healthy eating http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/8315/all en-US Flashback Friday: 102 Amazing Food Hacks You Have to Try This Summer http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-102-amazing-food-hacks-you-have-to-try-this-summer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/flashback-friday-102-amazing-food-hacks-you-have-to-try-this-summer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_happy_watermelon_000070809455.jpg" alt="Woman trying amazing food hacks this summer" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The best part of summer isn't the warmer weather, or the days spent lounging on the beach. It's the food. Summer food is fresh, light, and often grilled to perfection. Whether it's produce, meat, or a bowl of ice cream, everything just tastes better in the summer. So to kick your summer food game up a notch, give the following summer food hacks a try. You will not be disappointed.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/grilled_vegetable_kabobs_000020035070.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-grilled-veggie-dishes-that-hold-their-own-with-meat?ref=fbf">15 Grilled Veggie Dishes That Hold Their Own With Meat</a> &mdash; The grill is not just a place for meat. Pretty much anything can be tossed on the grill, especially veggies. And you won't even notice the lack of meat in these grilled veggie dishes.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-delicious-early-summer-recipes-to-try-on-your-grill?ref=fbf">13 Delicious Early Summer Recipes to Try on Your Grill</a> &mdash; Summer is ready, set, and itching to get the go ahead from Memorial Day weekend. And the best way to kick off the best season of the year is with these early summer dishes that are yummy and grill-friendly.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/iStock_000088024237_Large_1.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-surefire-ways-to-save-on-grilling?ref=fbf">7 Surefire Ways to Save on Grilling</a> &mdash; With the charcoal or gas, and the constant bulk buying of meat, buns, and produce, grilling can be a costly way to cook. But before you start emptying your wallet for this summer pleasure, check out these smart ways to save on grilling season.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-easy-and-delicious-ice-cream-substitutes?ref=fbf">15 Easy and Delicious Ice Cream Substitutes</a> &mdash; Ice cream is a summer staple, but those sugary calories can add up quickly. But these substitutes are healthier, and equally as refreshing as your classic ice cream.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/31-delicious-ways-to-enjoy-your-summer-veggies?ref=fbf">31 Delicious Ways to Enjoy Your Summer Veggies</a> &mdash; From zucchini fries to hot pepper relish, and grilled tomato gazpacho, you can use in-season summer veggies to make some of the best meals you've ever had. Enjoy!</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/iStock_000060439792_Large%20%281%29.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-delicious-raw-recipes-to-try-this-summer?ref=fbf">11 Delicious Raw Recipes to Try This Summer</a> &mdash; If you're looking to give the Raw Food lifestyle a try, then whip up these summer raw recipes. Trendy diets are often very restrictive and no fun at all, but any diet where you can eat sushi, guacamole, and almond butter doesn't sound so bad at all.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-barbecue-hacks-to-master-this-summer?ref=fbf">10 Barbecue Hacks to Master This Summer</a> &mdash; You might think that grilling is simply the act of putting food on a grill and making sure it doesn't turn into a burned ball of charcoal. But it's so much more than that. Master the art of grilling this summer with these brilliant tricks.</p> <p><em>What other summer foods are you excited to try? Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-102-amazing-food-hacks-you-have-to-try-this-summer">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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If you are interested in increasing your intake of healthy foods, and losing a little weight, you might want to experiment with some raw food recipes.