Well the holidays are firmly behind us now but their effects may not be. The holiday season often finds us with tighter pants and empty pockets! So, what can you do to get back on track in both these areas of our life? It might seem overwhelming to climb out from the holiday debt AND stock your fridge with healthy food but with just a little work you don’t have to sacrifice one for the other.
I’ve never been one to make lofty New Year’s resolutions. I’ve never quite understood waiting for a new year to begin to start working on an area of my life that might need improvement. There is one area that I have recently decided needs some work however and that is managing food waste. It can be a bit of an issue in our kitchen and I am tired of leftovers that don’t get eaten and freezer burned food being tossed in the garbage. So I went out and bought a vacuum and sealing system for our home and I am absolutely loving it! Leftovers can be immediately sealed and placed in the freezer for a future meal. We can snatch up great deals on large quantity items and know they will now keep in the freezer for months. I can also make up meals ahead of time in larger quantities and keep the freezer stocked with meals that just need to go in the oven or slow cooker. Not only do we feel better about not being so wasteful but we are also saving significant money. That vacuum system paid for itself very, very quickly.
Does healthy food cost more? Well, it can but it doesn’t have to if you are a smart shopper. The savvy folks at Canadian Beef have a few tips to help you stretch your food budget without giving up nutrition or flavour including ideas like:
- Always shop with a list to help keep impulse buying in check;
- Keep your eye on the till when your items are being scanned to make sure the correct prices are coming up;
- Check your flyers ahead of time to know what’s on sale.
You really do not have to sacrifice taste for nutrition or value. Value cuts of beef can be used in a variety of yummy and healthy meals. There are a million delicious recipes using marinating and/or simmering cuts of meat that won’t break the bank. And don’t forget about ground beef!
“Budgeting and nutrition don’t typically get talked about in the same conversation, but the principles of budgeting can be a really useful nutrition tool! The trouble is that research has actually shown people are more comfortable balancing their books than figuring out how to manage their calorie intake!”