Monday, April 6, 2009

Healthier, Not Wealthier

Some may refer to eating healthy as "eating WEALTHY." The prices of all-natural and organic goods can be expensive. Here are 6 helpful hints to show you what you need to eat healthy on a budget.

You need to make a list and shop alone. Being prepared is always the best policy and children(and sometimes spouses!) can distract you and usually are those drawn to those greasy, salty delights! Going alone will ensure that you stick with the plan, and only buy the foods you need.

Listen, I know we all like our favorite drink at the game. Just order the smallest size available to save money and calories. Remember, as an officer in the Marine Corps told me, "the water you drink today is what helps you tomorrow." Soldiers are REQUIRED to drink a half gallon of water the night before a long hike. STAY HYDRATED! Packing a cooler with water is inexpensive and convenient.
Adults and even children need 8 oz water per hour when active outdoors. Don't forget your pets either!

When certain fruits are in season, buy them in bulk and freeze what you don't use. Make sure to was the fruit thoroughly, discard any bruised or damaged pieces, let dry, then freeze in Zip-Lock plastic bags.

Eating good portions of beans give you protein at a great price. Also, dry beans are cheap and can be prepared easily to feed large groups.
Simply wash the beans in cool water. The water will cloud at first and become clear as the beans clean. Soak them, totally immersed overnight. Now, it's best if you can save the bone from a ham or roast and include it in the crock pot. If there is none available, a slice of bacon, or chicken thighs work well. Add entire contents to crock pot and cook on low ALL DAY LONG!
If the musical aspect of this fruit turns your nose, just add a half of a teaspoon of baking powder (not soda) to the mixture. This will cause the liquid to foam a bit and relieve some gaseous pressure!

If you live near the coast, or have access to local ponds or rivers, make fish a selection in your diet. As a native Floridian, I have had great success fishing in local ponds and rivers. Your area will be unique and have various things to offer. You can research it on the web and find great places right in your neighborhood. It's relaxing, it's something the whole family could enjoy, and it saves a little money in the process.

Fill up on foods that have a high content of water... Watermelon, salads, and sugar free Jello are all great examples. You will never drink or eat too much water! Oh, remember! What goes in must come out! Keep a restroom nearby!

Eating healthy is one thing you can never go wrong with. The truth is, you CAN eat healthy for just a few bucks. Now you know it doesn't take a lot of money to have the health and the lifestyle you always dreamed of!

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