- Plan your meals each week: You can check the nutrition facts and create a detailed grocery list; planning helps to avoid impulse shopping.
- Shop for seasonal produce: Fruits and veggies are cheaper during their peak growing seasons.
- Look for generic brands: The ingredients are usually the same as the brand names, but they're much more affordable.
- Avoid eating out: Most restaurants come with extra large portions and price tags to match. Fast foods are typically loaded with excess fat, salt and sugar.
- Eat before you shop: Cut out the impulse buys.
- Frozen vegetables and fruit: Just as satisfying and healthy as fresh; check to make sure there's no added salt or sugar.
- Limit red meat: Eat less expensive protein. Fish, like tuna, has Omega 3 fatty acids; also nuts and beans have a lot of protein, but watch your portion sizes.
- Use newspaper coupons: You'll save over the cost of the Sunday paper.
- Make your own pre-packaged snacks: Buy a large container of raisins, nuts or pretzels and divide up.
- Grow a garden: The veg will be healthy and the exercise is good for you too.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
National Healthy Eating Day
The American Heart Association is honoring National Eating Healthy Day on Nov. 7 with these "Tips for Eating Healthy on a Budget."
For more information, call 1-800-AHA-USA1