Save Money While Eating Heathy
You Don't Have to Spend Lots of Money
I used to think that if you wanted to eat healthily you had to spend a lot of money. I discovered that is not true as long as I plan ahead. I plan my meals, stock my refrigerator, and food pantry with items that are fairly quick and easy to prepare. Another way I plan ahead is to cook a big meal on Sundays and make extra for my family's lunches and a quick Monday dinner. The large Sunday dinners are chili with cornbread, stews, casseroles, and nut loafs. They are easy to store for the next couple of days.
Inexpensive meals can be prepared using legumes whether canned or dry. They make nutritious, hearty soups, dips, and burritos. My family loves to eat them up because they taste so good.
Some say the legumes need to be soaked overnight first. Should they be soaked overnight first? That is a debate, and it is up to you.
When the body consumes legumes that haven’t been soaked, the phytic acid binds to minerals in the gastrointestinal tract. As a result, the minerals cannot be absorbed in the intestine, so the body is deficient in minerals. Thus, soaking the legumes allows the body to break down the phytic acid so minerals are absorbed into the body.
I use my crockpot to prepare chili, soups, and stews. It is so easy because I simply add fresh vegetables, spices or herbs, vegetable broth, and cooked brown rice. My family eats them up, and I pretty proud of myself because they taste delicious. Crockpot meals are so simple because eight hours later my family has a main course with a fresh salad and garlic bread.
Using a Rice Cooker
I never go wrong preparing my brown rice because I use a rice cooker. I use one that has a stainless still pot. I stay away from aluminum as much as I can when I cook.
For years researchers have been studying the impending threat caused by overexposure to aluminum, and the possibility of adverse effects on human health. They found some disconcerting results.
Scientist discovered those with Alzheimer’s disease have a high concentration of aluminum in their brain tissue. Through studies prove the possibility of high aluminum consumption is linked to a lowered growth rate of human cells, and potentially harmful for patients with renal impairment or bone diseases.
Organic brown rice is not costly and a great addition to grilled tofu and steamed vegetables. Sure, Brown rice costs more than white rice, but the nutritional value far exceeds the extra nickel or dime I pay per pound. Plus, it is more filling and tastier. To cook rice in a rice cooker is simple. Just one cup of rice to two cups of water is all it takes.
Another inexpensive grain that I prepare and is easy to fix is millet. I cook it like rice or toast it in the oven. By toasting millet, I make a tasty addition to my family's meals. All I do is sprinkle it on other dishes - adding more nutritional value.
I toast millet in a large, dry skillet. I take raw millet and toast it over medium heat for about five minutes. When grain turns into a buttery golden brown with a yummy fragrant, I know my millet is done. I have to be careful not to let the grains burn.
I never discount oats because my kids love oatmeal. Oatmeal makes a great breakfast and my kids add butter, maple syrup, and almond milk. I like the fact that it is quick to prepare, which if perfect for our busy mornings off to school. Oatmeal stays with my kids all morning long. They have told me several times the dish is very filling.
What is your favorite healthy food?
Pasta is fairly inexpensive, and I find it easy to prepare. I just boil the water and add the pasta. While the pasta is cooking, I chop up veggies and tofu. I steam or stir fry them with an inexpensive red sauce or olive oil. Then, I simply chop up a fresh salad, and I have a complete meal.
Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
I always keep fresh fruits and vegetables in the house for everyone to snack on between meals. I have learned from experience that I save by purchasing enough fruits and vegetables to last five to seven days in the refrigerator. Some fruits like berries last three to four days, but we gobble them up quick. Having my family eat fruit and vegetables is by far less expensive than munching on packaged food like chips or cookies. Not to mention, it is healthier.
I hope my ideas have been helpful. I hope you try these different ideas because they might help you formulate your own healthy meal plan that is not too expensive. If so, you are more than welcome to share it with the readers.
© 2016 Kenna McHugh