Saving money does not mean you need to short change your families health. Stretch your food dollar by planning your meals and some creative preparation.
Some Tips On Saving Money On Food Are
Think about how you spend money on food, plan meals and snacks around what you have stored in your freezer or cabinets. Make sure you have the staples available to prepare those meals for that week or keep a running grocery list on your refrigerator or computer.
Look for recipes that will use meat items multiple times (leftovers) some examples might be cooking less expensive cuts of meat with a cooking method that will tenderize them such as soups, stews, braised meats and crock-pot meals. Also serve meals with vegetarian sources of protein, such as beans, lentils, split peas and legumes. These food choices are inexpensive, high in fiber, low in fat and very nutritious. Eggs are good sources of protein. Don’t forget canned fish and chicken these are great for sandwiches, salads and casseroles.
Save money and the environment on juice and bottled water. Whole fruit is a healthier option than juice. Try to purchase fruits and vegetables that are in season at a farmers market if you have one nearby, or better yet grow your own if you can. Frozen is the next option then canned should be your last option. Canned food has salt and preservatives in them sometimes.
Prepping Your Foods-
Think like a pro when prepping foods. Save time in the kitchen by prepping your foods for the week.
Trim and clean all vegetables. To save time chop onions for several meals at once. Buy ground beef in large size portions. Then when you get home cook and brown them up into 1 lb increments, then freeze so you have them ready for many dishes.
Double or triple recipes when you have time to cook and freeze them in meal sized containers. So when you have a busy day you can just pull a healthy prepared meal out for your family to enjoy.
Don’t toss out leftovers! Use them in your future meal plans or serve them for lunch the next day. Leftover veggies can be used in omelets, soups or stews. Leftover chicken can be used in burritos, soups, salads and casseroles. Leftover rice can be used as a a fried rice meal with some leftover veggies and meat. Overripe fruit can be used for smoothies. Overripe bananas can make banana nut bread, pancakes or muffins the same goes for leftover pumpkin!
Purchasing Groceries With Knowledge-
Grocery store shelves are stocked like never before, they have never been packed with so many items and things to choose from as they are now. Grocery stores are setup to entice you with quick foods that might not necessarily be good nutrition choices.
When shopping eliminate purchasing unnecessary items. Stick to your grocery list and weekly meal plan. Stay away from the isles that an itm is not on your list this may cause you to impulse buy! Make sure to go shopping when you are not hungry or to rushed. Limit shopping trips