Coalition has tips for ‘Eating Better on a Budget’
Published 2:24 pm, Tuesday, January 2, 2018
A new year has started and, no doubt, many people have made themselves a whole lot of promises about eating healthier. Well, the anti-obesity coalition Get Healthy Connecticut’s monthly health feature offers some tips on how to prepare more nutritious food without breaking the bank.
Called “Eating Healthy on a Budget,” the feature is available at www.GetHealthyCT.org and discusses such topics as:
• Get Healthy CT Online Resources
• Tips for Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions
• Hacking Your Snacks
• Make it at Home
• Eating Better on a Budget
• 101+ Ways to Save Food Dollars
• Cheap and Healthy Shopping List
• Monthly Recipe: Holiday Ravioli
• Monthly Health Challenge: Drink More Water
Most information is available in English and Spanish. Direct access is available at http://www.gethealthyct.org/dev/monthly-health-feature/. An archive of previous monthly features is also available.
Here are a few tips from “Eating Better on a Budget”:
— Before you head to the grocery store, plan your meals for the week. Include meals like stews, casseroles, or soups, which “stretch” expensive items into more portions. Check to see what foods you already have and make a list for what you need to buy.
— Check the local newspaper, online, and at the store for sales and coupons. Ask about a loyalty card for extra savings at stores where you shop. Look for specials or sales on meat and seafood—often the most expensive items on your list.
— Locate the “unit price” on the shelf directly below the product. Use it to compare different brands and different sizes of the same brand to determine which is the best buy.
— It is almost always cheaper to buy foods in bulk. Smart choices are large containers of low-fat yogurt and large bags of frozen vegetables. Before you shop, remember to check if you have enough freezer space.
— Buying fruits and vegetables in season can lower the cost and add to the freshness. If you are not going to use them all right away, buy some that still need time to ripen.
— Certain foods are typically low-cost options all year round. Try beans for a less expensive protein food. For vegetables, buy cabbage, sweet potatoes, or low-sodium canned tomatoes. As for fruits, apples and bananas are good choices.
— Restaurants can be expensive. Save money by getting the early bird special, going out for lunch instead of dinner, or looking for “2 for 1” deals. Ask for water instead of ordering other beverages, which adds to the bill.
Get Healthy CT is a community coalition that works in the greater Bridgeport, New Haven and Greenwich regions, providing information about being healthy and local resources to support healthy eating and physical activity through its website (GetHealthyCT.org) and Facebook page. Printed information packets are available in some area libraries, community centers, regional health departments and other locations.