How Do I Save Money & Eat Healthy?

Here are some wonderful tips by to keep your meals cheap and healthy at the same time! We all sometimes feel like we can’t afford the healthier items in a grocery store, but with careful planning.. we certainly can!

  • Start buying in bulk — Example: bagged apples are cheaper than individual apples
  • Keep a list & plan ahead — Budget experts say that making a list and sticking to it can help save you hundreds of a dollars a year on your grocery store bill.
  • Look for the healthy deals — Dried beans, nuts, whole grains, lean meats and dairy, and herb products and produce are items that you’ll want to stock up on when a sale occurs in your local store. Meats and whole grain products can be easily frozen for use at a later date.
  • Buy generic: You most likely won’t be able to tell the difference between brand name or a generic version!
  • Make sure to sign up for a store card! You never know when you will receive sales from using it!
  • Do not give into buying anything conveniently ready for you (ex. pre-sliced) it will always be more expensive!
  • You can always freeze food items, so instead of making a food item go bad.. make more and get creative on how to use it for different recipes!

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Healthy Shopping Tips

  1. Remember: Healthy foods don’t stay fresh for long– if it can be left out on the counter for long periods of time and it doesn’t go bad then it probably isn’t very healthy.
  2. Shop the Grocery Store’s “Perimeter” for the Healthiest Choices
  3. Check Food Labels for Fiber
  4. Look for Products Without Added Salt
  5. Use Herbs
  6. Choose Quality Over Quantity
  7. Trans fats are not healthy, but there are also other fats to avoid like partially hydrogenated and hydrogenated fats
  8. Adding sugar adds calories without nutritional value
  9. Look for Healthy Protein Substitutes — not just meat!
  10. Healthy recipes and healthy cooking can be fun, experiment with new foods!

These are all very helpful tips found by Ann-Marie Hedberg, MS, RD. For more information visit: http://www.ardmoreite.com/news/x1266607297/Healthy-Minute-10-things-every-foodie-should-know?zc_p=0