Ramen noodles may be cheap, but they sure don’t offer much in the way of nutrition. It seems that all the affordable foods in the grocery store are pretty bad for you. However, there are ways to maintain a healthy diet for less. It takes some commitment and a little creative cooking nothing you guys can’t handle! Here are a few tips to incorporate into your lifestyle to help the pocket book.
1. Stretch Your Meat – If you are indeed a carnivore, then you know how expensive meat can be. So instead of two chicken breast or eating too much ground turkey in one sitting try and work on the portion size.
2. Make a Shopping List – By planning meals ahead of time and sticking to a shopping list, you will avoid any unnecessary (and unhealthy) impulse purchases.
3. Avoid Processed Foods – Starting with raw materials is not only cheaper, it will cut many preservatives and additives out of your diet. This can only improve your mental and physical well-being.
4. Drink Only Water – Your soda/coffee/juice/alcohol dependency isn’t doing your wallet or your body any favors. Water is the only liquid you will ever need to drink. So, put a filter on your tap and drink without guilt.
5. Buy In-Season Produce – A seasonal produce chart may help you do determine what will be cheapest at the store right now. Buying your favorite fruits and vegetables during the off-season can really cost you some major dough.
6. Shop at the Farmer’s Market – Are you paying gouged prices at your local health food store when you could be getting your food direct from local growers? Check out the local farmer’s market before heading to the grocery store.
7. Clip Coupons – This is an obvious way to save some money on food. However, be sure to only save coupons for healthy foods, no matter how much those Oreos are marked down.
How important is longevity and a healthy lifestyle? Is it worth enough to maybe spend alittle extra on quality foods that don’t affect the body negatively? Post your thoughts and comments!!
Another recipe to try this weekend!
2 lbs grass fed ground beef
1lb mild Italian sausage (You can use chicken or turkey sausage)
1 red onion diced
4 cloves crushed garlic
2 tbsp dried oregano
2 tbsp dried basil
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp sea salt
2 tbsp olive oil
1 28 ounce can of diced tomatoes drained
1 small can of tomato paste
1cup organic black olives sliced
6 zucchinis thinly sliced
In a large soup pot saute onions and garlic in the olive oil for about 3 minutes. Add ground beef and sausage and brown. Season meat mixture with all dry ingredients and add drained diced tomatoes and tomato paste and mix well. In a big lasagna baking dish place a layer of sliced zucchini and then ladle on a thick layer of the meat mixture and top with the sliced black olives. Top meat and olive layer with another layer of sliced zucchini and top with a final layer of the remaining meat mixture. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and back at 350 for 30 min. Let sit for 10 min before serving.
5 rounds, 7 sets
Rest between rounds as needed
Alternating 8 Min. Tabata