Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Eating Healthy Frugally

I read a great post on nutrition and eating foods we love this morning. She emphasised not stressing as much about what your kids are eating and not to feel guilty if the only way you can get your kids to eat vegetables is to sneak them in. For me, I want les fight at the dinner table. So if that means sneaking in veggies on top of an extra cheesy pizza then I will do it. The kis are happy, they eat it, and they are still getting something good in them.

But those trying to live more frugally it can be difficult having even some healthy foods on hand. It seems that the "junk" foods are often cheaper and easier to come by than fruits and vegetables. If you are lucky enough to have a nice sized yard you can start a garden and frow your own for just a few dollars worth of seeds. Even those living in apartments or in homes with little to no yard space can grow a few things indoors in pots.

Another trick is to buy your foods in season. Apples are at their prime in late summer and autumn. That also means that the prices usually drop. If you are good in the kitchen you can buy your apples in bulk while the prices are low and freeze some apples for later use. In the spring look for leafy greens such as spinach, kale, swiss chard, or romaine lettuce that are coming up. During the summer months cucumbers, zucchini, and peppers are in season. And in the autumn onions, garlic, squash, turnips, potatoes and carrots are abundant.

Make a list of what fruits and vegetables to look for each season will help you be able to stock up for less.


Leah Ingram said...

I completely agree with your tip about eating in season. In fact, a great way to discover how to eat seasonally and locally is a website called Sustainable Table. You should check it out.

Leah Ingram