</p> <p>Basically, proponents of the raw diet favor a plant-based diet that advocates eating raw foods. Nothing is to be heated above 104 degrees. Most foods are eaten fresh, dried in a dehydrator, or are fermented. Going all raw is very difficult, largely because it is a diet low in nutrients that your body needs (calcium and protein). For me, the best way to look into this diet was to substitute an unhealthy food choice for something healthier, like raw fruit or veggies. For instance, instead of eating some cookies, I'll have a cacao bite, or veggies and guacamole in place of chips. (I also continue to eat fish, lean meat, dairy, and cooked foods.)</p> <p>I was surprised to learn how much preparation, ironically, goes into raw diet cooking, and just how expensive the ingredients can be. But if you're more into living frugally and efficiently, like I am, here are 11 recipes that are relatively inexpensive and quick to prepare.</p> <h2>1. Raw Hummus</h2> <p>I got all excited when I saw <a href="http://www.thefullhelping.com/perfect-raw-hummus/">this hummus recipe</a>, thinking, <em>Hey, I love hummus. I could totally eat that.</em> But then it occurred to me that hummus contains chickpeas (garbanzo beans). You have to cook those. The recipe's author tells a little about her journey to come up with a raw hummus, but she wasn't crazy about the suggested substitution of sprouted seeds instead of garbanzos, so she substituted zucchini.</p> <p>This is technically dip, not hummus. But it's <em>really good </em>dip. The cumin and lemon juice keep it tangy and light. I really liked dipping <em>crudites </em>into it. Plus, I felt zero guilt.</p> <h2>2. Guacamole</h2> <p>Guacamole is acceptable on the raw diet. Combine chopped avocados, tomato, onion, sea salt, lemon juice, and cilantro. Tortilla chips, sadly, are not approved. There is a method, using a food dehydrator, whereby you can make corn chips. I preferred to just use slices of veggies, like cucumbers or sweet peppers, to scoop up the guac. You also get more veggies down the hatch, that way.</p> <h2>3. Cacao Bites</h2> <p>I found this recipe for <a href="http://simpleveganblog.com/3-ingredient-raw-cacao-bites/">three-ingredient raw cacao bites</a>. Yum! These are a nice afternoon pick-me-up, or dessert. When those 3:00 p.m. chocolate cravings arise at work, I reach for these instead of a candy bar.</p> <h2>4. Pad Thai &quot;Salad&quot;</h2> <p>Pad Thai traditionally contains fish sauce, shrimp or chicken, rice noodles, and egg. Those are all &quot;raw&quot; no-nos. This <a href="http://ohsheglows.com/2013/07/01/rad-rainbow-raw-pad-thai/">pretty salad</a> does a good job of picking up some Pad Thai flavors, thanks to the almond (or peanut) butter, lime juice, and tamari. Zoodles, or zucchini made with a spiral cutter, sub in for the traditional rice noodles.</p> <h2>5. Almond Butter</h2> <p>This nutty, healthy <a href="http://www.therawtarian.com/raw-almond-butter-recipe">almond butter</a> is good on bananas, apples, and celery sticks. Trust the author about using a food processor instead of a blender. Also, don't panic about how much time it takes. I thought I had botched mine and created flavored sawdust, but it finally came together.</p> <h2>6. Poke</h2> <p>Some raw foodies eat fish; others do not. I love raw fish, especially <em>poke</em>. Plus, it's a great source of protein &mdash; something that is lacking in the raw diet. Here is how I make mine.</p> <p><em>Ingredients</em>:</p> <ul> <li>&frac34; pound fresh ahi, cut into &frac12; inch cubes (sushi or sashimi-grade &mdash; ask someone at the fish counter if you need help)</li> <li>&frac14; Maui onion, thinly sliced</li> <li>&frac14; green onion, sliced</li> <li>1 T sesame seeds</li> <li>3 t sesame oil</li> <li>1 large avocado, diced</li> <li>Tamari, to taste (normally, I would use soy sauce)</li> <li>Hawaiian sea salt, to taste</li> <li>2 T chopped cilantro (optional)</li> </ul> <p>Gently combine all ingredients. Refrigerate at least an hour. Serve.</p> <h2>7. Sushi</h2> <p>Nori is an acceptable food product on the raw list. Yay! Here's what I did to make some (mostly) raw sushi.</p> <p><em>Ingredients</em>:</p> <ul> <li>Poke (above)</li> <li>One package Enoki mushrooms, gently washed and dried</li> <li>One red sweet red pepper, washed, thinly sliced</li> <li>&quot;Rice&quot; (see below)</li> <li>Nori, for wrapping sushi</li> </ul> <p>Here is where it gets tricky. Rice is not on the raw diet. You can make <a href="http://www.therawtarian.com/raw-cauliflower-rice-recipe">cauliflower rice</a> or <a href="http://therawchef.com/trc_recipes/raw-parsnip-rice/">parsnip rice</a>, but I'll warn you &mdash; if you are a food texture person like me, you will miss the tender bite of rice in sushi. I cheated and used brown rice.