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1/2/18 10:33 P

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Hi Shirley - welcome to SP.

I live on my own, too, and have very limited finances. I am on a Benefit now, but have lived off the smell of an oily rag for most of my adult life .... I am now 63. Do you have any freezer space, and do you have a crock-pot?

If the answer is yes, then here is an easy way for you to make a meal including some in the freezer for those days when you can't be bothered, or are too busy, or even just to help reducing your power/gas bills (and grocery bills)

Chop up a variety of veges (think a rainbow of colour) and put into the crockpot. If you eat meat, dice that and put in. If you don't, then put in some legumes, i.e. lentils (red lentils help to thicken a casserole/stew) kidney beans, cannellini beans, chickpeas, etc. Add some liquid and perhaps some stock, put the lid on and forget. (AFTER you have turned it on, lol!) IF you don't have a crockpot, it can be done on the stove top but you need to keep an eye on it.

You could containerize into single serves and freeze, and keep a couple out for a a couple days. If you want add some rice to it as a side, or have it on quality wholegrain toast. You can make soups like this, too. The trick is to ensure that you are getting a good amount of protein into your diet, and quality carbs.

I do this frequently, and even have roast meats/gravy in the freezer. Sometimes I don't have to cook the bulk of a meal for over a month, and there is good variety in the freezer.

Fruit makes a great snack, as does hard boiled eggs. If you can eat nuts, they also make a good snack. Just make sure that they are unsalted ones. Yoghurt, particularly Greek yoghurt, is also an excellent choice ... as a snack or as part of your meal.

As far as money saving tips is concerned, get some fresh fruit/veges, but remember that tinned or frozen can be just as good. Tinned protein is also generally fairly cheap and healthy. Think of sardines, salmon, chicken, and tuna.

Good luck, and happy /healthy eating :-)

Edited by: SLIMMERKIWI at: 1/2/2018 (22:37)
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1/2/18 3:45 P

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Hi, Shirley !

Welcome to Spark People !

The menus are merely a guideline. The recipes or recommendations aren't set in stone. They are recipes you could try.

As far as what to eat, just start with the simple stuff. How many servings of fresh fruit and veggies do you eat ? For optimum health, a person should be eating 6-9 each day. However, I know that's a lot for many people.

Can you eat 2-3 servings ? What fruits and veggies do you like ? bananas ? oranges ? pears ? apples ? spinach ? broccoli ? sweet potatoes ? carrots ?

Start by eating more the fresh fruit and veggies you do like and can afford. Also, canned veggies count. So do frozen veggies. Frozen veggies are nutrient dense and inexpensive. make some frozen spinach or broccoli with your dinner instead of say fries. think more leafy greens. Have a small salad with lunch or dinner.

Do you like salads ? Have a small leafy green salad (romaine lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, celery, etc) with a bowl of soup. That's simple and nutritious. You can never go wrong eating more servings of fresh fruit and veggies. So why not start there ?

Something else you can do is drink more water. Do you drink tea ? As long as you don't put in too much sugar, drinking tea is a good way to get in your water to stay hydrated.

Tell me, what are you eating now ? Can you describe a typical day's menu ? If you tell us what you're eating, we could help you make those meals more healthy.

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1/2/18 9:18 A

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I was going to eat what is on the meal plans but there is so much that I don't have and I am on limited budget, It seems like you would waste a lot, I am alone, so I can't feed it to someone else. I need structure right now. Not good at meal planning'
Don't be critical. I,m 77 yrs old emoticon

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