Such a wonderful experience seeing the kitchen evolve into a haven of healthier snacks, desserts and entrees. The common question becomes, how to accomplish this task when money maybe tight. It appears that eating healthier is more expensive, right? In this post, I want to share a few things I learned that eased my fears and my pocketbook.
You may not be able to make an overnight change. Start by eliminating products containing high fructose corn syrup, plain white pasta, white sugar, and continue on from there. Take it easy and replace food items one at item. Avoid purchasing pre-packaged meats. If you like chicken in your meals, invest in a whole organic chicken and create multiple meals.
Hydration is an essential part of the body. Your cells need proper hydration to help the body function, especially if you are a caffeine drinker. Check out Harmless Harvest Raw Coconut Water, alkaline water, kombucha, and herbal teas to encourage healthier drink consumption. If plain water doesn't invite you to faithfully drink a liter a day, add lemon, mint or cucumber.
Organic produce is awesome to have on stock, the problem at times is the cost. Whenever possible, avoid the packaging and buy in bulk. For storage, stock up on airtight glass containers. Grains, flours, nuts, beans, grains will be easier to manage in the larger size glassware. This type of storage will help you limit boxed and canned purchases. Get in the habit of buying organic with the "dirty dozen list". The dirty dozen is a list of foods that contain the highest amounts of pesticides. This will also make your favorite produce easier to purchase organically.
Buy generic brands
You don't have to purchase name brands all time. Double check the labels to make sure you're receiving equal quality.
Coupon clipping is another great way to save money. Check out your local circulars for their in-store savings and discounts off your entire purchase. Don't forget about manufacture coupons. These are great for saving on individual items.
Cooking from scratch
I understand, cooking at home can be daunting. One easy tip for preparing meals ahead is cooking and freezing portions of the recipe for another day. In proper freezer containers, you can label and date the dish for easy remembrance.
Limit how often you buy prepared foods. Challenge yourself to eating out for a good reason. Make eating out a treat so that you rely on advance food preparation and cooking healthier meals. If you must purchase on-the-go foods, strive more for the healthier alternatives. Create a "eating out envelope" in your budget, this will help you have money for that special appetizer or entree you've been dreaming about. There are healthy options around Chicago, such as Karyn's and Soul Vegetarian East.
Decide your menu for the week. Decide what new recipe you want to try and your staple dishes. Stock up on cost-effective items such as, broccoli, rice, sweet potatoes, leafy vegetables, oatmeal, beans and fresh fruits. Make sure to include your fridge staples, so there's no surprise trips to the store for juice or butter. While shopping, stick to your list. Eat before shopping to limit your temptation to impulse shop.
The best part of glassware for food storage is that you won't have to worry about any chemicals from plastic getting into your food. Stay within the affordable price range when purchasing your glassware. You don't need to spend $15 dollars on a good glass container. For easy label templates, check out worldlabel, there are various label styles to discover. If you want a more antique flare, visit your local hobby store and design your own label. Everything looks so much better in glass.
Healthy eating is about consistency in minor changes in snacks, drink options, food preparation, portion sizes, plus keeping a variety to entertain your taste buds. Be stern and give yourself room for "giving in". You are at the threshold of your new journey, re-training your mind and taste buds. Enjoy the adventure and be engaged. Discover cooking classes and special food/drink prep workshops. Invite a buddy with you to share the fun. Progress forward each day and week toward a lifestyle that promotes longevity and healing.