Don't be swayed by claims like 'fat-free' and 'only 50 calories'. Look for what they don't tell you and try to compare them with similar products to make sure they're not giving the misleading impression that they’re healthier than they really are.
Some 'healthy' ready meals are high in salt - sometimes higher than the standard version. Low-fat desserts can be full of sugar. Don't assume household brand-names or economy packs compare favourably with supposedly 'healthier' foods either. Often foods marketed at slimmers are not very nutritious.
The healthiest food you can buy is simple, fresh fruit and vegetables. Anything that doesn't come with a label because it doesn't have to is best. Fresh ingredients won't list their nutrients, additives or boast that they're good for you because they don't need to!
Give your food an extra kick. If you're bored with your dinner, then you'll either eat too much of it, or eat too much of something else after it, so the best idea is to not get bored in the first place.
Here are a list of some of the healthiest budget friendly foods that you can dress up into delicious meals!