Tips for Eating Healthy on a Budget

I have always been aware of the cost of food and my weekly grocery bill, but I had never paid too much attention to how much I was actually spending in any given month. For the most part, I shop once per week and plan my meals/snacks which helps keep the grocery budget under control. I had the occasional Costco trip, Trader Joes run, and those last minute grab a couple of things on your way home from work trips as well.

My husband and I have recently started actually budgeting to try to reign in our frivolous spending. When we were setting our budget for groceries for the month, I was more than sure the amount we agreed on would be more than ample. Well, we are only a couple weeks into this and I have already spent more than 60% of the budget for the month…and that was with trying to be a little more cognizant of spending! I have already learned a lot in the couple weeks we have been following our new budget, and have realized that I’m going to have to get creative for the last couple of weeks of the month if I’m going to stick to this predetermined budget we set! At first I felt discouraged, but to be honest, I’m now looking at it as a challenge. I have decided I’m going to get creative and do my best to stick to our budget without relying on cheap, processed foods to get us through! I plan to do a follow up post on how I end up faring, but for now I wanted to share some of my tips for eating healthy on a budget!

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Product Reviews: Arctic Zero and Halo Top Ice Cream

Lately, it seems one of the most frequent questions we get as dietitians is regarding the “healthier” ice cream options at the grocery store! We recently shared our love for Yasso Greek Yogurt Ice cream bars on Instagram {follow us on IG if you aren’t already}, but lately, we have also been asked about other brands of ice cream on the market! Two of the most popular types available are Arctic Zero and Halo Top. We decided to compare the two and put them through a taste test!

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Food trends: What is teff?

Have you heard of teff before? Do you know the nutritional punch that this tiny grain provides? Today, we are back with another installment of ‘Food Trends’ to talk about teff. We previously looked at Pulses, Monkfruit and Sprouted Grains. You may be seeing this grain even more over the next few years, if you have not already. In fact, next time you are in the gluten free, grain or flour area of your grocery store, look for this product. Bob’s Red Mill carries their own version of the grain and flour, among other brands.

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Like it, Love it, Avoid it: Salad dressings

Happy Thursday everyone! The type of salad dressing to use with salads is one of the most frequent questions I get as a dietitian! On Tuesday, we talked about making healthier choices at a salad bar, so I thought I would continue our theme of salads and talk about our picks for the best grocery store salad dressings.

As you probably know, if you can make a dressing at home, it’s a healthier alternative than most store bought salad dressings – mostly because you can control exactly what ingredients go into your dressing. However, it is nice to have some ready made options available to use at home. Salads can either be a healthy option or be just as detrimental to our healthy lifestyles as a cheeseburger and french fries! And, the type of dressing you use definitely plays a role.

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Making Healthy Choices at a Salad Bar + Sweet Tomatoes Review

Salad bars and buffets are a healthy alternative to a traditional restaurant, right? Not always. Making healthy choices, even at a salad bar, can be tricky. Many times salads served at restaurants are not too far off in calorie and fat content from a burger and fry entree or a creamy pasta dish. Take for example the Oriental Grilled Chicken salad from Applebees- it contains a whopping 1280 calories and 760 calories from fat (Source). On the contrary, the American standard burger contains 1030 calories and 640 calories from fat (Source). Shocking, right?! Moral of the story: just because it is a salad, does not mean it is healthy.

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