Hello and welcome back for Part 2 of our 2-part blog series on how to save money and eat healthy at the same time. If you’ve already read Part 1 you will hopefully already have started saving quite a bit of money on your grocery bills and also started providing healthier food choices for your family. Part 2 is chock-full of work the same money-saving healthy tips so, without further ado, let’s take a look. Enjoy.
While we enjoy red meat, fish and chicken as much as the next person the simple fact is that these three protein rich choices are also the most expensive in the grocery store. It’s also a fact that eating too much red meat is very detrimental to your health. Frankly, eating too much chicken or fish can be detrimental as well. Substituting these three expensive protein choices with inexpensive, vegetarian protein sources such as beans, eggs, tofu and legumes will not only save you money but are also a much healthier choice. Eggs, as bad a rap as they used to get, are actually an excellent option for inexpensive protein and can be for practically any meal.
If you still want to eat some red meat, chicken or fish experts say that you shouldn’t have more than 20% of these protein sources at any 1 meal. What that means is that 80% of the food on your plate should be vegetable or fruit and only 20% meat. Also, buying larger cuts of meat and then cutting them into smaller portions yourself at home generally can save you quite a bit of dough. For example, purchasing an entire chicken is generally much cheaper than purchasing breast meat or other parts separately.
One of the most expensive things that you can do when it comes to food is to eat out all the time, and it’s also one of the most damaging to your health. Simply put, the reason that food at a restaurant usually tastes so delicious is because it’s been jam-packed with sugar, salt, monosodium glutamate, other flavor enhancers, fat and extra ingredients that are extremely detrimental to your body. If you’re keen on eating out once in a while (and let’s face it, preparing and cooking food on a daily basis can become quite tedious after a while) make sure that you make healthy choices at the restaurant of your choice.
Speaking of restaurants, one of the easiest ways to save money when you’re eating out is to simply order water with your food rather than soft drinks, juices or alcoholic beverages. This is a much healthier option as well and, in most cases, the restaurant will also give you fresh lemon to put in your water which we find quite delicious.
Experts have been saying for years that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. While this may be true the fact is that many people eat some of the worst foods of the day for breakfast. If you start every day by eating 2 donuts from Dunkin’ Donuts or a McGriddle sandwich from McDonald’s you are not only gypping yourself when it comes to nutrition but you’re also loading your body with fat, sugar and salt, a combination that can leave you feeling bloated and tired rather than energized and ready to take on your day.
Limiting the amount of snack foods that your children eat is a great way to save money and also reduce their risk for health damaging diseases like diabetes, arteriosclerosis and much more in the future. Besides that, these types of foods can actually rob your children of their energy while at the same time making it difficult for them to sleep at night. Interestingly enough, a study was recently published showing that children who don’t sleep well at night have a bigger tendency towards obesity.
As we said in part 1, eating a healthy diet today will not only save you money today but will save you money in the future on reduced healthcare costs. Our bodies, like a high-end automobile, need the best fuel in order to operate efficiently and also to lower future maintenance costs. Fresh, whole foods are not only more nutritious but, in general, less expensive and are a much better choice for you and your family then processed foods and fast foods. If you’re truly keen on saving money on your grocery bill you would do well to start moving towards these types of foods and stay as far away from processed foods as possible.
We hope you enjoyed this 2 part blog series and we invite you to come back soon as we are always presenting more excellent information on saving money in all aspects of your life. Until then, take care.