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					Living on a Budget and Eating Healthy
Eating Healthy on a Budget
With Climate Change, Credit crunches, and drought, food prices are
increasing day by day all over the world. We can make our food budget
stretch further by choosing frugally at the supermarket. Before leaving
for your weekly or fortnightly trips to the supermarket make sure your
list is ready and stick to it purposely, you are in charge of your
destiny at the supermarket. You can save money and still have quality.
Set aside time to prepare a meal planner for a week or fortnight, while
preparing your shopping list, include healthy snack ideas as well as your
main meal ideas. Think about the time you shop, day of the week, early in
the morning is the best time to shop in the quiet.
Here a few tips for a guide to healthy eating:-
Limit your intake of junk food and Alcohol.
Drink lots of water. At least eight cups, of water cups per day.
Limit salty and sugary foods.
Avoid eating many foods that are high in saturated fats.
Make a variety of foods, which is the key to eating healthy.
Stock your fridge and cupboards with items that are quick, easy, and
healthy to cook, (yet kind to your purse).
Fresh vegetables and fruits bought in season, to ensure optimal taste and
nutrition, should be bought into the home once or twice a week. Veggies
make great stir-fries and vegetable patties, while fruit is good for a
nutritional snack. Canned or frozen varieties of fruit and vegetables are
quick and easy additions to last minute meals or deserts.
Meat and fish can be kept on hand for last minute meals, shop for
inexpensive cuts of meats that work extremely well in stews and
casseroles. When buying meat, look for your local butcher, lay your cards
on the table with the butcher, and tell him what you re quire. You will
get the freshest cuts, and do not forget to ask the butcher to remove
excess fat from your meat. Sometimes cooking a huge meal is ideal for
freezing leftovers for later use in the week for lunches and quick
suppers. The best ideas double the recipe then freeze half. Do not forget
vegetable trimmings to make your own vegetable stock. Saving your money
and vegetable stock is a nutritious base for casseroles, soups, and
Crockpot cooking.
The best and cheapest way to shop is bulk buying, freezing perishables,
such as meat, milk, and bread in smaller portions to use as required.
Buying non-perishables in bulk is a good for example, canned foods, dried
beans, and grains. Searching the supermarket to find less expensive foods
(generic or store brand goods), on the shelves.
Comparing cost per unit is the best cost saver to come to supermarkets;
you will be able to figure the most cost effective purchase. Take
advantage of specials on staple foods-soups, pasta, rice, canned veggies,
even bread and meat. Many of these groceries have a long shelf life, and
can be frozen for short periods of time.
Cooking on a budget like anything else in life takes planning, involving
new challenges and work. However, the product is always worth the work.
Think of the rewards, better health and more money, all the work will
become an adventure and you will be pleased with your accomplishments.
I am Barb Haynes author/scribbler, I wrote this article because I have
suffered with depression bought on by many different reasons and would
like to give some ideas to people out there that we can help ourselves
and beat depression Living for many years on a budget you can survive and
eat well in these times.

				
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