Healthy Grocery Shopping on a Budget (in Australia)

You might know that living costs in Australia are pretty high and grocery shopping can get a bit difficult when you don’t want to spend too much but still want to eat healthy.

First of all you should know two things: 1. Your body is a gift and you should care very well for it, to make you thrive and feel amazing – that’s worth a bit more money and 2. Food in Germany is very inexpensive so it’s kinda unfair to compare it.

But luckily it is possible to eat very healthy and wholesome here in Australia without spending a lot because there are a few tricks, tips and specials to look for!

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If you are interested in my go-to cheap, quick and healthy dinner meals I eat a lot here, check out this blog post!

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Prices

To give you an idea of what price range we are talking about, I wrote down how much I spend on what at the grocery store. When you see the prices you will realise that not everything is extremely expensive here, but some things are – that’s why you need to shop wisely and I will give you tips on how to do so.

I obviously always tried to find the cheapest deals and best offers. Usually, that are the brands that are owned by the grocery store itself, but it also happens quite often that you find great deals like half price or 25% off and most grocery stores also reduce the prices when the food is about to pass the best-before date.

Also, the prices change during the season, depending on where in Australia you are and if you shop in the city centre, in a suburb or in the Outback. My prices list is just there to give you an idea.

  • Kilogram of peas: 2,90$ – 4,50$ (1,90 – 2,90€)
  • Kilogram of apples: 4,50$ – 6$ (2,90 – 3,80€)
  • Can of any beans/lentils: 0,80$ (0,50€)
  • Corn cakes: 1,80$ (1,20€)
  • 200g of hummus: 2$ (1,30€)
  • 4 small whole wheat buns: 2,50$ (1,60€)
  • Green/red pesto: 4$ (2,50€)
  • sourdough bread: 5$ (3,30€)
  • 120g of fresh baby spinach: 3$ (2€)
  • Kilogram of carrots: 1$ (0,65€)
  • 500g frozen veggies (broccoli, carrot, cauliflower): 5$ (3,30€)
  • Kilogramm of frozen veggies (carrot, peas): 1,60$ (1€)

Now that I am actually converting the prices into Euro, I am realising once more that the food isn’t really that much more expensive. I would say overall it’s the same or only slightly more expensive because some products are actually cheaper and some are pricier. But it also depends on what products you are up for (see below for meat and dairy part).

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12$ for this huge box of 2nd choice strawberries that tasted amazing!

Fresh fruits and veggies

If you want to find amazing and fairly cheap fresh produce, you need to go to the markets. Usually there is a market every Saturday/Sunday in most cities and towns and some, like Melbourne the Queen Victoria Market or Sydney the Peddy’s Market, even have a daily/almost daily market.

When you are on a hunt for super cheap deals, you will even find food bags with “not so pretty/not so fresh” produce at some market stalls that are even cheaper and some stalls also do deals like 3 bags of different products of your choice for 5$ and 5 bags for 7$ etc.

It’s also a great idea to go to the market at around 1 hour before they close because then they oftentimes lower the prices or do special deals.

Especially in Brisbane, the market prices were so much cheaper than at the supermarket. A kilogram of bananas at Woolworth or Coles was 4,50$ and on the market, we got them for 2$ per kilo and they were actually ripe which makes it even nicer.

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When you stay in Hostels, you can also be lucky to find some good stuff in the Free Food Shelve that someone left behind – like these amazing blueberries!

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Meat and Dairy

Meat and dairy products like cheese or yogurt are super expensive here in Australia. As I don’t buy that, I didn’t realise it at first but my cousin visited me and complained about the prices a lot :D

  • 1kg of plain Greek style yogurt: 9$ (5,50€)
  • 500g mince meat: 6,50$ (4,20€)
  • 125g ham: 3$ (2€)
  • 250g cheddar: 4,20$ (2,70€)

Of course you can find some cheap deals but usually, the prices are really crazy – so it’s better to eat vegan guys!

