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Eating Healthy on a Budget

The following tips may help you make better, cheaper meals that taste fabulous and trim your waistline along with your food budget.

–Let go of sodas, juices, soy lattes, alcohol and fancy energy drinks in favor of tap water.

–Buy more Frozen Vegetables because they are just as nutritious as many fresh vegetables because they are frozen shortly after picked. In some cases and particularly during the winter months, frozen may even be fresher than what you’ll find at your local grocery store.

–Package up leftovers for the next day’s lunch or freeze leftovers for later in the week.

–Give up breakfast cereals. You’re far better off with homemade oatmeal or a simple hard-boiled egg with fruit and whole grain toast.

–Limit packaged and single serving foods. The price you pay for one or two packaged sandwiches at the deli could buy the fixings for a week’s worth of homemade lunches.

–Cut out energy bars and drinks. Consider as replacements: an apple, a banana, a handful of dried fruit and nuts, about 3 fig newtons, or cheese and tomato or tuna sandwich.

–Eat out less often. Restaurant food is often full of fat and calories hidden in sauces, oils and butter.

–Share Entrees. Most restaurant portions are massive and far more than we need to consume.