2016 is right around the corner and many of us have big plans to change our diet and lose all of that residual holiday weight. Although these are awesome goals how realistic are they if we can’t afford the “healthy” food?
Or maybe we have enough saved up to start a new weight loss program but what happens when your car breaks down? or your kid needs braces? or your heater breaks? How will you afford this new diet then?
Is that what happened last year? You started strong but then your money got funny and you couldn’t continue your new program
I hear it all the time!
If you have problems sticking to your diet because healthy food is simply too expensive than these tips are for YOU!
- Buy fruits in quantity
When they are in season, buy fruits in quantity and freeze any extras. You can buy several pounds this way, and freeze extras to have them when the
fruit goes out of season. Wash the fruit well, remove any spoiled pieces, dry thoroughly, then freeze in plastic zipper bags.
- Beans for Protein!
You should use beans a substitute for meat as often as possible. Beans are much less expensive than meat. Try exploring Mexican Cuisine they use a lot of beans in their dishes. Make sure that you use whole grains as well.
The USDA recommends eating beans at least 4 times per week. Don’t worry about getting bored because there are several different kinds of beans!
If you experience gas after eating beans you should try washing them, covering them with water, bringing the water to a boil, then draining it off and refilling the pot.
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- Fill up on foods that have a highcontent of water and fiber!
Beans, Whole Grains, Lentils, Fruit, and Frozen Veggies should always be in the pantry. Not only are they affordable but these versatile foods will keep you full so that you don’t have to go back for seconds. You will save big bucks by eating leftovers vs. making new dishes daily.
- Look for sales and plan meals accordingly.
If your local grocery store offers a savings card be sure to sign up, and check the weekly circular to see what’s on sale. Stock up on your favorite “go to” items and consider planning your meals around what’s on sale.
Ex. If Lean Turkey Meat is on sale than make Turkey Meat Loaf and Whole Grain Spaghetti w/ Turkey Meatballs that week. Two very different dishes so you won’t get bored but you kept it healthy and saved a penny
- Keep an organized fridge and pantry.
This is my New Years resolution for 2016 lol I’m guilty! I pack food up to be eaten later and somehow they end up in the back of the fridge, bottom of the drawer, or in plain site hiding in an aluminum foil ball and I can’t remember what even in there!
What is the purpose of saving leftovers if you never get to eat them?
Labeling your leftovers and creating a section in the fridge specifically for them will minimize food waste.
- Re-purpose leftovers.
If you don’t like eating the same meal over and over, consider re-purposing leftovers into an entirely new and delicious meal. Turn that meatloaf into a sandwich or your leftover salmon into a salad.
Hope this helps!