</p> <h2>8. Gazpacho</h2> <p>A traditional Gazpacho has day-old white bread in it, but I honestly didn't miss it. The bread does give it more body, however. This <a href="http://healthyblenderrecipes.com/recipes/raw_vegan_tomato_gazpacho_soup">raw soup</a> came out more like a veggie smoothie, or a homemade V-8. I left mine more on the chunky side than is pictured in the recipe.</p> <h2>9. Dehydrated Fruits</h2> <p>A hallmark of a raw foods cook is a dehydrator, because it is believed that foods should not be heated to over 104 degrees.</p> <p>With a dehydrator, you can make chewy banana chips, dried apples, strawberries, etc. You can also make vegetable chips in a dehydrator. Most things come out chewy rather than crispy.</p> <h2>10. Chia Breakfast Pudding</h2> <p>If you haven't tried chia seeds yet, you will find that part of their appeal is that they fill you up. (Always rehydrate them; don't eat them as is.) This <a href="http://www.rawon10.com/2012/03/chia-porridge.html">chia pudding</a> is a nice substitute for oatmeal, even if it isn't hot.</p> <h2>11. Date Energy Balls</h2> <p>This is one of my favorite raw recipes. I find that if I eat one <a href="http://detoxinista.com/2013/09/date-energy-balls-vegan-paleo/">date energy ball</a> for dessert, it completely satisfies my sweet tooth.</p> <p>Like all fad diets, you owe it to yourself to do a lot of reading and investigating before you jump in. For me, snacking is a pitfall, so I was pleased to find some recipes for healthier alternatives that I actually like. Before you make any major diet changes, it's always a good idea to consult your physician.</p> <p><em>Have you tried the raw diet? How did you like it? Share with us!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-delicious-raw-recipes-to-try-this-summer">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stock-these-20-frugal-foods-for-tough-financial-times">Stock These 20 Frugal Foods for Tough Financial Times</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-107-best-breakfast-hacks-to-start-your-day-off-right">Flashback Friday: The 107 Best Breakfast Hacks to Start Your Day Off Right</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tasty-treats-to-make-with-mulberries">Tasty Treats to Make With Mulberries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-delicious-dishes-you-can-make-with-a-can-of-tomato-soup">11 Delicious Dishes You Can Make With a Can of Tomato Soup</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/put-it-in-a-pie-for-fast-frugal-food">Put it in a Pie for Fast, Frugal Food</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Food and Drink eat clean Food fresh food frugal food healthy eating raw diet raw food recipes summer foods Wed, 11 May 2016 09:00:03 +0000 Marla Walters 1707412 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Delicious and Frugal Power Bowls You Want Right Now http://www.wisebread.com/10-delicious-and-frugal-power-bowls-you-want-right-now <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-delicious-and-frugal-power-bowls-you-want-right-now" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000075165611_Large.jpg" alt="delicious power bowls" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Power Bowls are the new &quot;it&quot; girl, or &quot;the new black,&quot; in the food world. It's not without good reason, though, because as far as food trends go, this one is pretty good. Filled with a variety of healthy ingredients, Power Bowls are also usually quite visually appealing &mdash; and we eat first with our eyes, so that's important. They can be modified for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and are transportable.</p> <p>So what's the downfall? Having a tried a few myself, I'll tell you: They can be <em>expensive. </em>Ones I have sampled have run between $12 and $22. I don't blame the restaurants, though. If you're ordering a bowl with grilled salmon, red quinoa, kale, and enoki mushrooms, be prepared to pay up. The kitchen uses additional prep time, since how the bowls <em>look</em> is important. Presentation is everything, after all. Instead of tossing all ingredients together, chefs need to take the time to &quot;compose&quot; bowls. Each fresh ingredient lives in its own boldly colored quadrant.</p> <p>According to the NYMag, the <a href="http://nymag.com/thecut/2016/02/why-bother-eating-food-if-its-not-in-a-bowl.html">ideal Power Bowl</a> &quot;consists of 15% lean protein, 25% whole grains, 35% vegetables, 10% sauce and 30% extras (including nuts, seeds and sprouts).