Think healthy eating is an expensive proposition? Here’s a list of ways you can cut corners so you have more cash to spend on quality ingredients, from the new book The DASH Diet for Weight Loss, by Dr. Thomas J. Moore.
- Eat less meat. Beef, pork and poultry are probably some of the most expensive things on your grocery list. Try having more meatless meals that include other protein sources like beans and tofu.
- Get gardening. Grow your own veggies and herbs—not only will this save you money, but will get you out and moving around (an hour of gardening burns about 272 calories).
- Make your own coffee and tea. Skip the Starbucks stop and save big.
- Swap cold cereal for oatmeal. Most breakfast cereals are expensive—oatmeal is a cheaper whole-grain alternative. Cook your oatmeal with skim milk for added calcium, vitamin D and protein.
- Eat at home. Home cooking isn’t just cost-effective, it’s better for you: When you’re captaining the kitchen, you control the amount of fat, salt and sugar you use.
- Skip bottled water and soda. Most tap water is just as healthy as bottled water—use a refillable container so it’s portable. Opt for water over soda to save not only money, but calories (one 12-oz. can of Coke has 140 calories).
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