It’s never too late to focus on revamping the budget, especially since it can be easy for spending to get a little out of control and cause stress.
With this worry, you may be wondering how you can afford to eat healthy while keeping to your newly-tightened budget. It can seem so expensive.
Not to worry; we are here to help!
For a fun weekend breakfast for the family, try this French Toast Peanut Butter and Jelly at just $1.64 per serving. This tasty twist on classic French Toast removes the calories from the syrup and butter and adds protein from the peanut butter and whole grains from the wheat bread.
Later in the day, try a Wheat Berry Salad with Red Fruit for a great lunch or light dinner for less than $3.00 per serving. This sweet and tart (and affordable!) salad is a perfect nutritional blend of seasonal fruits, grains and vegetables. Which is likely welcome after the indulgences of holidays.
For a hearty slow cooked meal, Sunday Dinner Stew is a great option for $2.14 per serving. Made with four winter-friendly ingredients and minimal prep, this 300-calorie meal will be wonderful for a chilly night.
If you are looking for a healthy meal on the go, or appetizer to take to a holiday party, look no further: the Three-Dip Dinner is an easy plan ahead option. For $3.45 per serving, these dips can be prepared in advanced and served with fresh vegetables or whole grain pita bread.
We know your wallet and waistline might have been stretched this season, and we want to help you get back on track! Budgeting for your healthy choices is easier if you follow the three P’s:
- Plan: Pick out recipes and create a grocery list for the entire week- shopping for the week will save you time and money, resisting the temptation to repeat shop or splurge.
- Purchase: Look for sales, consider generic brands, and eat a meal prior to shopping to reduce impulse buys and stretch your dollar even further.
- Prepare: Take a couple of hours on the weekend to prep for the coming week (i.e. chop up vegetables, pre-cook meats or entire meals, etc)
What is your favorite tip for tasty and thrifty meals?
For more tips on healthy food and budgeting go to ChooseMyPlate.gov.
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