Navigating the Health Food Game
When I posted this week about my biggest fitness and wellness downfall being my water intake I received a lot of interesting responses. The majority of which were related to food. People seem to be struggling with finding healthy food for the same price that they can be buying unhealthy food. I am here to tell you it is possible to eat healthy and actually save money, but you need to be careful at the grocery store. Follow these tips for a healthier tomorrow:
Other than a few staples such as canned beans, olives, oils and spices, the bulk of what we should be eating is not found in the isles of the supermarket, but on the outskirts of the store. On the outskirts of the store you can find all your wellness goodies such as bathing goods, pharmaceutical goods, and your main food necessities such as eggs, cheese, fresh produce, and seafood. These items are likely unpackaged and have less preservatives in them because they are fresh. You would be surprised when walking around these areas of the store how inexpensive certain things are. Unfortunately, the supermarkets want to push the most expensive items, so they make it a point to shove avocados, raspberries, blueberries, kiwis, and other more expensive fruits down your throat. However, when you really look there is always a deal on kale, spinach, bell peppers, celery sticks and carrots. Also, some fruits are less expensive such as bananas, apples, oranges, and lemons. These fresh fruits and vegetables are essential to our diet and actually happen to be less expensive than buying energy drinks, cereal bars, protein powder and other seemingly good items that actually have negative effects.
Always bring a list of necessities with you when you go to the store in order to avoid over buying. This is one of the most challenging things I face. When I go to the store it’s like I am shopping for a zombie apocalypse. I literally put anything and everything I might ever need in my lifetime into the cart. Please, don’t be like me, write out a detailed list and stick to it.
My fellow vegetarians out there are living the good life. Vegetables and canned beans are exponentially cheaper than meat. Today, there are even meat substitutes such as Beyond Beef and Morning Star which allow meat eaters trying to be healthier to eat protein while still saving money and prep time in the kitchen. The one thing to keep in mind when buying plant based protein is that you want to make sure you are keeping your soy content to where it needs to be. Soy produces Estrogen in the body and can cause major digestive issues and inflammation if eaten too frequently. Once or twice a week is fine, but always read the nutritional labels!
Without recipes I would be at a total loss. In order to stay strong with a healthy lifestyle it is essential to have a few go-to recipes that are easy to cook and taste good to you. My go to recipes include vegetarian chili, tofu and vegetable stir fry, vegetable fajitas, vegetable Pasta salad and four bean and feta salad. Meal prepping these types of meals is great if you are the type of person to stick to a plan, but either way these types of meals are so simple that anyone has time to make it in the moment for each meal. If interested in my go-to recipes please let me know and I will share them with you!
I hope this post has helped you navigate the supermarket and your needs. These tips have definitely allowed me to stay on track and get the nutrients I need while still enjoying my meals. If you have any questions you know where to find me. Remember it's better to be hung up on health than anything else!