In recent months, grocery prices have skyrocketed, right alongside gas prices. That’s because the cost of transporting food must be figured into the price. Here are some tricks to pinching pennies at the grocery store while still enjoying nutritious and delicious food.
Eat more beans – Beans are wildly economical and versatile. You can make bean salads, Cajun dishes, Indian dishes, vegetable soup, chili, Mexican bean dips, stir them into wholegrain pasta— the list goes on and on. Your family will never catch on to the fact that they’re eating beans most nights of the week. Beans are high in protein and fiber.
Vegetarian Meals – Eat more vegetarian meals than meatbased meals. This is a great time to stock up on your veggies
and give yourself an extra dose of antioxidants to boost your immune system and fight free radical damage. But be sure you are still meeting your protein needs for the day. This is different for each person and the amount of protein you need can be understood when you know your body type.
Chop your veggies – Spend more time than money. In other words, cruise by the convenience foods—even those that you think are healthy. For example, buy a head of romaine lettuce and cut it yourself rather than buying prepackaged salads. A head of romaine may only cost a little more than $1, but prepackaged salads often cost at least $3.50. Ditto for all fruit and vegetables, plus meat. Buy a whole chicken and cut it yourself to make it last for six meals, including making chicken stock with the bones.
Buy in bulk – This will save you money over several weeks. Sure, you might spend $20 on a bushel of apples this week, but you won’t have to buy them for three weeks. If you had spent $7 per ½ peck once a week for three weeks instead of buying the bushel, you would have spent $1 more for ½ peck less of apples.
Go local – Buy as many local foods as possible. Produce from local farmers is unbelievably cheap, incredibly tasty, and chocked full of more vitamins since it spends far less time being transported to your plate. End-of-season crops you can get right now include broccoli, cauliflower, beets, potatoes, Brussels sprouts, apples and apple cider. If you eat meat, try to find a local farmer. You’ll save money by buying in bulk, and the meat will contain no antibiotics or hormones.
Cook once, eat twice – Most people have no idea what’s for dinner tonight and make something that will be eaten just at that meal. If you can plan ahead, your ingredients will go farther. A whole chicken can make up to 4 meals! First meal chicken breasts, second meal chicken stir fry, third meal
chicken tacos, fourth meal chicken soup made by boiling the remains for stock!
Don’t shop while you’re hungry – You’ll be tempted to stray from your weekly budget with unnecessary items such as potato chips and cookies. Eat a healthy snack like a handful of almonds or a piece of fruit right before shopping.
Don’t Stress Out Over Food – Maintaining balance and stress can be a challenge! For many people, money can be a huge stress trigger. If you find yourself feeling anxious, angry, sad or overwhelmed when it comes to household spending try planning your grocery shopping list by using these budget friendly tips before your next supermarket trip. Make the conscious effort to be in command of the stressors that are in your ability to change. You will be eating healthier, spendind less and creating balance at the same time.
©International Association of Wellness Professionals, 2017
I’m so fortunate to have some of the most inspiring and wise coaches in the world of wellness coaching. I came across this this morning and thought you might enjoy it.
I am a green smoothie lover. Sometimes my busy life and hectic schedule can make it tough for me to sit down for a healthy prepared meal at lunchtime. But generally around noon I’m getting pretty HUNGRY!
Quite often I turn to smoothies to get part of my daily dose of fruits and veggies. 🍎
My kids are smoothie lovers too but to get them to drink a green drink it’s taken some experimenting to get the taste just right. And honestly a slightly sweet, light refreshing smoothie is much more enjoyable than choking down a bitter chunky one 🍋 🍓
Some of my favourite ingredients to add to my smoothies are spinach, kale, cucumbers, avocados, lemon 🍋 , ginger, coconut milk, coconut water, coconut oil, almond butter, chia seeds, flax seeds, and of course fruit 🍑.
I almost always add a ripe banana🍌 cuz there’s usually plenty on my counter and I choose frozen fruit for ease and then I don’t need to add ice. I do find frozen fruit has lost a bit of the natural sweetness tho so be aware of that when you’re adding it in that you may need to balance it with some agave nectar, local honey 🍯 , or dates!
I love the way a good green smoothie makes me feel and in case you’re not aware of the many health benefits here’s a list of my top 5 reasons to include a green smoothie into your day!!
1. Increased Energy! It will revitalize you and invigorate you. Getting a big whopping dose of healthy vegetables and fruit can crank your afternoon low right up.
2. Improved Digestion! Think of all that fiber you’re getting and by blending up the ingredients the nutrients are more readily available for your body to use!
3. Boost Your Immune System! We all know greens are important for our bodies and those phytonutrients will definitely boost your bodies defences against common offenders!
4. Antioxidants! Basically creating an environment in your body where disease doesn’t thrive! Plus boosting your cardiovascular system function by helping lower bad cholesterol. They also hydrate you and give your skin a beautiful glow.
5. Reduce Cravings! Believe it or not but when you consistently make healthier choices instead of processed or refined foods your body naturally starts to crave them! As well when you make healthy choices you begin to program your mind to make other healthy choices!
Don’t be afraid to try out a smoothie loaded with green leafy goodness. Your body will thank you for all those beautiful vitamins and minerals with added energy and stamina to get you too through the rest of your busy day!
My favourite green smoothie
2 handfuls Kale (stem and spine removed)
2 handfuls spinach
1 lemon squeezed
1 frozen ripe banana
1 tsp grated fresh ginger
1-2 cups coconut water (you could also substitute pure apple juice)
1 tsp agave nectar (or more for your preference) not needed if using apple juice
Handful of frozen mango
Blend till smooth. I use my Vitamix cuz you’re gonna need some power to make it smooth and delicious.
(Blog post by Sandra Payne 2019 – Coach in Training at IAWP)