I always don’t understand how (and why) the people in the hostel afford all that meat and dairy they eat… but probably they just got to the point where they don’t care because they just want to eat it :D Very glad that I don’t have these cravings and now that I shop for myself and only have the food I want to buy, I eat so much healthier and so much cleaner (more wholefoods instead of processed food) because I don’t want to afford the vegan substitutes (even tho I crave them sometimes :D )

Also, it’s crazy that the Aussie’s just looove to BBQ and do it all the time even though the prices are so high…

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Vegan substitutes

In the supermarket, you can find a lot of great vegan options like cheese, burger patties, a lot of different almond or coconut yogurts, many kinds of vegan milk, ice cream and even complete meals.

I would say the prices are pretty similar to Germany. Products like that are always a bit pricier, but not like crazy.

  • 4 vegan sausages: 6$ (3,80€)
  • 500g coconut yoghurt: 6$ – 8$ (3,80€ – 5€)
  • 4 burger patties: 3,50$ (2,20€)
  • 300g tofu: 3$ (it’s cheaper at the Asian market! – 4$ for 800g)
  • 500g coconut Ice Cream: 6$ (at Aldi! or around 10$ at Coles)
  • 500g falafel: 5$ (3,20€)
  • 1l almond milk: 1,50$ (0.90€)

I think especially the price for the coconut yoghurt is extremely good! Cheaper than in Germany and they also have so many more options, brands and flavours. Even Coles has their own one now, but the other brands taste better :P

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Eating out

Is another great thing as a vegan here in Australia! There are so many options, most places offer vegan meals and especially in the bigger cities and towns, you find a ton of awesome restaurants/bistros/cafés that have vegan and healthy (or not healthy) food. So many things I want to try, so many options, so much great stuff and the best: it is not more expensive than eating out in general as eating out is pretty expensive anyways :D

But! It doesn’t has to be suuuper expensive if you look for good lunch deals, go to bistros instead of real restaurants or take the takeaway option (it’s only sometimes cheaper).

In the beginning, I was very afraid of going out and spending a lot of money on eating out and I tried to avoid it, but I know that it makes me happy, I want to enjoy my time here and for me good food is worth it!

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If you want to see more of What I Eat here in Australia, head to my Melbourne or Perth What I Eat in a Day blog post! Or follow me on Instagram and watch my stories :)


What food-related blog posts or videos would you be interested in? Please tell me in the comments!

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Healthy Vegan Treats – Quick & Easy

It’s quite a while ago since I posted a recipe on my blog. So today I decided it was time again and I want to show you healthy vegan trats that are made super quick and easy so you always have some good snacks on hand when you crave something sweet and/or chocolaty.

I really love snacks and I could always munch on something while working on my laptop. I try to be satisfied after every meal, but I just have such a sweet tooth and I always want dessert after having a savoury meal… I try to resist is sometimes, but I rather have some „healthy“ treats here and there to satisfy my desire.

I’m sure not everybody agrees with me when I say these recipes are healthy, but they definitely are better than regular stuff: free from industrial sugar, low in fat and without white flour, but they still taste amazing!

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Chocolate ’nana Muffin

– 1 tbsp shredded Flaxseeds + 3 tbsp warm water
– 3 ripe bananas
– 1,5 tbsp maple syrup
– 1,5 tbsp applesauce (without added sugar)
– 1 tbsp coconut oil
– pinch of vanilla extract
– 1 tsp baking powder
– 1 tsp baking soda
– pinch of salt
– 1 tbsp unsweetened (raw) cacao powder ( I use this product*)
– 5 tbsp buckwheat flour
– 1 tbsp dark chocolate chips

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  • mix the flaxseeds with water and let it sit for 5-10 minutes
  • mash the bananas and mix all ingredients to a smooth dough
  • bake for around 15 minutes at 190°C

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Chocolate Cookie Dough made with Chickpeas

I eat this cookie dough for breakfast most of the times because it is the best post-workout meal! But I always end up having leftovers as a snack later.
I have to admit that it doesn’t taste like real cookie dough because you can’t taste the sugar crystals and the greasy butter, but it’s still super yummy – you just can’t expect it to taste the same.
I got this recipe idea from kichererb.se but I never followed her instructions completely and rather experiment myself.

