For some people, making this year better than the last may include looking for affordable ways to have a more health-conscious menu at home.
Nationally known for her books and newspaper columns at “The Recipe Doctor,” dietitian Elaine Magee created a grocery list to help shoppers know healthier food alternatives worth purchasing. Each item on the list has a cost of about $2 or less.
Inexpensive, healthy food items
Brown rice is the first thing Magee suggests as it can be used for side dishes, rice salads, soups and stews.
Another food item substitute Magee suggests is whole wheat bread and pastas.
Northlanders can also ask a nutritionist at area Hy-Vee grocery stores in Liberty and Gladstone for inexpensive, healthy choices. Those interested can go online to hy-vee.com. Through online dietitian services, visitors can email a nutritionist or look over current dietitian picks. Area Hy-Vee locations also host free educational events covering topics such as shopping for cholesterol health.
“Pears are an excellent source of fiber and have vitamin C,” states the December Dietitians Pick.
Make meals with fewer ingredients
In addition to replacing some foods with healthier options, there are several popular diets that experts recommend for losing weight. One popular diet, Keto, limits one’s carbohydrate intake. According to an article written by doctor Andreas Eenfeldt of DietDoctor.com, a good way to stick to a Keto diet on a budget is to make meals with only a few elements.
“Keep it simple,” Eenfeldt said. “The fewer ingredients you need, the less money you’ll spend on buying them.”
The doctor also suggested buying vegetables that are in season and frozen vegetables other times of year. Eenfeldt also suggests shoppers buying whole chickens and cut them into pieces at home and use the carcass to make chicken broth.
Many carb-cutting diets like Keto require high protein intake. Experts say eggs are an inexpensive way to get that protein. Magee said shoppers also can buy egg substitute, which has fewer calories than regular eggs and also is affordable on a budget.
Plan your meals
Nutritionist Adda Bjarnadottir of Healthline.com said another great way to cut costs is by planning meals. The plan can be used to create a grocery list. Bjarnadottir suggests sticking strictly to the list.
Bjarnadottir also suggests making large portions and using leftovers for sack lunches or in stews, stir-fry, salads and burritos.