5 Food MythsMy husband sent me this article. He knows me so well...
I want you to please read this article entitled: 5 food myths busted by Dietitians of Canada from the Toronto Star, Jan 14, 2013. And please take note of # 2, # 3 and #5.
EATING WELL ON A BUDGETIs eating healthy really more expensive? To be honest, sometimes it is. You pay a fortune for organic milk when the regular milk is almost half the price. There are many reasons for this and I will not go there. What I do want to talk about, however, is how to eat healthy on a budget without putting a strain on the family budget just because you are on a 30 Day Challenge and are replacing a whole bunch of foods which are cheap, but unhealthy. I know it costs less to have a hot dog at a drive through, but really what nutritive value does it give you? Your belly is full for a short while, but your body is craving usable, nourishing nutrients. Thankfully vegetables that are in season, or grown locally are cheaper and you can load up on those. Try a few you don't usually get, and keep your selection colourful. This subject is quite and extensive one, but I am only going to touch on two things:
- Getting your protein and
- Loading up on Veggies.
Getting your Protein:
MONEY SAVING TIPS:
- Make your meat stretch over a few meals. Last week I bought a piece of steak and used it for 2 separate meals, first one I marinated it in Tamari and used it in a stir fry, and the next meal I made a beef satay soup. Slice your steak in thin slices at an angle and thread through soaked skewer sticks and marinate for a BBQ meal.
- Substitute sunflower seeds for the more expensive nuts. (I got this tip from Mattye Lee Thompson, author of Frugal Raw)
- Load up on the veggies.
- Make a pot of soup. When you have had a roast chicken, make your own chicken stock by boiling the carcass with onion, celery and carrots and your choice of seasonings. You get tasty low sodium broth. Use half of the broth for a soup base and use the other half to add to a stir fry for extra flavor.
- Buy exotic ingredients from small ethnic stores rather than your large grocery store. It is WAY cheaper. I got my Asian ingredients such as Thai spices, fish sauce, coconut milk and coconut oil and spices from a smaller store in an Asian area for much cheaper than the grocery store that I usually shop at.
HEARTY BEEF STIR FRY with PEAR
- Prepare all our vegetables, ginger and garlic.
- In a small bowl marinade your sliced beef in the Tamari sauce, toss to distribute the sauce evenly.
- Preheat your coconut or grape-seed oil in your pan over med-high heat.
- Add your vegetables and stir fry.
- Add your marinated beef and a splash of Tamari if you prefer
- Place in deep sided bowls to serve with chopsticks. Sprinkle chopped pear on top ( this is in place of the sweet and sour sauce) and toss and enjoy. Okay you CAN use a fork if you are not dexterous with chopsticks, but it is not as much fun.
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Melony Teague a freelance writer and columnist who lives in Canada with her husband and two young children.
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