So what if you want to eat a healthier diet, you want to make sure your children eat healthier, but you don’t have the money to buy all organic produce, grass fed beef and wild caught fish? We, as a country, are experiencing very unstable economic conditions and many people find themselves unemployed or underemployed. So, what can you do to improve your diet when you don’t have a lot of money to spend? I’ve had some subscribers ask that very question and I am sure it affects many of you, so felt it was important to address this issue and give you some specific suggestions. Here are the first two tips:
First of all, just decide that you will make the best choices available to you. You may not be able to afford ALL organic produce – not many of us can – at least not all the time. You can, however, try to buy locally grown produce, in season. There are usually farm markets that have very fresh, seasonal produce. If you want asparagus in December, you will pay top dollar! You’ll know what is in season because that is usually what is on sale. You can click the link below and then find your state or region of the country to see what fruits and vegetables are on sale during each season. Also, why not think about growing your own? A vegetable garden is a fantastic way to get the freshest vegetables at the best price.
Some vegetables ALWAYS seem to be a great value – one of the most versatile is cabbage. You can eat it raw (if you have no sluggish thyroid issues) in a slaw, ferment it into a healthy sauerkraut, cook it as a base for a ratatouille type vegetable dish/soup or blanch and stuff the leaves. It is very inexpensive and quite nutritious. Next, don’t discount the lowly potato – white or sweet! While I wouldn’t suggest you eat a lot of potatoes, particularly if you have a weight issue, potatoes have vitamins, minerals and fiber and they can extend a vegetable dish, you can roast them or bake them – just don’t load them up with sour cream or butter – choose salsa, a drizzle of olive, flax, hemp or some other healthy oil instead. And red potatoes have less sugar than russet. Of course, never forget about onions, garlic, celery and carrots. They’re usually on sale somewhere every week. They are nutritional powerhouses, very inexpensive and add flavor, texture and nutrients to any meal they become part of. An extra tip – to keep your celery crisp and fresh longer – wrap it in aluminum foil.
Watch for the next set of tips!