Inflation is taking its toll on healthy eating habits. A recent report by the USDA found that Americans are eating fewer fruits and vegetables and the economy is partly to blame.
Find out which superfoods are super bargains and adjust your lifestyle so you can lose weight without big grocery bills.
The report was especially disturbing because it showed produce consumption was down in May, which is usually when Americans start eating more fruits and vegetables. Take advantage of spring and summer specials on blueberries and red and green leaf lettuce.
Some vegetables like broccoli and other members of the cabbage family are good deals for every season. They contain loads of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Many studies show that they even lower the risk of certain cancers.
While you may prefer the taste of fresh produce, the frozen varieties have similar nutritional values. Try them in recipes for soup or vegetable lasagna.
Canned salmon and tuna have the same powerful omega-3 fatty acids as the more expensive fresh fish. Make a sandwich for lunch or serve a casserole for dinner.
Some expensive brands of breakfast cereals have names that sound healthy but still contain a lot of sugar. On the other hand, oatmeal is cheap and easy to prepare.
Liquid oils are better for your heart than butter or margarine. Dip bread in olive oil or drizzle it onto your mushrooms. Coconut oil tastes great with foods that could use just a little sweetness. Plus, it’s extremely healthy for you.
Whole foods are usually cheaper than supplements and your body will absorb more of the nutrients. Ask your doctor before taking any vitamin or mineral supplements to see if you really need them.
Stay physically active by taking a daily walk. A Gallup survey showed that exercising is down since the pandemic.
A lack of adequate sleep interferes with your metabolism and may cause weight gain. If stress or worries are keeping you up at night, try relaxing with meditation or a warm bath.
Staying hydrated is important for your physical and mental well-being and suppresses your appetite. Skip the pricey bottled water and get a filter system for your kitchen sink. You can also boil your tap water and chill it.
Grow your own food if you have a backyard. Even if you live in an apartment, you may be able to start a community garden on your rooftop or at your local park. Growing food in pots also works well.
Eating more mindfully will help you enjoy your food more and feel satisfied while eating less. Sit down to eat. Put your fork or spoon down in between each bite.
Food prices are soaring but smart shoppers know how to find nutritional bargains. Aim to eat at least 5 portions of vegetables and fruits each day as part of a healthy lifestyle that will help you maintain your ideal weight while you stick to your budget.