Corona nutrition is about more than just reading package labels and knowing what to eat. Healthy foods need to be accessible and affordable too. Many Californians mistakenly assume that nutritious foods cost the most. When you see that 99 cent burrito or $1 Spicy McChicken, it’s hard to believe otherwise. Yet, if you saved up all the receipts from purchases at fast food venues, convenience stores, gas stations, restaurants, take-outs, bars, coffee shops and vending machines, you would be amazed at how all these little “cheap eats” add up! The fact of the matter is: you can shop smart and provide your family with more nutritious meals if you have the right know-how.
- For affordable nutritious meals, families should focus on cooking from scratch and eating at home.
- Instead of meat forms of protein, try to incorporate more plant-based proteins like tofu, beans, brown rice, whole grains, nuts, and oatmeal.
- Drink tap water with a filter, rather than bottled water and skip sugary drinks.
- Instead of prepackaged snacks like potato chips, cakes and cookies, dip raw broccoli and baby carrots into salad dressing or have a piece of whole grain bread with peanut butter.
- Look for substitutions – like canned salmon or tuna instead of pricier fresh fish.
- If you find fresh fruits and vegetables often go to waste in your household, buy canned varieties, which do not spoil as fast.
- Shop the sales to determine your weekly meals and always write out a list beforehand.
- Instead of name brands, try some of the store brands: you just might be surprised!
- When purchasing produce, buy the seasonal items to avoid paying a high premium.
- You can also save money at the grocery store by exercising portion control. You may be eating an entire package of something that could have made two or three separate meals.
- To save time and money, cook up a whole batch of items like chicken, brown rice, boiled eggs, lasagnas, soups, or stews to make quick-to-serve meals when you’re too busy to cook.
We can all learn new habits and start eating more nutritiously if we have the desire to do so. It’s much easier to make the decision to eat better while you are still healthy and simply want to do the right thing, as opposed to when you’re diagnosed with a disease and have to make those changes.
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