Hi there and thanks for stopping by at Thrifty Wholesome. My name is Johanna and I am a twenty-something years old conceptual designer currently based in Munich, Germany. I am also a passionate health foodie and hobby food waste reducer. I believe that healthy living does not have to be complicated or expensive but can be made simple and affordable when putting one’s mind to it. I created this website to share some of my favourite affordable recipes as well as some tips and tricks on how to minimize the fuss and cost of living a healthy lifestyle.
As a student I am a big fan of a good bargain and I have to admit there are few things that make me more excited than organic chicken being on special at my local grocery store. But even if you have a bigger budget, you may not want to spend hundreds of dollars on superfoods and fancy kitchen equipment in order to live a healthy lifestyle. And I believe you don’t have to.
The best and in fact real superfoods can be found in the vegetable and fruit section of your supermarket or even better at your local Sunday farmers market. They are accessible, affordable and mixed with a little creativity they make for super delicious meals. You can find my personal staples list here.
Having lived in 4 different countries in the last five years, I have often had limited access to kitchen storage space and equipment. The majority of my recipes are therefore super simple to make and do not require a lot of tools. For most of my salads, a knife and a chopping board will do (though, I do have a habit of omitting the latter, fiddling around with my knife in the air chopping vegetables – a technique I do not recommend if you value the integrity of your fingertips). I made a list of my essential kitchen tools here. Apart from not owning a lot of kitchen equipment I am also an incredibly impatient cook and you will unlikely find any recipes on here that take more than 20 minutes in preparation.
But thrifty does not only mean watching your spendings when you buy groceries and kitchen equipment. For me, the term also includes making other smart household choices that keep food waste down and your bank balance up. Whether it is using vegetable cut-offs and left-over chicken bones to cook stock or making a face mask of coffee grounds mixed with honey, I am always trying to bin as little food as possible. This is not only good for your wallet but also for the planet.
… and wholesome?
I believe it is up to everyone to define for themselves what ‘healthy eating’ means. As long as you steer away from processed, refined and sugar-loaded foods and include lots of fresh vegetables in your diet I think the rest (i.e. whether you choose to eat animal products or not for ethical reasons) is of minor importance. Personally, I have made the decision to eliminate sugar from my diet and started eating paleo-inspired meals at the beginning of 2014 (you can read more about my personal food philosophy here) and have felt great ever since. Thus, most of the recipes you will find on this website are sugar-, gluten- and dairy-free. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
If you have any questions or suggestions please feel free to send me a message here – I would love to hear from you.
Until then – Happy thrifty cooking! – Johanna