Feed The Village
Even if you live alone or have a small family buying in bulk can be a major moolah saver – especially when promos are running. Foods like pasta, rice and oats are easy to stockpile, so if they’re on sale, buy as much as you can afford and store to last you until the next sale. And while we are on this note of “more is better,” when you do cook, cook in large amounts. Eat what you can and then freeze and store the rest for later. Leftovers make great lunches or can be eaten for dinner again on busy weeknights.
It’s Ok To Be Fake
If you are amazed by named brands girl then I encourage you to be a bit more fake from time to time. By buying generic and store brands instead of big-name brands you will instantly save money. In fact sometimes the fake stuff tastes better – this is certainly the case for my staple snack of microwave popcorn.
Cut Coupons Like Crazy
If you have watched television or opened a magazine in the last year then you already know that the coupon craze is everything right now when it comes to saving your coins. I’m always amazed when I watch a segment on my favorite talk show and a stay at home mom boasts “I just bought $200 worth of groceries for 49 cents!?” Think you don’t have time to cut coupons? Well according to the Red Plum Purse String Study (2012), you can save up to $30 each week by using coupons. Hello!? That is $1,600 per year.
Be A Preserving Princess
Another factor that can really help cut down your food bill is adopting the ability to preserve foods for later use. I mean canning actually used to be a huge part of the at home cooking process. So I say you get yourself a set of Ball mason jars and bring back this healthy trend by making your own tomato sauces, jams, condiments, pickles and so much more. Money saving fun coming right up!
Robbie Ann Darby (RAD Experience) is a professional FitGirl, Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer in NYC. Follow her sweaty life on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for more fun health and fitness tips!
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1. Keep These In Your Fridge For Healthy Eating
If you're like me (and you need pointers in order to eat healthy), this list is going to be your saving grace! Sometimes when I go to the grocery store, I end up buying things I don't need or forgetting things that I need for the week. So I tapped George Zoitas, CEO of Westside Market NYC to give me a few tips on what to keep on your grocery list in order to eat healthy everyday. Check out what items made the list.
2. Ready-To-Eat Green Salad
Use a high-nutrient spinach as the base of a salad and top with cherry tomatoes, beans and nuts. Transform this side dish into a meal by adding grilled chicken breast, cooked shrimp or any of your faves!
3. Whole Wheat Pita Pocket Or Tortilla
These are associated with a variety of health benefits including weight control. You can pack the pita or wrap with all of your healthy faves and eat it on the go. Everything that you like on your salad--wrap it up!
4. Low-Fat Dairy Foods
The options here can be yogurt, cottage cheese or a reduced-fat cheese which provide both calcium and protein. Dairy products are also great for snacks or used within meals. These products stretch and can keep you healthy for multiple meals and multiple days.
5. Prepared Pesto Made With Olive Oil
Olive oil has antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties and this pesto is a great way to work it into your diet. But don't just stop at pesto; use on snacks or main dishes too!
6. Almond Butter
Almond butter is considered a “smart fat,” which helps in lowering cholesterol and enhances the immune system. While almond butter has many great properties, make sure you follow the portion size, as it's still high in fat, even though it is the healthy kind. You can use this yummy treat as a snack or you can get creative with it in your main dishes.
Hummus is an easy protein-rich snack that fights hunger and balances blood sugar levels. Yummy on it's own, with your fave veggies or on a pita, hummus is a savory snack worth keeping in your fridge.
Salsa actually low in calories, when you skip the tortilla chips. Use the healthy snack on brown rice, flax or sesame seed crackers instead of the chips and you'll find yourself snacking without the guilt. In the morning try it on your eggs or put it on your salads at lunch or dinner. It's a great condiment no matter what time of day it is!
Some believe that while dieting, eating only the egg whites is best, but it's not; you to leave out all the protein, which is found in the yolk. The yolk protein helps stimulate the release of glucagon, which aids in fat-burning specially belly fat.
10. Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, calcium and iron, all which are great for weight loss. You can put these in smoothies, on your salad or use them to bread your chicken or thicken your soup.
This is a gluten-free grain, which can be savory or sweet, depending on what it is mixed with. As a complete protein source, quinoa is packed with amino acids and vitamin B. Hello health! Cook this up as a side or add some texture to your salad, either way, you're packing in a lot of benefits with one little ingredient.
12. Lean Protein
Having lean protein in your fridge is important because it helps keep you full. Excellent sources of this include skinless poultry, edamame, crab, fish fillets and pork tenderloin.
Bananas are packed with potassium and fiber and can be added to other nutritious foods that aid in dieting, like oatmeal and almond butter. This is one of the best snacks to always have on-hand.
Mushrooms are is often overlooked when dieting, but these "fun guys" help to tide you over in between meals. They also can act as a side or even the full meal, especially if you like portobello mushrooms.
Blueberries are on the top of the list for the fruits with the most health benefits. They have 40% more antioxidant capacity than strawberries, are high in vitamin C and strengthen the immune system! Keep these around to put in your yogurt, on your salad or just to have as a snack.
16. Bell Pepper
Red, yellow or green, bell peppers help in improving the looks of hair and skin, as well as eases aches and pains. Also, due to the high water content, this low-calorie food assists in weight loss. Keep these around for snacks, or cook them up in your meals.