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Eating healthy on a budget

25 February 2009 949 views No Comment

Almost everyone is feeling the penny pinching their pocket in this economy, but one thing people cannot completely take out of their budget is food.

“People cut down on travel and people cut down on this and that, but people are always going to eat,” shopper Brandi Staniec said.

Shoppers have been zoning in on the frozen and canned food aisles, which usually holds products filled with tons sodium and preservatives.

“We’re definitely buying more of the things like macaroni and cheese and things like that, and a lot of it is because I have two small kids and fruit and vegetables go bad in the refrigerator by the time I get around to all of them,” Staniec said.

But dieticians say there are ways to have a healthy diet on a budget. Consumers just need a few tricks.

“A person doesn’t have to change everything to eat healthy, just a few key changes can really make a big difference,” dietician Amber Groeling said.

And if you really can’t help passing up those ten items for $10 deals, go ahead and grab them. There is even a way to make that nutritious.

Dieticians say if you are on a budget and want to buy something like Ramen noodles, that is absolutely fine. Just make sure you are adding a vegetable and a lean meat to make it a well balanced meal.

It is also important for consumers to buy only as much as they will eat.

“So make sure when you are buying in bulk that you’re not only considering the economic value, you know, is it really cheaper, but also looking at your own family household. Is it going to get consumed because if you’re throwing it out, it’s not more economical to buy it in bulk,” Groeling said.

But like many things in life, it is all about compromise.

“We’re trying to keep it as healthy as we can, but we also don’t have a ton of extra money to spend, so it’s a little bit of give and take,” Staniec said.

Dieticians also say to make a grocery list BEFORE you go to the store and stick to it. It is very easy to pick up tempting unhealthy foods when it is sitting right in front of your face.

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