I had to post a second time today,because I forgot to mention how excited I am about Obama’s Health Care Reform passing!!!
It’s about time this happened! Go Obama 🙂
I promise, promise, PROMISE that it is possible to eat healthy on a budget. I, like many people I know, have been doing this since college and am doing it even more so now, (while trying to save as much money as possible for my upcoming travels). I have done my research in finding the cheapest (but still healthy) foods and will share with you here…
Top 10 Healthy/Cheap Foods:
1. Brown Rice
1 serving= 1/4 cup dry rice
price per serving = 18 cents
nutritional info per serving = 170 calories, 2g fiber, 4g protein
2. Whole Wheat Pasta
1 serving = 2 ounces dried pasta
price per serving = around 24 cents
nutritional info per serving = 200 calories, 7g protein, 6g fiber
3. 100% Whole Wheat Bread
1 serving = 2 slices
price per serving = around 18 cents
nutritional info per serving = 120 calories, 6g protein, 3g fiber
4. Nonfat Greek Yogurt
1 serving = 6 or 8 oz container
price per serving = about 89 cents
nutritional info per serving (6oz) = 150 calories, 14 g protein!
5. Old-Fashioned Oats
1 serving = 1/2 cup dry oats
price per serving = 13 cents
nutritional info per serving = 150 calories, 4g fiber, 5g protein
6. Frozen Vegetables
1 serving = 1 cup
price per serving = 25 cents
nutritional info per serving = (classic mix) 82 calories, 6g fiber, 4g protein, 115% daily Vitamin A
7. Canned Tuna
1 serving = 6 oz container
price per serving = 70 cents
nutritional info per serving = 60 calories, 13g protein, 500mg omega-3 fatty acids
8. Canned Refried Beans
1 serving = 1/2 cup
price per serving = about 34 cents
nutritional info per serving = 140 calories, 7g protein, 6g fiber, 10% daily value for Iron
9. Dried Lentils
1 serving = 1/4 cup dried lentils
price per serving = 10 cents!
nutritional info per serving = 120 calories, 10g protein, 11 g fiber
10. Jarred Marinara Sauce
1 serving = 1/2 cup
price per serving = about 28 cents
nutritional info per serving = 90 calories, 2g fiber, 15% Daily Vitamin A
I’m always looking for ways to make desserts and sweet treats a little bit healthier and guilt free… well, I found a dessert recipe that is actually HEALTHY! It is truly good for you and you could eat it for breakfast, AM snack, dessert, midnight snack, as drunk food…. anytime! I’ve made it a couple times already and you can definitely change it up to your liking, which is a bonus. Don’t be afraid of the ingredients or how weird it might sound, I promise you will like it!
Chocolate Tofu “Mousse”
1 box soft or medium tofu
6 T cocoa powder
1 tsp powdered coffee/espresso ( I added wwaaayy more bc I love coffee)
4 T Agave (or honey)
Few dashes of cinnamon
Put everything in a blender and get at it, until smooth. Pour into individual serving dishes or one large bowl. Place in refrigerator and chill until set. Add fresh berries or shredded coconut on top. Enjoy!
By now, I’m sure everyone has heard that Mayor Bloomberg of New York City is trying to ban all sodas over 16 fluid ounces. If you haven’t heard…… Basically all regular sodas in restaurants, fast food spots, movie theaters and convenient stores would NOT be available for purchase in anything larger than this amount. Diet sodas, juices, and milk-based drinks would not be affected by this. You could still buy the larger amounts in grocery stores or just double up on the 16-oz portions, if you really wanted.
After talking to some friends and reading up on it I have realized…….people are freaking out!! They do not like this one bit. And it’s not because they want a giant portion of coke but because they don’t like the government to limit their choices.
I can honestly understand this side of things and why people would be annoyed. They want to be able to make their own choices about what, when and where to consume things. But in case you haven’t noticed…. The US population does not know how to make choices, especially in terms of nutrition. Why on earth would you need more than 16 oz of soda at one time? I can think of one legitimate reason….You are having a party and need lots of mixers. Right?
Portion sizes have gotten out of control! When McDonald’s first opened, the only size of soda available was 7 ounces. When Burger King first opened their small was 12 oz and their large was 16 oz. Now, the small is 22 oz and the large is 42 oz!!!! And don’t even get me started on Big Gulps! Apparently there is something now called a ‘Double Gulp’ …. it is 64 ounces….and. contains.800. calories. (That is about half the days calories for a small framed woman) From a consumer’s point of view, it has become hard to make good decisions when the larger portion is almost always the better value. Obviously beverage companies do this on purpose and it’s not right in my opinion.
Now, while I would much rather push for nutrition education and community outreach than just straight up banning something,this is a start! (not to mention, nutrition education alone affects very few peoples’ food choices) Americans need to eat less and need to be more responsible about their portion size choices! Whether we like it or not, banning sodas over 16 oz could be really helpful in re-shaping our health as a nation. I support this act 100% and think it should be a nationwide change, not just in NYC.
Where do you stand on this?