When you’re on a tight budget, the thought of preparing tasty, healthy meals on a regular basis can seem daunting. Not only is it easy to get sucked in by grocery merchandising tricks, but it’s also normal for most of us to fall into... Read more
Summer is the season for fresh produce—from your garden, the local farmers market, or nearby farms. It can be so tempting to buy in bulk—after all, you've waited all year for the perfect strawberry or tomato—and when you grow yo... Read more
Even if you are not a potato chip and pretzel junkie, you’re probably eating more salt than you realize. Sodium, the main ingredient in table salt, can hide in places you don’t suspect, like in ketchup, frozen dinners, instant hot cereals... Read more
For years, battling high blood pressure meant throwing out the salt shaker and throwing on the sweatpants. We now know that there’s more to the picture.
Exercise and maintaining a healthy weight have always been powerful tools for managing... Read more
How often do you find yourself starving when you get home at night? And how often, as a result, do you grab anything and everything in sight? Why does it seem like we can stay true to our diets so well during the day only to derail when we get home?... Read more
Note to self: the frozen Italian mini-meatballs from the supermarket that I ate at lunch are not a good choice for me. Not worth the calories. The (single) bratwurst at dinner was totally worth it though!... Read more
Meat! . Bacon is my favorite. With steamed then fried Kale. Buy some kale at the store, or grow your own! Cook 3-4 strips of bacon, drain off all but 2-3 teaspoons of bacon grease, then fry and steam the Kale in the same pan, until it wilts.... Read more
pre-cut stir-fry meats, fresh and frozen vegetables, grated cheese, skinless boneless chicken, fresh pasta and canned beans.Cook in batches on your days off.Pack food to take to work.This will decrease your reliance on vending machines... Read more
Even if you cook for only one or two buy the larger packs of meat, larger cans/packages of other foods and you can divide it up by portions or by quantity you usually use at once and freeze the rest or use in another recipe. This is much cheaper the... Read more
Buy a freezer or can your food and plan ahead (like in the old days of canning) - this will give you healthier options and saves money in the long run.Buy meat in bulk from a farmer or butcher - you will know where your animal comes from and have mea... Read more
A Sparkteam for STRICT Vegetarians and Vegans. Vegetarians can be people that eat eggs/dairy. Vegans eat no animal products at all. Come to chat about life or get advice/support from other veg heads!... Read more
According to the U.S. Food Cost Average Report for October 2008, a family of four with two elementary age children can cut about $180 per month from their grocery bill simply by adopting some lower cost shopping habits.Over the last few weeks we have... Read more
Fresh fruits and vegetables serve as a nutritional powerhouse for most healthy diets. Loaded with vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytochemicals, they also help protect against disease. Sure there are small health risks from pesticides, but those are e... Read more
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