Healthy Family, Healthy Wallet
01/23/2012 12:49 PM
02/07/2012 12:55 PM
Everywhere I go I here people say how impractical it is to eat healthy and although I am partial to eating right, in the world of microwave foods, and $1.00 menus I would have to agree...somewhat! I say somewhat because eating healthy is a choice, one you have to make everyday despite the impracticalities!
Now most moms will tell you that when it comes to food their household has a budget. Why budget? Because food is expensive, all of it! Experts suggest that food costs have risen more than 30% in the last three years! As a consumer I know this to be true, prices for basic items such as peanut butter, bread, and even cereals have skyrocketed and while most moms are spending money on way more than basics the costs associated with feeding a family has taken on a life of its own.
This rise in the cost of food has caused many families to greatly decrease their healthy options, while some have opted out of eating healthy altogether citing it is just "too expensive"! Once again I find myself being partial, not because I don't agree that most healthy options are more costly than foods found in the standard american diet, but because as with anything there are always ways to cut corners and create savings! Let's look at a few tips on how to feed a family healthy foods while keeping a happy wallet.
1.Sales, sales, and more sales - Every week advertisers run sales on healthy food options. Some of the most popular are grapes, strawberries, and cauliflower just to name a few. Occasionally meat items such as chicken breasts and turkey are sold at a reduced cost by the pound. This is a great way to stock up on healthy food options for a much cheaper price. Use any advertisers coupon at your local Walmart who does price matching on any store to include Sprouts and Whole Foods.
2. Discout Health Food Retailers - Yes there is such a thing! Check out your local farmers market, they have GREAT discounts there not to mention you are supporting local farms and small businesses. There are also other retailers like Sprouts and Costco just to name a few. Both places sell healthy, organic, and all natural foods at a fraction of the cost.
3.Choosing One to Two Healthy Meals per week- Not every family can embrace a full fledged healthy lifestyle well at least not at first, but take it slow. Incorporate healthy meal options as alternatives to unhealthy options once or twice a week. Have a meatless day, eat a healthy soup or salad. Make a commitment as family to change breakfast, lunch, or dinner each week in a way that will reflect a healthy meal alternative.
4. Drink water,fresh juices, teas only- Sodas are expensive, 1 20 oz soda costa 1 to 2.00 per bottle and if you are purchasing them in bulk they are even more expensive. One great health alternative is to stop drinking soda and carbonated drinks, focus on water, fresh juices and teas. This will drastically reduce your costs especially since most sodas don't quench thirst but cause you to be more thirsty which in turn causes you to drink more which rises your cost.
5. Eat more fruits and vegetables- Fruits and vegetables are very filling unlike snack foods that lack fiber. Snack foods are similar to sodas in that they cause the consumer to eat more of them to fill themselves up which in turn cause them to purchase more which rises the costs. When you find yourself feeling hungry grab a fruit or vegetable you will be doubling your water intake and filling up all at the same time. This type of eating will reduce your need to eat more often which will reduce the need to purchase more groceries over time.
Well, there you have it, these are just a few tips my family and I use to eat healthy and keep our wallets full. Eating right doesn't have to be cumbersome but it will take precision and knowledge to be effective. Next post I will talk about inexpensive alternatives to working out, trust me it doesn't require an expensive gym membership. Stay tuned and Make it a GREAT mommy day!
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