&quot; Quinoa is a popular &quot;base&quot; in bowls, as just a cup of it has double the protein found in white rice. Brown rice is also a good choice, as it is also higher in magnesium potassium, and selenium.</p> <p>Here are some tips, tricks, and winning Power Bowl combos.</p> <h2>Prep</h2> <p>To keep costs low, you'll need to do some preparation. To get ready for a week of bowls, cook a pot of brown rice and a pot of quinoa on Sunday. Cool and package in plastic sandwich bags. Roast a large pan of vegetables, chop greens, cook meats, and boil eggs. This will make assembly go quickly during the week. I cheat and use purchased sauces and salad dressings.</p> <h2>1. Roasted Chickpeas, Brown Rice, Diced Chicken, and Red Peppers</h2> <p>Chickpeas are great on their own, but try roasting them for extra crunch. Drain a 15 ounce can of chickpeas and blot dry with a paper towel. Toss with olive oil, red pepper flakes, garlic, and sea salt. Roast in a 400&ordm; F oven for 30 to 40 minutes, until crunchy. Add to your bowl with brown rice, diced cooked chicken, and chopped red peppers. And I like peanut sauce and chopped cilantro on top.</p> <p><strong>Keep it frugal</strong>: Watch for canned chickpeas to go on sale; and use Costco rotisserie chickens.</p> <h2>2. Burrito-Inspired Bowl</h2> <p>You've likely had one of these at Chipotle, but they're so easy to make at home. Begin with brown rice. Drain and rinse a 15 ounce can of black beans; use about &frac14; cup per bowl (freeze any leftovers). Add chicken, corn, chopped tomatoes, cilantro, onions, and sliced avocado. Top with salsa and sour cream, and serve some tortilla chips on the side.</p> <p><strong>Keep it frugal</strong>: Here is another use for that Costco rotisserie chicken. Also, use the carcass to start a pot of stock.</p> <h2>3. Teriyaki Salmon, Quinoa, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, and Red Pepper</h2> <p>Brown rice works equally well in this one. Roasting the vegetables brings out their natural sweetness, which tastes good with the salmon. If possible, grill the salmon, otherwise pan-fry with the red peppers. Top with sliced green onions and a little prepared teriyaki sauce.</p> <p><strong>Keep it frugal</strong>: Buy large pieces of salmon and cut into smaller serving pieces; bag and freeze to use as needed.</p> <h2>4. Buckwheat Breakfast Bowl</h2> <p>Boil buckwheat noodles and broccoli pieces in chicken or vegetable broth. Add a quarter cup of firm, sliced tofu; stir to warm. Gently poach an egg in the pan; serve in bowl sprinkled with sesame seeds. Drizzle with soy sauce.</p> <p><strong>Keep it frugal</strong>: Make your own chicken or vegetable broth; freeze in one-quart plastic sandwich bags. Asian markets may have less expensive noodles than your regular grocery store.</p> <h2>5. Butternut Squash, Quinoa, Kale, and Peanuts</h2> <p>This one is best served hot. Peel and cube squash; microwave. When tender, stir in a tablespoon of peanut butter and mix until coated. For even more flavor, cook quinoa, or reheat, in &quot;lite&quot; coconut milk. Serve with chopped kale; garnish with chopped peanuts and cilantro.</p> <p><strong>Keep it frugal</strong>: Peel and cube your own squash instead buying prepared squash in the plastic containers. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-surprisingly-delicious-squash-recipes?ref=seealso">20 Surprisingly Delicious Squash Recipes</a>)</p> <h2>6. Beefy Bowl</h2> <p>Grill and slice steak; place in bowl with brown rice, roasted beets, sliced avocados, baby spinach, and crumbled goat cheese. Drizzle with Sriracha sauce.</p> <p><strong>Keep it frugal</strong>: Use London broil, usually a &quot;top round&quot; cut, which is less expensive. Wash and dry your own spinach instead of buying in bags. Fresh beets are easy to roast. Just wrap in foil, place on a cookie sheet, and roast at 400&ordm; F for 40-50 minutes. Skins will slip right off.</p> <h2>7. Peanut Butter-Banana Bowl</h2> <p>This delicious combination will keep you going all morning. To a serving of warm oatmeal, stir in a tablespoon of peanut butter. Top with a sliced banana, flaked coconut, and a few walnut halves.</p> <p><strong>Keep it frugal</strong>: Buy oatmeal in bulk, rather than individual packets.</p> <h2>8. Dad's Special</h2> <p>As a teenager, my dad picked peaches and almonds in the California valley, and that inspired this combination. To warm oatmeal, add sliced peaches, chopped raw almonds, raisins, and vanilla Greek yogurt.</p> <p><strong>Keep it frugal</strong>: Invest in a yogurt maker and make your own, which is super-easy and much less expensive that purchased Greek yogurt.