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March 11, 2009

Healthy Eating -- Recession Style

Clipping-coupons These days, many of us are more than interested in sharpening our skills at eating well without breaking the bank (pardon the pun).  In our latest FitBriefing, "Eating Well- Recession Style," we take issue with the idea that healthy eating has to be expensive.  A bonus:  Watching your budget might even improve your eating habits!

A couple of tips to entice you to read the whole thing:

  • Use what you already have.  Have on hand any frozen meats, bags of dried beans or any other essentials you've forgotten about?  Inventory (translated: find it) and begin using it.  For more tips, follow the Eating Down the Fridge adventure on Kim O'Donnel's blog for the Washington Post.
  • Keep tossing that broccoli because it turns yellow before you get to it?  Buy frozen instead.  Extra piece of info for today:  Although frozen might not have the flavor of fresh, it's just as nutritious.

Read the complete FitBriefing for more useful tips.  You might also pick up some good tips from the blog Wasted Food, "a look at how America wastes half its food."  'Nuf said.

But lest we think in these hard economic times that we might need to return to the Clean Plate Club, a recent study from Cornell University showed that children whose parents encourage them to eat everything on their plate may be setting the kids up for food struggles.  One way around this without wasting food is to use smaller plates for the kids.  Smaller plates help adults eat less, too.  Indeed, a good investment right now just might be smaller dinner plates.

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Eating healthy can still be affordable. Great tips!

Posted by: Amy Lundberg | Mar 11, 2009 10:19:19 PM

I agree with serving smaller portions to "clean your plate". If my kids don't eat all their food, I take into consideration how much they were served. I usually don't let them serve themselves (they are all under 6 years of age), but guide them. They have also started to ask "can I save this for later?" Of course I have to remember to serve it to them later on.

I also use leftovers to make soup.

Posted by: Renata | Mar 12, 2009 8:50:15 PM

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