handful of kale. You can add a teaspoon of honey for sweetness.

  • Chocolate-Avocado Smoothie: This smoothie is rich and satisfying, and it's packed with healthy fats and antioxidants. Blend together one avocado, one cup of almond milk, two tablespoons of cocoa powder, and a handful of spinach. You can add a teaspoon of vanilla extract for flavour.

Supporting Australian farmers

Supporting Australian Farmers is so important, we can contribute to our local farming community and help build a sustainable food system for future generations, if we develop more conscious shopping habbits.

Here are some ways that we can directly support our Australian farmers when shopping.

  • Shop at farmers markets: Farmers markets are a great place to meet the faces behind what you are buying, this is the best way to buy fresh, local produce, and create relationships. By buying directly from farmers, you can support their business and help them continue to grow their crops for us to enjoy.

  • Join a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program: A CSA program allows you to purchase a share of a local farm's produce, which you can pick up or have delivered weekly or fortnightly. This helps farmers plan and sell their produce in advance, and it ensures that you have access to fresh, seasonal, locally grown produce.

  • Look for the Australian Made and Grown logo: This logo indicates that a product has been grown or made in Australia, and it helps support local farmers and businesses.

  • Buy in season: Buying produce that is in season is often cheaper and more sustainable since it requires less transportation and storage.

What you do matters

We all know we feel, look and act our best selves when we are eating consciously, I hope todays chat reminds you to eat more fresh or frozen produce, and be mindful of where your delicious goodie come from, making shopping decisions that support your greater community.

Sending you love and blessings till next we meet.

Hollie x

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