|Beef sirloin steak and stir fried vegetables|
We got in a huge debate at work one day and of course I had something to say. The topic of conversation - "It's too expensive to eat healthy." My response - "That is so not true!"
I'm a firm believer that the value menu at a fast food restaurant is not less expensive than buying groceries and you'll never convince me otherwise, but that was one of the arguments. However, when I pointed out that a bag of potatoes cost less and goes a whole lot further than a bag of potato chips not to mention an actual potato is healthier the conversation began to lose its momentum.
|Two homemade pizzas using homemade whole wheat dough|
and fresh ingredients. Cheese, mushrooms, pesto, pepperoni.
The closer you are to a food's original form the less expensive it is to buy. The more it is processed the more it costs. I can make a healthy delicious homemade pizza for far less money than one you get delivered. In fact, I can make several.
I keep a lot of fresh produce in my house as well as milk, eggs, yogurt, cheese, whole wheat bread, lean meats, nuts, dried fruits, oatmeal, whole grain cereals, and so much more. As a rule I tend to buy ingredients at the grocery store and then I go home and make food rather than buy my food at the store or the drive thru. Does that make sense?
|One of our weekly produce hauls for three people.|
I also buy canned and frozen fruits and vegetables.
I won't say I never buy chips or convenience foods because that would be a lie. And I'm not saying one should never buy those things, but if it comes down to being able to afford healthy food or prepared food I'll choose the healthy stuff and leave the chips at the store.
Another thing to think about is that a lot of Americans, in general, tend to eat too much. We also tend waste a lot of the food we buy, rather than eat it. It costs a lot of money to support an unhealthy high calorie diet. Not to mention the costs associated with the medical ramifications of that type of diet, but that is a whole other issue.
|Homemade vanilla yogurt with frozen berries|
I still think my healthy eating lifestyle is a constant work in progress. I know I can do better and I'm going to keep working at it. And I know I can do it affordably.
Developing and maintaining healthy eating habits is near and dear to my heart.
How about you? What are your thoughts?
|Homemade whole wheat bread and granola|