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Healthy on a budget?

Sunday, July 08, 2018

Hey i'm new to this website and hoping to successfully make healthy changes in my life. As a college student i'm on a tight budget so I've always shopped mostly in the frozen section its seemed cheaper and been something I could just throw in the microwave. Does anyone have any suggestions or helpful advice?
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    Hey girl I have been in the same position. I use to think buying frozen food were cheaper and quick. They are quick but definitely not cheaper. If you do not mind eating the same things most days here are 3 meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

    Breakfast: overnight oats
    you will need to buy:
    Old fashioned or rolled oats
    unsweetened almond milk
    2% or non fat plain Geek yogurt
    Chia seeds
    almond butter
    some sort of frozen fruit (I personally love raspberries)

    In the bowl or container place:
    1/3 cup of Old fashioned or rolled oats
    1/3 cup of unsweetened almond milk
    1/2 cup of 2% or non fat plain Geek yogurt
    1 tsp of Chia seeds
    1/2 tb of almond butter
    1 tsp of honey
    after those things mix it up and last add the 1/2 cup of some sort of frozen fruit (I personally love raspberries)
    I recommend for food safety and to save time make three at a time.

    Lunch: chicken ranch Lettuce wraps
    you will need:
    lettuce (use romain lettuce)
    cooked chicken

    just assemble and it like a taco (really fast to make)
    serving size is 2-3 lettuce wraps

    Dinner: a chicken borrito bowl
    you will need:
    lettuce (use romain lettuce)
    brown rice or quinoa
    can of black beans (rinse the beans before use
    you can either cook your own chicken or buy some healthy cooked chicken
    some shredded cheese (cheddar, Monterey Jack or Mexican style cheddar jack)
    salsa or pico de Gallo
    avocado (optional)

    In the bowl or container place:
    1 cup of chopped lettuce
    1/4 cup of brown rice or quinoa
    1/4 cup of black beans
    1/2 cup of chicken
    1 tb of some shredded cheese
    1 tb of salsa or pico de Gallo
    1/4 of an avocado

    make 3 at a time. so mix in the lettuce the day you will eat it so it won't be soggy but it you don't mind its good. Also, if putting avocado chop it the day you will eat it or it will brown. I also like to mix everything and heat it in the microwave for 1 minute and then add avocado and lettuce. so good warm.

    Hopefully this helps!

    581 days ago
  • POSEY440
    Fresh garden is great this time of year try farmers market emoticon
    592 days ago
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  • RHOOK20047
    Welcome to SparkPeople. We are all here for the same reason, no matter what our personal story is. We are here to help each other to get to that healthy point we want to be in our lives. It is not going to be easy, but it is attainable. Make small goals and they will lead to big successes. You have to make you #1 and tell yourself that you are worth it. And remember you didn't gain the weight overnight and you won't lose it overnight. It takes time, determination, motivation and support. You can get it all right here! If you don't take care of yourself you can't take care of anyone else. If I can help in anyway, feel free to reach out to me! Frozen meals are unhealthy in a couple of ways. They usually use a lot of salt for a preservative so they are very high in sodium. You can do it! We are here to help! Welcome and get active on this site. emoticon
    593 days ago
    Definitely read labels. Not all packaged food is alike. Get a basic cookbook and start experimenting. Frozen vegetables is fine , frozen dinners are not. Double the veggies and fruit. Weigh your proteins, and always measure your fats. Have fun!
    593 days ago
    Veggies are a great way to eat a lot and is healthy. Chicken is also a good way to enjoy protein without spending a lot
    594 days ago
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