Taylor’s Tips- May Download

Taylor’s Tips- May Download

As we are well aware the cost of living has sky rocketed in the last few years, and with trends continuing to head in the upward direction, I thought why not share some tips on how to continue to fuel your body with quality foods, while being mindful of your financial situation.

 

PLAN YOUR MEALS

Depending how often you get groceries, plan out your meals between trips to help judge the amounts of food you will require. This doesn’t have to be perfect and strict, but roughly planning how much food you will require between trips will help limit food wastage, in turn saving you money.

 

MAKE A LIST

By creating a list of necessities you are less likely to stray off that list and choose expensive processed foods that had no business to be in your cart in the first place. Store displays of appealing foods are placed to catch your eye while shopping, but having a list will keep you more accountable.

 

SHOP THE PERIMETER OF THE STORE

You may or may not have noticed this but all you’re whole food groups/essentials are typically located on the perimeter of the store. Fruits, veggies, grains/breads, meat, milk, eggs, cheese, all these foods are on the outskirts of the store. Going up and down the isles will tempt you to purchase processed foods, racking up your bill and not aligning with the list of quality foods you’ve created.

 

CONVENIENCE IS GOING TO COST YOU

Our lives are busy, and any way we can shave a few minutes off our to-do list we are all for it. That being said, shaving a few minutes off your cooking prep time is going to add up quickly when you opt for pre-cut fruits or veggies. Now, time to time we all can use those extra few minutes, but don’t make this a regular habit. Cut up your fruits and veggies at home. Not only will this save you money, but prepping your produce will make a healthy option to grab on the go and make meal time quick and easy.

 

EXPLORE ALTERNATE PROTEIN OPTIONS

I know for myself this was a hard concept to grasp, coming from a family of hunters and being a hunter myself. Every dinner consisted of meat, veggies and a carb. However, not only is there benefits to your health from adding in plant-based proteins, your wallet will see this benefit as well. Adding beans and legumes to your diet is an easy and cost effective way to ensure you’re getting your protein, without a hefty animal protein price tag. This doesn’t have to be something you do daily, but start with trying out this swap for even one meal a week to start, and work up from that if it feels good for you.

 

THE DIRTY DOZEN

This section certainly deserved to be written in caps, because this new to me information is downright SCARY! We all know our produce is sprayed with chemicals in order for mass production of foods, but I was shocked that most fruits and veggies I would choose daily were in fact of the 12 Dirty Dozen-foods with the highest amounts of pesticides present, even after washing.

Apples, celery, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, grapes, hot peppers, nectarines & peaches, potatoes, spinach, strawberries, sweet bell peppers, kale/collard greens, summer squash, are the 12 food documented as “The Dirty Dozen”. Pesticides can cause health issues, such as but not limited too, hormone disruption, skin, eye and lung irritation, brain and nervous system toxicity, cancers, blood disorders, reproductive issues, nerve disorders and birth disorders. Pesticides have also decreased the amount of minerals in produce by 5-40% over the last 50 years.

Now, I know this information is scary, but I intend it to be informative to help you make decisions best for yourself as an individual. Obviously purchasing all our produce organically would be a perfect scenario, but if you’re like me and simply cannot afford to swap all these common foods for organic, here is a couple suggestions to make adding organic produce more affordable.

  • Select one or two of the foods off this list that you eat frequently, or are more affordable, and opt for the organic version.
  • Shop frozen produce. They sell organic produce and typically it is more affordable than fresh. Frozen is a great option as well to decrease food waste if you don’t get to eating your fresh produce right away. Frozen foods are also often flash frozen soon after harvest which ensures they are still jam packed with their nutritious goodness.

 

SHOP AROUND

Now, I say this within reason. With todays gas prices and our lack of time, as mentioned before, shopping at multiple stores may not be the most ideal financially or time wise. However, if you can checkout different stores in your area to compare prices on foods you commonly buy, it may be worth exploring your options if its going to save you some money.

 

A trip to the grocery store shouldn’t be something you fear, by utilizing these tips you can start to shift that fear into confidence, and walk out happy knowing you’re fueling your body with quality foods, while saving money.

Love,

Taylor Goebel

LPN & your soon-to-be student coach.

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