How to Eat “Cheap and Healthy”

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Are there ways to eat cheaply and healthy? Absolutely!

1. Buy “family size” packages of chicken, turkey, fish or lean beef. At one time on a few baking trays, coat some with seasoning, others with a sauce, some with dressing and some with minimal spices. Then use in soups, salads, stir frys and sandwiches.

2. It’s cheaper (but more tempting) to buy big bags of snack foods. Invest in a few boxes of snack size baggies. When you’re NOT hungry, portion out servings according to the package and then grab one baggie when ready to snack. You’ll eat less and save more.

3. Eating at home is almost always cheaper and healthier than eating out. It’s usually easier to control your choices… and portions.

4. Serve your meals on smaller plates. Eating dinner out can be expensive and the portions can be enough for at least two meals.

5. When you cook, you control the ingredients used in preparation. Substitute broth, water and seasoning instead of all of the oil, butter and cream used when you eat out.

6. For dessert, a single serving fudge pop has far fewer calories and is far less expensive than an ice cream cone. You can also have a single serving of pudding or pudding pop for less than 100 calories and a few cents.

7. Cook with whole grain pasta (or a low carb version). A box is inexpensive, healthier than regular pasta and you’ll eat much less than the portions served out.

8. Bring a healthy snack to work. For just a little bit of money, what you bring (yogurt, fruit, string cheese, trail mix, etc.) will be far better than anything from the vending machine.

9. Make flavored coffee at home. Think about how much you spend on that fancy coffee concoction each day. It’s hundreds of calories and the price adds up over the course of a week

10. Share an entree or order an appetizer portion. You’ll eat less and save money.

11. Preplan-Bring healthy snacks and water bottles from home if you know you’ll be out for the day. What you’ll bring is almost always healthier and less expensive than anything from outside.

12. Value meals, super sizing and economy sizing don’t save any money if it causes you to overeat unhealthy food and gain weight. You’ll need to buy larger clothes and have higher medical bills as a result of all that “value”!!

How do you eat healthy and save? I’d love to know, comment and share!

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