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– 1 can of very well rinsed chickpeas (save the chickpea water to make other yummy recipes like my healthy crunchy muesli!)
– about 8 pitted dates (soak them in plant milk overnight if they aren’t smooth)
– 5 tsp unsweetened (raw) cacao ( I use this product*)
– a little bit of plant milk (depends on consistency)
– pinch of vanilla extract
– optional: 3 tsp chopped dark chocolate, cacao nibs, nut butter, cinnamon, chopped nuts, shredded coconut…

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  • mix everything with a high speed blender and add whatever extras you like/have on hand
  • I never make the same cookie dough and always add something else every time

I love dipping apple slices into it or eating it with fruit!


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Chocolate Bliss Balls

I always wanted to make my own bliss balls because you can literally see everyone making and eating them. I just mixed together everything I thought would fit and taste and they came out so so yum!
– 12 soaked dates (in just as much plant milk to cover them overnight)
– 3 tsp chia seeds
– 2 handful of nuts (I used a variety of different ones we had)
– 3 tsp unsweetened (raw) cacao (I use this product*)
– 3 tsp shredded dark chocolate
– cacao nibs
– 6 tbsp spelt flakes (or oats)
– optional: coconut flakes to coat your bliss balls

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  • soak the dates and chia seeds together in plant milk overnight
  • mix all ingredients in a high-speed blender and add the spelt/oat flakes in portions to vary depending on the consistency (it needs to be very creamy but not too sticky)
  • wet your hands with water, take small portions and roll your bliss balls
  • coat them in coconut flakes (sadly we didn’t have any…)

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Hemp-Apricot Bliss Balls

My grandma once made me these yummy bliss balls that have slightly different ingredients than usual bliss balls but they tasted amazing! I really love dried apricots anyways and hempseeds also are high in protein and very healthy!

– 150g dried apricots (not sulphurated! and try to find very creamy ones)
– 100g oat bran
– 100g hazelnuts
– 100g hempseeds
– plant milk depending on consistency
– optional: shredded coconut or more oat bran

  • mix the apricots in a high-speed blender with a little bit of plant milk and slowly add the dry ingredients, depending on the consistency add more milk
  • wet your hands with water, take small portions and roll your bliss balls
  • coat them in shredded coconut or oat bran

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Always keep in mind that it is better to have a proper snack or meal than to stuff yourself with „healthy treats“ because you are hungry. These treats are made for dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth but not to fill you up!

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You could, for example, have a piece of bread with avocado and tomato, a bowl of porridge with fruit or (vegan) yogurt with fruit and muesli. These things will fill you up more and won’t make you hungry for more (like treats tend to do!).
You should also think about what you could improve in your eating routine so that you stay full longer and don’t need to have snacks in between. But that also depends on yourself because everyone has different preferences with how they separate their meals. Some only have 2/3 big meals a day, others like to eat more frequently but smaller portions – for me it depends on my day and what I am up to.


More treats:

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This dessert doesn’t look healthy at all – but it is! Made of silken tofu it is the perfect creamy vegan chocolate mousse. Only takes 10 minutes and 5 main ingredients to make and it’s so good, while still being healthy and high in protein as well!

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Treats don’t always need chocolate to be super delicious! These fruity little muffins are prefect to use up ripe bananas and very handy to take with you wherever you go!

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Cakes can be „healthy“ too! If you use cane sugar instead of white industrial sugar, buckwheat or other wholegrain flour instead of white flour and plant butter/oil even your favorite cake can be made healthy (or at least healthier!). I collected my all time favourite vegan cake recipes here!

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I recently made my favourite raspberry banana bread with frozen blueberries instead and it tasted amazing – so creamy, moist and fruity!

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But if you prefer the combination of chocolate, banana and peanut butter, I got you covered as well!

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Ever tried brownies made with sweet potato? Super delicious! I can highly recommend trying it, especially when it’s still warm!

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Probably my favourite treat ever! So so creamy, fruity, crunchy, not too sweet and warm – I really need to remake it with different kinds of fruit: Baked Plum Crumble


What treats do you like to make when you crave something sweet but still want to stay healthy? Are you going to try one of my recipe? What are your favourite treats?