</p> <h2>9. Lentil Curry</h2> <p>Cook lentils in &quot;lite&quot; coconut milk; add prepared red curry sauce to taste. Add to bowl with brown rice, cubed butternut or kabocha squash, shredded purple cabbage, and garnish with cashews.</p> <p><strong>Keep it frugal</strong>: Stock up when squash is in season.</p> <h2>10. Breakfast Fried Rice Bowl</h2> <p>Heat cooked brown rice in a little olive oil; toss in any leftover cooked vegetables &mdash; edamame, carrots, and broccoli are good. Crack an egg over the hot rice and vegetables; stir and scramble the egg. Leftover shrimp and tofu are particularly good in this, too. Garnish with soy sauce and green onions.</p> <p><strong>Keep it frugal</strong>: Try to stick to the generic soy sauce, since it basically tastes the same as major brands and will be way cheaper.</p> <p>Once you have mastered basic &quot;bowl construction,&quot; the combinations are endless. Keep in mind that you are looking for lean protein, whole grains, vegetables, and fruits. Just be sure to watch the calories in any dressings or sauces added.</p> <p><em>Any favorite power bowls not listed above? Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-delicious-and-frugal-power-bowls-you-want-right-now">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-frugal-and-delicious-meals-to-make-with-your-kids">10 Frugal and Delicious Meals to Make With Your Kids</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-102-amazing-food-hacks-you-have-to-try-this-summer">Flashback Friday: 102 Amazing Food Hacks You Have to Try This Summer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-delicious-dishes-you-can-make-with-a-can-of-tomato-soup">11 Delicious Dishes You Can Make With a Can of Tomato Soup</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-delicious-raw-recipes-to-try-this-summer">11 Delicious Raw Recipes to Try This Summer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-delicious-and-easy-ways-to-enjoy-canned-peaches">15 Delicious and Easy Ways to Enjoy Canned Peaches</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink easy dinners food trends frugal meals healthy eating meals power bowls recipes trendy meals Mon, 11 Apr 2016 10:00:10 +0000 Marla Walters 1686652 at http://www.wisebread.com 15 Delicious and Easy Ways to Enjoy Canned Peaches http://www.wisebread.com/15-delicious-and-easy-ways-to-enjoy-canned-peaches <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-delicious-and-easy-ways-to-enjoy-canned-peaches" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000026177662_Large.jpg" alt="delicious recipes for canned peaches" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Are you sick of the current, in-season fruits? Can't eat another apple or orange? How about a summery peach, instead? Peaches are extremely versatile, especially when they are canned. Here are 15 ideas for things to do with canned peaches.</p> <h2>1. Peach Smoothie</h2> <p>Move over, kale. This frothy, appetizing smoothie will remind you that summer is coming. Combine a 15-ounce can of peaches, a small handful of ice cubes, one small non-fat vanilla yogurt, and a &frac14; cup of orange juice in a blender. Whirl until smooth. You could also toss in some blueberries or bananas as a yummy variation.</p> <h2>2. Try the Lo-Cal Plate</h2> <p>Traditionally, the lo-cal plate consisted of a couple of peach halves, a cup of cottage cheese, some sliced tomatoes, and dry toast. As a kid, I was always fascinated by this offering in diners, and liked to occasionally order it&hellip; because you know, it's pretty good! It's a strange combination, but it really does make a nice, light lunch.</p> <h2>3. Peach &quot;Moonshine&quot;</h2> <p>No, it's not a true moonshine, but peach-infused vodka is nice thing to have around to make a summery cocktail. Add to a little sparkling water or inexpensive champagne.</p> <p>To make your own peach-infused vodka, take a clean, dry canning jar (I like a two-quart size). Add peaches to the jar, and pour vodka over on top. Cover with the canning lid and ring. Put in a dark, cool place to &quot;age.&quot; It only needs to steep for about a week. Strain, and then use liquid in cocktails. It makes a great gift, too!</p> <h2>4. Satisfying Salsa</h2> <p>If you have not yet tried peach salsa, you are seriously missing out. A warning though: It's incredibly hard to <strong>stop</strong> eating it.</p> <p>Here's how to make peach salsa:</p> <ul> <li>1 15-oz can of peaches, drained</li> <li>2 15-oz cans diced tomatoes (Do not use the kind with Italian seasonings.)