To Eat healthy is a life-style, not a choice. Eating healthy is a conscious decision made with every meal prepared and everything we consume. Education is the key; knowledge is power. It is more important to learn how to fish than it is for someone to give you a fish. Once you learn how to fish, you can get as many fish as you can catch. Learn how to grow your own food, shop for best quality and prices and cook nutritious meals.
To eat healthy foods, especially without preservatives and additives tastes better, provides you with more nutrition and promotes better brain functioning and overall health. Better brain functioning allows you to think more clearly and better health gives you more stamina and energy. Maintaining a healthier life-style can reduce your overall medical bills saving you additional money as well. Money saved is money earned that can be used to eat healthy foods.
Suggestions for parents to eat healthy:
- put pre-cut fruits and vegetables in containers with cold water in the refrigerator so kids have easy access for snacks,
- have children use child safety scissors to cut coupons for fruits, vegetables, whole-grains, whole-grain cereal (both you and the child benefit; save money and better health),
- for younger children, you pre-cut the coupons and the child has to match the picture with the product in the store,
- shop Wednesday and Thursday when most stores run additional specials,
- buy what is in season, Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables, Seasonal Fish
- buy frozen if not fresh not canned it has preservatives and water which you are also paying for unnecessarily,
- shop at ethnic stores (Asian, Indian, Hispanic, etc) prices are generally cheaper and fresher for items used in their daily cooking, also often sold in bulk so you can decide how much to buy rather than buyer prepackaged,
- shop Farmer’s Markets
- prepare and cook using the stove not the microwave, nutrition is retained and overall texture and flavor is better,
- take a cooking class that also teaches nutrition, food combining and budgeting
- search YouTube for visual answers, we learn better wen we see it but even better when we do it ourselves,
- Mindful Eats has additional suggestions,
- Repurpose and Upcycle leftovers (food recipes),
- check out Eating Healthy Because of Food Stamps,
- check out How to Eat When You’re Really Broke ,
- If you need more assistance contact Food Assistance, USA Family.
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