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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Some cool ideas to save money and eat healthy in 2013

How you can save money and eat healthy in 2013



We all think that eating healthy will cost more. This is not a real truth. You can save money and still have quality. If you’ve been using cost as an excuse to eating junk, you can kiss that excuse goodbye! With a little organization and creativity, you can have the proverbial champagne when cooking on a beer budget.

There’s no magic formula to cooking on a budget. Like anything else worthwhile in life, it takes a little planning, creativity, and work. But if you think of the rewards—better health and more money—you’ll find it’s worth the effort. To start, here’s a quick review of basic tips of healthy eating. Here are some tips to do this:

 

1. Advance planning your meal


Make sure you plan a head for making your grocery list, and shopping—tasks that are most often shortchanged in food prep. Think about the time of day, day of week, and even week in the month that you shop. Generally, the grocery is the least busy early in the morning, in the middle of the week, and on any day but the first day or two of the month.


2.  Buy no name/brand stuff


Look high and low (literally) to find the less expensive generic or store brands on grocery shelves, often very similar to higher-priced brand names though packaged under different labels. Stores deliberately place the highest-priced brand-name items at eye level, but if you compare the cost per unit, you’ll be able to figure out the most cost-effective purchase. You can even try your own taste tests— blind, of course— to see where you can save money without sacrificing flavor.


3. Buying Less Salty and sugary stuff


Limit salty and sugary foods


4. Fatty Food


Avoid eating and buying many foods that are high in saturated fats.

5. Variety eating


Make “variety” the watchword of your eating


6. No Junk food


Limit your buying junk food and alcohol. This way you will save lot of money saving and have no junk in house.

7. Check web for good deals


Don’t be afraid to surf the internet for recipes that use specific ingredients (plug the ingredient in as a keyword of your search), since you can often get good buys on breads, meats, and other items marked for quick sale before they go bad.

 

8. Eat more Beans and lentils

 

Both are good for nutritious, hearty soups, and can be a main course with the addition of fresh vegetables or rice.


9. Brown Rice

 

 Brown Rice is a great addition to leftover meat and veggies. Although brown rice is slightly more expensive than white, the nutritional payoff is well worth it.

10. Eat more Millet


This is very easy to mix grain and is best when bought fresh. Simply rinse and toast before using it in recipes.

11. Make Healthy Pasta


This is quick and easy to prepare, and can be paired with veggies, meat, or a fresh salad. You can use whole-wheat pasta whenever available.


12 Try some Healthy Soups


Soups can’t be beat for nutrition and convenience, especially since you can use canned or packet soups as your base, then add your own veggies and leftover meat.

13 Fresh vegetables and fruit


They should be bought at least once or twice each week, preferably in season, to ensure optimal taste and nutrition. You can also rely on canned/frozen varieties as handy additions to last-minute meals. Veggies make great stir-fries and vegetable patties, while fruit is good for a quick nutritious snack.

 

14. Meat and fish

 

They can be kept on hand also for last-minute meals— try the newer tuna and salmon pouches, and shop for inexpensive cuts of meat that work well in stews and casseroles.

15. Condiments


They add flavor and interest to your dishes. Keep a selection of dried herbs, spices, curry powder, marinades, vinegars, tomato and soy sauces, along with stock cubes, in your cupboard.

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