Saturday, May 16, 2015

9 Ways to Save Money on Healthy Food



I love healthy food but sometimes it is expensive. These are a few tricks I use:



Buy Frozen Berries: Fresh berries are usually expensive, especially when they are out of season. Frozen berries cost much less and they’re just as nutritious for you. Plus, with frozen berries, you don’t have to worry about eating them before they go bad.



Buy Quick Oats:
Instant oatmeal is great in a pinch, but buying a huge canister of quick oats is a much more cost-effective option.  You can make your own quick oatmeal by using 1/2 cup of quick oats, put them in a Tupperware container, and add hot water and let sit for a few minutes. Instant packets are often packed full of added sugars (and calories!). Try mixing in honey or fresh or frozen fruit. 

Too pricey: Vegetable chips
Smart swap: Kale chips

As a salty snack, homemade kale chips are a great swap to expensive veggie chips. And at less than 50 calories per cup, they’re just a fraction of the calories as the store-bought stuff. While they do require some prep work, kale chips are incredibly easy to make. Just spray washed kale with cooking spray, season with sea salt, and bake at 350° for about 15 minutes. They taste just like potato chips!

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Too pricey: Lärabars
Smart swap: Nuts and dried fruit

Lärabars are one of my favorites snacks, but buying them every week definitely takes a toll on my budget. Instead, I eat dried fruit, like dates and prunes, and nuts, like almonds and walnuts, and save my Lärabars for a special treat. Eating dried fruit and nuts together makes a very filling snack that also satisfies my sweet tooth.

Plan a week's worth of meals
When it comes to saving money at the grocery store, much of it happens before I even leave my house. Typically, on Sunday afternoons, I take the time to meal-plan for the week.

Look in the fridge
The first thing I do in my meal-planning process is take stock of what I already have in my kitchen. I take the time to move things around in the refrigerator and cabinets to see what I have on hand. Most of the time, I am surprised by what I find—a jar of marinated artichoke hearts, a can of pinto beans. Instead of buying these items again or letting them go to waste, I incorporate them into the coming week’s menu. Make sure you use the vegetables or things that go bad, early in the week instead of at the end. 

Look at your schedule
Before I visit the grocery store, I look at my calendar as well as my husband’s for the upcoming week and create meals around when we will be home for dinner. We typically plan a meal for each night at home and make sure to take into account meals with lots of leftovers—like casseroles or large slow cooker soups. 

Stock up on staples
Sure, you’ve heard of the “make a list and stick to it” tip when grocery shopping. It’s a great piece advice, and I usually keep it in mind. However, I also make sure to stock up on my favorite products when they go on sale. My husband and I plow through peanut butter so when they go on sale, I make sure to buy them even if we haven’t run out yet. I know that we’ll use these items at some point, so I might as well stock up and save a little money.

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Freeze it
Did you know that you can freeze a lot of vegetables and fruit? I like to cut them up and stick them in plastic bags and throw them in my freezer. So when you get a lot of some produce or it is going to go bad try freezing it. Some of my favorite things to freeze:

Red Peppers
Green Peppers
Onions
Green Onions
Mushrooms
Zucchini
Broccoli
Peas
Berries of all kinds
bananas
apples
oranges
pineapple
kiwi
mango
peaches
nectarines
cherries
Pumpkin 
Squash
Corn


Happy Healthy Eating! 

-Kristen-


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Friday, May 8, 2015

Egg White Enchiladas

These are basically glorified egg white omelets, stuffed with veggies and topped with enchilada sauce, avocado and cheese. Prep them ahead and bake when ready to serve,
Perfect if you are trying to eat healthier! 



Egg White Enchiladas

Ingredients:

3 cups egg whites or egg whites from 18 large eggs
salt and pepper, to taste
cooking spray
1 tsp olive oil
1/2 cup green onions
1 red pepper, diced
1 green pepper diced
2 tbsp cilantro, chopped
1 cup of chicken, cooked and shredded
1 cup of salsa
2 teaspoons of curry
salt and pepper to taste
1 1/2 cups grated reduced fat Mozzarella Cheese
1 cup of enchilada sauce
1 medium avocado, diced

Directions:

Pour 1/3 cup enchiladas sauce on the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

In a medium bowl, whisk the egg whites, and a pinch salt and pepper. Lightly coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and heat the skillet over medium heat. Add about 1/2 cup of egg whites, swirling to evenly cover the bottom of the pan. Cook until set, about 2 minutes. Flip and cook the other side until set, about 1 more minute. Set aside on a dish and repeat with the remaining eggs until all your egg "tortillas" are cooked and set aside. Should make 6.

Heat oil in a medium non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add green onions and both peppers. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Add cilantro, chicken, salsa, curry, and season with salt to taste. Cook about 5 more minutes. Remove from the heat, and mix in 1/2 cup of the cheese. 

Divide the mixture between egg white "tortillas", about 1/3 cup each and roll, place each seam side down in baking dish. Top with remaining enchilada sauce and remaining cheese, cover with foil and bake until hot and the cheese is melted, about 20 to 25 minutes.

Serve with avocado. 

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Slow Cooker Balsamic Pot Roast


Looking for a new Post Roast? This one is delicious and full of flavor! Sunday dinner is going to be a good one! YUMMY!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Healthy Slow Cooker Turkey Chili


I really use my slow cooker all year round! This Healthy Slow Cooker Turkey Chili is perfect for a busy sport filled night! Your kids will love it!

Friday, April 24, 2015

30 Summer Activities to Keep Kids Active



This summer, my goal is to do something fun with my kids 3 days a week - if not everyday! We are going to set up a plan and I will let them fill the calendar. We are so excited for summer! 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

One Pan Creamy Spaghetti



This is perfect for a fast, quick meal, and you only have to use one pot! To make it a little more healthy, add lean ground sausage, whole wheat noodles, and add only a little cheese on top. Hope you love it as much as we did!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

My kids love asparagus, but they love it even more when it is wrapped in bacon! If you are looking to go a healthier route, try using lean turkey bacon, it will still work, you might just have to cut each piece of bacon in half because they are so thick! 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Easy Summer Salad Recipe


Looking for a great lunch or easy side dish for dinner? This Easy Summer Salad is just what you are looking for -  and it is healthy!