Eating Healthy … and Frugal?

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I have often heard people say that healthy food cost more, I may even have heard myself say that from time to time. This may be true if you are considering ‘healthy’ food to come in a box or package from the grocery store. Many of those items, while they are healthier then there alternatives, still contain preservatives, chemicals and fillers. The best way to be healthy and frugal with your diet is to make it yourself. When you DIY you know exactly what your are eating and you can substitute ingredients for healthier options.

TIPS:
• Try to buy produce when it is in season or a sale item, buy in bulk and freeze the extra
• Growing your own produce is a great way to stretch a buck, there are even some items you can grow from kitchen scraps

• Don’t buy packaged, processed foods … make your own when you can

• Cook large portions and freeze the leftovers for when you need a quick meal

• Cut down on your meat and try some alternative forms of protein. Most people consume more animal protein than they need. In other words, don’t make the meat the main focus of your dish

• Buy only what you need and plan your meals ahead. Try and incorporate some of the ingredients into multiple dishes so you get the most bang for your buck

• Buy ‘no-name’ brands when you can, however some economy brands may be stuffed with fillers and chemicals so check the ingredients first

• Compare unit sizes and prices to make sure you’re getting the most for your money, packaging can be deceiving

 

ALTERNATIVE SOURCES OF PROTEIN:
• Beans and Legumes
• Quinoa, Seitan and Tempeh
• Tofu and Soy
• Nuts and Seeds
• Green Peas, Edamame and Leafy Greens
• Eggs

• If you eat meat, consider adding more fish to your diet. You can purchase frozen fillets (no batter) in the seafood section for about $10 a bag (around 10 fillet/bag) and each fillet has about 20g of protein.

 

HEALTHY INGREDIENT SWAPS:
• Applesauce in place of oil, butter or sugar
• Nonfat greek yogurt in place of sour cream or mayo
• Mashed avocado in place of butter or oil in baking
• Mashed Bananas in place of sugar, butter or fats
• Rolled oats instead of bread crumbs
• Whole wheat flour instead of white flour
• Pureed potato instead of cream for soups
• Less salt, more spices

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Vinegar – Your new best friend

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Vinegar is a great multi use product and it can be found in almost every household. The acidity in white distiller vinegar can kill most mold, bacteria and germs. It is an environmentally friendly cleaning substance that will please any budget.

If you’re anything like me, you hate to waste a good portion of your shopping budget on purchasing a variety of cleaning products. The cost can really add up and the harmful chemicals are not exactly a selling feature for me.

You can clean pretty much any surface in your kitchen and bathroom with vinegar. It’s great for deodorizing drains and garbage disposals. I use vinegar in my dishwasher in place of Jet Dry. It can also be used monthly to break down the soap buildup in your dishwasher.

You can use it in the laundry to help remove stains and odours. It can help bring out your brights and fluff up wool or acrylic sweaters.

There are a number of different ways to use vinegar. You can buy it in large quantities for economical prices and you can save yourself some coin by eliminating some of the cleaners from your shopping list.
For uses, tips and instructions visit vinegartips.com