An easy way to save calories and get your vegetables without even knowing.
When making meatloaf, use oatmeal instead of bread crumbs (for added fiber & nutrition) and add onions, carrots, zucchini, peppers, garlic and any other vegetable you may want to "hide". Some steak sauce, ketchup and worchestershire, along with herbs, makes a delicious dinner with less meat needed.
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Cut back on the beef and pork! I know, I know juicy steaks, pork chops, BACON, ham, mouth watering ribs, oh so yummy cheddar bratwurst, sausage and so on.. The results are astounding when you cut back on red meats/ pork. Now don't get me wrong I am not suggesting that you cut it complete from your diet. Trust me when you eat less meat product and more veggies your body thanks you! You can feel the good it does..strange yes but so good!
Moderation and substitution are the keys! Turkey Bacon, Turkey Sausage(so yummy),fish. Ever heard of Boca?!? Veggie Burgers, veggie chicken patties, sausage, and "beef" crumbles.. they all taste so good and the burgers are amazing! Less fat, Less calories plus you can still eat beef/pork in moderation.
Seriously. If you stock up on staples (whole grains, beans, whole-wheat pastas), and buy in-season fruit and veggies, you will find that you save some serious money. A single serving of meat typically costs more than 2 or 3 servings of veggies and grains!
Of course, remember your portion sizes, and eschew processed (canned/packaged) items for the biggest savings. And yes, there are plenty of ways to get protein without meat/dairy!
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