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What I Eat in a Day #18 | Sushi Dates & Healthy Breakfasts

Der Sommer läd mit seinem ganzen frischen Obst und Gemüse – saftig, aromatisch, süß und wirklich reif – einfach dazu ein sich gesund zu ernähren. Denn auf Süßkram und Fettiges kann man bei diesen Temperaturen getrost verzichten und sich lieber auf eine leckere Wassermelone stürzen. Wem geht das auch so wie mir?

Aus diesem Grund wollte ich mal wieder ein What I Eat in a Day im Sommer mit euch teilen. Allerdings wird es hierbei nicht nur um einen Tag gehen, sondern ich möchte euch zeigen, was ich eigentlich täglich esse und wie ich mich einfach gesund und größtenteils vegan ernähre.

In meinen Instagram Stories könnt ihr fast täglich mitverfolgen, was ich esse und euch vielleicht auch ein paar Ideen und Inspirationen mitnehmen – genau wie in diesem Beitrag!

Frühstück

Meine erste Malzeit des Tages nehme ich oft erst recht spät zu mir, da ich vorher Sport mache. Das ist zu einer richtigen Routine geworden und ich fühle mich damit so gut!

Danach gibt es dann ein ausgibiges und wirklich riesiges Frühstück. Meist bestehend aus einer großen Schüssel Porridge mit Haferflocken, Buchweizenflocken, Flohsamenschalen, Chia- und Leinsamen, Proteinpulver, heißem Wasser aufgekipt und dann noch Pflanzenmilch. Darüber kommt ganz ganz viel Obst, wofür ich meist noch eine 2. Schüssel brauch, weil gar nicht alles in eine passt :D und evtl. noch Mango-Lupinenjoghurt und mein selbstgemachtes gesundes crunchy Müsli darüber.

Dazu esse ich frische Wassermelone und trinke Kokoswasser oder Wasser mit Limette und Minze aus dem Garten.

Nach viel zu langer Zeit habe ich auch mal wieder meine klassischen veganen Pancakes gemacht und mich buchstäblich neu in sie verliebt! Nach dem Urlaub werde ich auf jeden Fall wieder öfter welche machen.

Und auch einen grünen Smoothie mit gefrorener Banane, Spinat und Grünkohl aus dem Garten, Apfel, Gerstengraspulver, Moringa-Pulver und Kokoswasser mache ich mir gerne für den Vormittag während meiner Schreibtischarbeit.

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Im Sommer gibt es keine besseren Snacks als frisches Obst und genau deshalb bin ich der Meinung, dass diese Jahreszeit ideal ist um eine gesunde Lebens- und Essweise zur Routine zu machen. Denn wer zieht diesen süßen, fruchtigen frischen Bonbons schon richtige Bonbons vor?

Bei dem ausgibigen Frühstück reicht mir zum Mittag dann etwas Leichtes. Gerne auch kalt, wie zum Beispiel frischer Salat aus dem Garten mit Tomate, Paprika und Gurke mit einem Dressing aus Hummus und Leinöl und dazu ein Wrap gefüllt mit Rote-Beete Hummus, Gemüse und Kidney Bohnen oder auch einfach nur zwei Brote mit Aufstrich und Salat. So bekommt man viele Vitamine über frisches Grün!

Zum Abendessen gab es bei mir in letzter Zeit unheimlich oft Sushi und ich kann mich nicht beschweren! Bei Sushi-Freunde gibt es über die WM nämlich ein Special Preis von 14€ für All you can Eat und dieses gibt es auch zum Mitnehmen. Witziger Weise bekommt man dabei eine Platte auf die so viel passt, dass man das im Restaurant niemals essen könnte und so habe ich mir mit meinen Freundinnen zu dritt zwei Platten geteilt und wir haben nicht mal alles geschafft :D

Auch mit meinen Eltern habe ich diesen Monat dort zwei Mal gegessen und wir waren zum Zeugnisessen beim Asiaten, wo es ebenfalls Sushi gab.


Was sind eure Sommer Gerichte? Wovon bekommt ihr nicht genug und was gibt es bei euch an heißen Tagen zu essen?