Eating healthy can get expensive. With the price of food these days it pays to plan your meals and make a food shopping list. Don’t put any junk food on your list. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be expensive. In this article you will be introduced to a few simple ways to save money while eating healthy.
Going shopping alone will accomplish two things. First you will get some alone time. Second children and spouses are usually the ones requesting junk food. So whenever possible go foods shopping alone and only buy the food you need from your list.
Milk instead of soda
Adults and children need milk and milk products on a daily basis. Low fat milk, low fat chocolate milk and low fat strawberry milk are high in calcium for healthy bones and healthy teeth. Milk is also a good source of protein. The sugar in the syrup to flavor the milk is nothing compared to sugar in soda. Switch the whole family to milk, not only is it cheaper than soda. You be eating healthy, because milk is good for you.
Snack on Fruit
Fruit can be expensive until you compare it to potato chips and pretzels, and cup cakes ECT. You can get plenty of delicious healthy fruit for far less money than those fat laden sugary cakes and candy.
Buy fruit when it is in season and save even more money. A quick little tip my mother taught me. No one ever takes the bruised piece of fruit from the fruit bowl or the refrigerator at home, so before it gets spoiled, cut the bruised spot away and dice up the good part and freeze it for a healthy frozen snack or add it to you whole grain cereal in the morning.
Meat, Poultry, fish and Beans are the best sources of protein. Beans are a good substitute for meat on occasion. The USDA recommends eating beans at least four times a week. You can add beans and vegetables to your favorite soup for a healthy inexpensive meal.
Get the family in the habit of having a salad with their meal. A salad with green leafy lettuce and vegetables with a low fat, low calorie dressing is a healthy way to start a meal. If you start making your own dressing with olive oil and different flavored vinegars you will not only be eating healthy but you will start to look forward to your salad before you meal.
Desert or snack
After the evening meal instead of having desert wait a little while. When you are looking for that evening snack you can have your dinner desert. Something that has high water content is easy on the digestive system and won’t weigh you down. Watermelon, or sugar free gelatin with a little whip cream are good healthy evening snacks.