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Sunday, September 8, 2013

4 Ways To Stretch Your Food Budget... But Still Eat Healthy!

Stretch Your Budget

It's almost impossible today to watch TV or read a magazine without seeing an ad or article about nutrition. Nutrition is the whole process of eating food that nourishes the body. This means eating food that fosters good health and growth in the human body. It's not a complicated process, but finding foods that are good for you that are also inexpensive can be complicated.

Here are four simple ways you can eat healthy foods that will nourish the body, but won't destroy the budget:

#1 - Go Chicken

Chicken is inexpensive and there are endless ways to prepare chicken. But there are some tricks to keeping the cost of chicken even lower. Remember, anytime the butcher does preparation such as skinning or boning the chicken, there is a cost involved. So, the thriftiest way to buy chicken is with the skin on and the bone in. Chicken is easy to skin at home, and chicken bones easily separate from the meat after cooking. Leftover chicken can be made into chicken noodle soup, chopped and added to tacos, turned into casseroles or added to salads. When planning meals for the week, make sure to look past the first meal and see how many more meals you can create with leftover chicken.

#2 - Bring the Beef

Steaks are great, but not something you can enjoy often if you want to stay within your budget. Instead of fillet Mignon or T-bone steaks, try top round, London broil, top sirloin or petite sirloin steaks. The key is in the preparation to make them just as tasty and enjoyable as more expensive cuts of beef. Pounding beef and marinating it overnight will go a long way toward making them tender and delicious. Look for marinade in envelopes that can be mixed with water or try a store brand instead of a name brand; many store brands are very good.

#3 - Toss the Salads

Salads make great meals, especially if they are prepared like restaurant salads. Super salads are low-cost and present great opportunities to utilize vegetables like carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, avocados, broccoli, and other garden vegetables. These are also easy vegetables to grow in your garden for just pennies. If you really want to bulk up salads, add leftover chicken from a previous meal and top it off with low-fat cheese and dressing. Try some of the less expensive store brand dressings to save even more.

#4 - Pass the Pasta

When it comes to pasta, whole wheat pasta may cost a few pennies more than white pasta, but whole wheat gives you far more nutritional benefits, like vitamin E and B, fiber, protein, and healthy fats. To save more money, make your own pasta sauce. The ingredients are very inexpensive, especially if you buy store brand tomatoes, tomato sauce, and spices that you probably already have on hand. You can also serve pasta with chicken breast sprinkled with Parmesan cheese for a hearty, but inexpensive dinner.

Dinner can be more fun when you know it's not going to break the bank. Planning meals carefully, shopping for bargains, and getting the whole family more involved in meal preparation is not difficult, will save you more money, and result in more nutritious meals for the whole family.
DISCLAIMER: The content or opinions expressed on this web site are not to be interpreted as medical advice. Please consult with your doctor or medical practitioner before utilizing any suggestions on this web site.
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