Skip to main content

Tips To Healthy Eating On A Budget

Eating healthy on a strict budget has been challenging these past several months and I am always looking for new ideas to stretch our dollar.  We've always shopped clearance items, but more recently we've been stocking up on reduced perishables.  And to reduce wastage and get the most out of our bargain finds we use these steps:

  1. Decide what will be used in this week's meals and set aside.
  2. Wash chop, slice, and dice everything else.  Then package them up in reusable containers and zip lock freezer bags and toss them in the freezer.  We find it best to do them up in portion sizes.
  3. Pull them out of the freezer as needed.

Right now we have a good stock of Smoothie Fruits portioned and frozen, ready to make a quick 1-serving smoothie for Christian before school each morning.  There's pineapple, banana, peach, pear, and cantaloupe.  They freeze great and taste just as delicious in a smoothie. 

I'm very excited because I just read a new tip... "Yogurt close to expiration can be frozen to use in smoothies."   I always see the individual yogurts at 50% off.  They will be the perfect size for Christian's morning smoothie!!

Our newest food bargains came yesterday when we ran up on a clearance shelf.  We got 2 bags jalapeno peppers, zucchini, celery and ginger root all at 50% off.   Millard is going to make some stuffed jalapeno peppers and freeze them.  They're the perfect little side.  The fresh ginger I will peel and freeze so that when I need it I can pull it out, grate a little off, then stick it back in the freezer.  We like to make a lot of asian sauces from scratch and the stash of ginger in the freezer will work out perfectly.  The zucchini and celery will be used up in meals this week.  We also found shredded Asiago cheese in the cooler that was near expiration and also reduced to 50% off.  We stuffed that in the freezer and will be just fine when we need it later.  We've frozen cheese several times before and it tastes just fine in our meals.

I'm always on the hunt for new tips.  Please share any money-saving tips for healthy eating that you may have.


Popular posts from this blog

Banna-Nutella Tortilla Wrap

While standing in the grocery store line last week I was flipping through a cooking magazine and came across this idea.  I thought it was the perfect after school surprise for Christian.

First I spread the nutella on a tortilla.

Then I put a peeled banana on it.

Rolled it up...

...and it was ready to eat.

Christian shared it with his little brother and they both gobbled it up.  A little messy... for Alexander especially, but worth it.

Aztec Blend

I was at the Bulk Barn last week and decided to try out one of their rice blends. It is Aztec Blend #1656. It includes colusari red rice, long grain brown rice, split peas, and amaranth. I had no idea what some of those ingredients were but figured anything's worth a try, right? When I got home I looked up colusari rice & amaranth. Colusari rice is a burgundy-colored chewy rice that has a light nutty-popcorn-like flavor and amaranth is actually an herb.

It was very simple to prepare & actually pretty good. The peas were a little crunchy which added nice texture. I was surprised that both kids really liked it.

My Pinterest Inspired Asian Meal

This is a meal that we had last week that was entirely planned using Pinterest.  Thoe of you who know me well are well aware of my addiction to Pinterest.  Yes, addiction.  It has even been said that I need a Pin-tervention.  :)   I cannot help it though, I not only enjoy looking for recipe this way, but I have found it very helpful in meal planning.  I now even have weekly menu boards created on Pinterest to organize my weekly meal plans.  It has become a great tool.  So I guess you could say that this meal, in a small way, does prove that I actually do make recipes that I find on there. :)   Anyway, I was in the mood for a different kind of bbq meal so I choose to make Asian Grilled Drumsticks, Asian Cabbage Mango Slaw, Tricolor Thai Salad with Zucchini & Yellow Squash, and plain white rice.   Early in the day I put the salads together and because there were so many vegetables it involved a bit of prep work.  Plus l thought it would be a good idea to get the vegetables maridnad…