Families that want to find a way to eat a more healthy diet without breaking the bank should rethink how they use meat. Last week Adrienne of The Rich Life on a Budget, one of my readers and blogger friends, commented on my post about the expense of healthy eating. She pointed out that one of the major food expenses is meat and that if we treat meat as a side dish or condiment rather than as the main focus of the meal, we can eat much more healthfully and much more inexpensively. Adrienne said that shifting the focus to grains and vegetables is a healthful and inexpensive way to eat. According to this article on MSN, "Americans are obsessed with protein, but it's the one nutrient we actually get too much of." Since we're getting too much of it, cutting down on meat consumption seems to be one of the best ways to save money.
Processed snack foods are also an unhealthy way to bust your budget. Shona of LALA dex press, another of my blogger friends, commented that reaching for the real food rather than the processed imitation one is another way to save money and your health. She says that apples are a much better snack than "Juicy Juice." The above MSN article also pointed out that "the most inexpensive snacks are also some of the healthiest." Foods like raisins, popcorn (not the microwave type), carrot sticks, pretzels, cheese, and bananas are much healthier and cheaper than a box of those prepackaged "100 calorie" snack foods where you are paying for empty calories and a lot of packaging and advertising.
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