by Samantha Schmell
Healthy eating doesn’t have to break the bank; in fact, making nutritious choices for family meals can actually save money. Below are some strategies for creating tasty and budget-friendly meals for all to enjoy.
Have a game plan before you shop.
First, check the supermarket’s weekly ad and plan meals for the week, keeping in mind what items will be on sale. Then take inventory of what is already on hand in the fridge and pantry so there are no unnecessary purchases. Now create a detailed list of what is needed from the supermarket. Shopping with a list is key to staying on budget. Continue reading
by Lauren Panoff
One-pot meals are chock full of benefits. They’re budget-friendly, versatile, easy to make and can be whipped up with just a few basic ingredients. In many cases, simply toss everything into one skillet, pan or slow cooker, and dinner (breakfast or lunch) practically takes care of itself. Read on for a few tips for creating delicious one-pot meals.
Make it plant-based
Looking to go meatless? There are tons of great options within fingertip reach. Tofu and tempeh are both affordable, refrigerated choices that are great mix-ins for dishes such as chili, soups or tacos. For other options, canned beans and bagged lentils are nutritious, plant-based proteins that can be found at low prices year-round. Continue reading
by Lauren Panoff
One of the best things about cold weather is using a slow cooker for “set it and forget it” ease that offers warm and comforting food to look forward to at the end of the day. While there are many recipes available, this simple five-step process shows how easy it is to create unique, delicious and nutritious slow cooker soups and stews that won’t break the bank. Continue reading
by Beth Ceccarelli
Making resolutions as a family unit can help motivate us to stick with our changes all year long, plus it allows time for bonding. Here are four easy and fun resolution ideas to get started:
Experiment with produce.
Plan a family trip to the local supermarket and explore the produce department. Let the kids choose a new fruit or vegetable that they’ve never tried before. For kid-friendly fruit ideas, try star fruit, kiwi and blackberries. For vegetables that will capture the attention of even the fussiest eater, try purple cauliflower, sugar snap peas and mini sweet peppers. Continue reading
Serving up healthy snacks for a holiday party is easier (and tastier) than ever. With a bit of advanced planning, it’s easy to create delectable party appetizers that are both healthy and delicious.
Holiday Favorite: Flatbread Pizza
Lighten it up: Grab some flatbread from the local bakery, add some low-fat mozzarella, a handful of fresh veggies (peppers, mushrooms and spinach is a popular combination) and a jar of organic tomato sauce for the makings of a crowd-pleasing party starter. “The veggies add a nutritional punch of healthy vitamins, minerals and fiber,” explains Stephanie Perez, retail dietitian supervisor at ShopRite supermarket. “The best part is that you won’t be lacking in flavor.” Continue reading
by Marla Camins
Young or old, everyone delights in finding their favorite snack during the Halloween season. But as adults, we know that too much of the sweet stuff isn’t always in the best interests of our health.
Here’s the good news: Just because we’re grown-ups doesn’t mean we have to give up the spoils of the season. In fact, following a few simple rules can allow young and young-at-heart alike to have their candy and eat it, too. Continue reading