I was working with a friend who is a personal trainer and we got into a discussion about how to eat healthy and cheaply. I was giving her examples of how she could buy a week's worth of food for about $20.00 to feed herself. As I launched into a list of different food options that she could buy and then cook for the week, I saw a blank stare come over her face. She doesn’t really cook so when I started giving her options she couldn’t really understand how I could come up with all of these different combinations. It was in that moment that I realized what a gift and skill it is to love food and be able to come up with healthy and good meals. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be expensive either--many of the packaged foods are more costly than a whole foods meal. If you are willing to just spend a little time thinking about what you like to eat and then create a grocery list before you go to the store you can have a cost effective healthy meal. Let me give you an example:
It is really easy if you start with foods that you like to eat. Let’s take an example like broccoli; if you like broccoli there are dozens of variations that include broccoli. Off the top of my head I can think of making quiche, steamed broccoli with lemon and oil olive, broccoli soup, and stir-fry with broccoli. If you don’t know how to cook broccoli you can use cookbooks or go on the internet and look up a recipe for broccoli. This is a way of starting with something that you like to eat and then learning how to prepare it in different ways so you don’t get bored eating it. In the Washington D.C. area a bunch of broccoli costs about $2.00. For a family of four that is $.50 per person. This is not expensive. If you decide to cook chicken breasts in the oven and serve it with brown rice you have created an entire meal for a family of 4 for less than $10.00.
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