Save Money While Eating Healthy
Evaluate how much money you are spending on items such as soda (regular or diet), cookies, crackers, prepackaged meals, processed foods, etc. Every penny counts in this brutal economy. Check out our tips for saving money while eating healthy.
- If you regularly eat bread, baking your own bread can be a great way to cut costs. Plus you can make it all natural, with no preservatives or unwanted additives, and freeze what you don’t need right away. Or you can substitute bread to crackers or matzo flat bread. Each saltine cracker has 13 calories. Check out also healthy bread recipe.
- Frequent your local farmer’s market. Visit your local farmers market for the freshest food in season and is going to taste better. If you care about your health or the health of the planet, there are reasons to support local farmers; you’re supporting less-toxic food production while getting the best-tasting food.
- Frozen produce is just as nutritious as the fresh stuff, because freezing locks in nutrients. You can freeze vegetables and fruits in summer time or just buy it in local market for $1-$2. Frozen is a great way to have fruits and vegetables in winter time. Frozen veggies are just as versatile.
Saving money at the grocery store doesn’t have to be time-consuming. Having a well-planned grocery list gets you in and out of the store quickly. Check out also “DIRTY DOZEN” fruits and vegetables.
- Choose 2 different oil, one for frying like corn oil (commonly used for cooking, corn oil also contain vitamin E and ubiquinone (Q10)) and other one for salad like olive extra virgin oil (Olive oil is one of the healthiest fats on earth with a high Omega-6:Omega-3 ratio).
- Eat ground chicken or ground turkey breast instead of ground beef. These are much lower in fat. People should not consume more red or processed meat average which is about 17 oz (500g) a week. Red meat has an increased risk of bowel cancer.
- Many sauces and condiments are surprisingly high in sodium and sugar. Look for sugar-free varieties or make your own. Replace mayonnaise and other high-fat condiments with fat-free options like salsa. Check out also simple basil pesto recipe.
- Buy cereals and cereal bars that are high in fiber. Use berries, dried fruit, or nuts to add sweetness to your cereal. Eating dried fruit and nuts together makes a very filling snack.
- Buy strong-flavored cheeses like Parmesan, so that you can use a smaller amount without sacrificing taste.
- The healthiest yogurt choice is low- or no-fat plain yogurt. Buy plain yogurt and add fresh fruit or jam. Make your own vegan ice cream.
- If you buy juice, make sure it’s 100% fruit juice and not a “juice drink,” or do your own that will help you to lose weight and be healthy.