Tuesday Tips – Eating Healthy on a Budget

We’re taking a different approach for this week’s Tuesday Tip. We realize life is not just about working. It’s about living! Sometimes it can be difficult to find a balance when you’re overwhelmed with work, deadlines, etc. So we thought we’d ask our resident health nut Ciera Davis for a few life tips. The result is today’s Tuesday Tip!

3 Ways to Eat Healthy on a Budget
by Ciera Davis, Sales Manager

1. Know what to splurge on and what to save on.  I think that eating organically is so important, especially given the amount of pesticides and chemicals that are sprayed on/injected into our food these days.  That being said, you don’t necessarily need to buy ALL of your food organic.  Here is a link to a pesticides chart that I like to use when deciding what foods are important to buy organic and which foods aren’t,  http://static.ewg.org/reports/2011/foodnews/pdf/2011EWGPesticideGuide.pdf.

2. Buy Seasonal.  If eating organically isn’t necessarily in your budget, try to at least eat only fruits and veggies that are in season.  OR, if you really like your blueberries year-round, then buy them frozen.  Frozen fruits and veggies are a great alternative and often times they are frozen at their peak which is when they have the most nutrients.  Not to mention frozen foods are often times a lot less cheaper than their fresh counterparts.

3. Plan your meals.  Planning out your meals and snacks for the week can save you a ton of time and money.  You will find that once you start planning your meals you will probably start wasting a lot less food.  Wasting less food = more money in your pocket!

Here’s a quick and healthy smoothie for people on the go!

Ingredients:
Almond milk (unsweetened)
Greek Yogurt
1 Banana
Almond butter (a great healthy alternative to peanut butter.  Make sure to get raw and unsalted)
Cinnamon
Agave Nectar
Ice Cubes

Blend together and enjoy!  This smoothie has a ton of protein and fiber to keep your full and energized.