Eating Healthy on a Budget – Effortlessly Stretching Your Food Dollars

There are many ways of eating healthy on a budget. Being creative can help you save significant amounts of money while eating healthy foods.

Eating healthy on a budget is possible even when you are seeking the best foods to eat to lose weight naturally. The trick is to know which foods to choose then look for bargains that will allow you to stay within your budget.

Save Money On Chicken

There are excellent articles available on the Internet on how to process a whole chicken into more usable parts to help you save money.

The costlier pieces of chicken such as boneless skinless chicken breasts are more expensive because of the additional time a butcher must invest to cut them.

Save the butcher’s time and you save money. It’s a simple concept.

The savings to be had by cutting your whole bird into smaller portions such as breasts, thighs, and drumsticks will save you money for each bird you process yourself. Multiply your savings by buying a few birds when on sale. Each bird bought on sale that you process yourself will magnify your savings.

Such simple tactics will help you eat healthy on a budget.

Turn Waste Into Delicious Foods

Even the “waste” products such as skin and bones that remain after you have removed the choice cuts of meat can be boiled down to make a rich broth.

You can use the broth for chicken soup or to flavor other dishes. You will be surprised how tasty beef recipes can be when combined with chicken broth.

The nutrients found in rich, thick chicken broth is not found in other foods Americans typically consume. The broth can be frozen in an ice cube tray so small quantities are readily available for flavoring rice or pasta.

These chicken flavored side dishes go well with other chicken entrees such as boneless skinless chicken breast recipes, oven baked chicken breast, or a baked chicken drumstick recipe.

They go exceptionally well with oven baked whole chicken. This elegant meal will not break your budget yet is perfectly fine to serve guests.

Such monetary savings and tasty meals will assure you are eating healthy on a budget.

Raw Health Food

Raw foods such as uncooked vegetables and fresh fruit are plentiful and inexpensive at certain times of the year. That is the time to stock up on them to assure you can continue eating healthy on a budget.

Many of the available vegetables such as potatoes, squash, turnips, rutabagas, etc. will store in a cool, dry place such as a root cellar for many months. With this manner of storage many of the raw food enzymes, vitamins, and minerals will be preserved.

Canning or freezing vegetables results in many of these nutrients being lost. This is particularly true of the raw food enzymes, which are easily destroyed when heat is applied. Yes, this is true even when freezing vegetables.

Before placing your vegetables in the freezer you must “blanch” them. Blanching vegetables means immersing them in boiling water for the express purpose of killing the enzymes. If blanching is not performed the enzymes will begin digesting the vegetables while in the freezer.

Allowing enzymes to remain in the vegetables when frozen for extended periods of time results in unpalatable foods.

The delicate raw food enzymes are only available from raw vegetables and fresh fruit. That is one of the quandaries of raw food eating plans that must be overcome for folks living in areas with short growing seasons.

Eating healthy on a budget can be accomplished with a modicum of effort. However, it has the same hurdles to overcome as any healthy diet plan when quality food availability is taken into consideration.

Dale Heil, D.C.