</li> <li>1 red onion, finely diced</li> <li>1 cup finely chopped cilantro</li> <li>1 t minced garlic</li> <li>1 minced fresh jalapeno pepper</li> <li>1 fresh lime, squeezed (I like to zest some of the fresh lime into the salsa, too.)</li> <li>Salt and pepper to taste</li> </ul> <p>Combine all ingredients. Serve with tortilla chips.</p> <h2>5. Pork n' Peaches</h2> <p>Some meats go really well with fruits &mdash; like crushed pineapple in a meatloaf, or apples with lamb. For pork, think peaches. Canned ones work well.</p> <p>Here is an easy recipe: Season thin pork chops and brown in a tablespoon of oil on both sides. Combine half of a 15-oz can of the peach juice, &frac14; cup of brown sugar, &frac12; teaspoon of cornstarch, &frac12; teaspoon of red pepper flakes, and about a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar into a bowl. When well-mixed, add to the pork chops in the pan and stir until thickened. Slice remaining peaches and add to the pan, and stir just until warmed through.</p> <p>Serve with wild rice and green beans.</p> <h2>6. Better Barbecue Sauce</h2> <p>Whirl a can of drained peaches in the blender until smooth. Add to your favorite barbecue sauce recipe or, if you are a giant cheater like me, add to prepared barbecue sauce, along with a little Sriracha. This is great over ribs.</p> <h2>7. Jazz Up Your Oatmeal</h2> <p>To instant oatmeal, add brown sugar, chopped, canned peaches, and a dollop of vanilla Greek yogurt. It's an amazing way to start your day.</p> <h2>8. Peach Ice Cream</h2> <p>Yearning for some fresh peach ice cream? I love it, too, but it's a bit of a project to make actual ice cream.</p> <p>Here is a quick &quot;cheater&quot; recipe:</p> <ul> <li>1 pint heavy whipping cream</li> <li>1 14-oz. can of sweetened, condensed milk (not &quot;evaporated&quot; milk)</li> <li>1 can peaches, well drained, chopped</li> </ul> <p>Whip the cream until stiff peaks form. Fold in the peaches and condensed milk. Pour into a container and freeze overnight, for best results.</p> <h2>9. Super-Easy Peach Cobbler</h2> <p>Need a dessert that goes together really well with stuff you likely already have in your refrigerator and pantry? Try this easy <a href="http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/classic-bisquick-peach-cobbler/a2efbfa6-3233-4f7a-bf5b-43ce62bd1055">peach cobbler</a>. The use of Bisquick makes it extra-fast.</p> <h2>10. Decadent Breakfast</h2> <p>My Aunt Joyce's lovely start to the day involves draining a 15-oz can of peaches, and dividing into two bowls. Then she drizzles with heavy whipped cream. Are you drooling yet?</p> <h2>11. Browned and Broiled</h2> <p>Preheat your oven broiler. Drain peach halves and dot with butter and cinnamon. Watching carefully, broil until light brown. These are delicious with ice cream or whipped cream.</p> <h2>12. Superfast Cocktails</h2> <p>Daiquiris look complicated, but they are really quite easy. Combine half of a 15-oz can of peaches, a can of frozen lime juice, a can of of light rum, two tablespoons of the reserved peach juice, and a teaspoon of powdered sugar. Add a cup of ice and whirl in blender. Cheers!</p> <h2>13. The Infamous &quot;Dump Cake&quot;</h2> <p>Named because of its inelegant assembly method, the dump cake is still about the fastest cake around. &quot;Dump&quot; two 15-oz cans of peaches into a 9x15 pan. Sprinkle with white or yellow cake mix. Melt a stick of butter; drizzle over the dry cake mix. Bake at 350&ordm;F for 30 minutes and then serve with vanilla ice cream.</p> <h2>14. Buttery Peaches</h2> <p>Do you like apple butter? Why not try a peach butter? Make it in a crockpot and serve over waffles, pancakes, or toast. <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/country-style-peach-butter-464629">This recipe</a> makes five pints.</p> <h2>15. Ambrosia Fruit Salad</h2> <p>I made this simple treat for my office recently and it immediately disappeared. Why do I ever make anything hard?</p> <ul> <li>2 15-oz cans peaches, drained and chopped</li> <li>1 can pineapple pieces, drained</li> <li>2 red apples, chopped</li> <li>4 bananas, sliced</li> <li>2 large oranges, chopped</li> <li>&frac12; bag of miniature marshmallows</li> <li>&frac14; cup flaked coconut (optional)</li> </ul> <p>Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.</p> <p><strong>Note</strong>: I usually buy peaches canned in light juice, versus heavy syrup. In heavy syrup, a &frac12; cup of peaches has 97 calories and 25 grams of sugar. In light juic, a &frac12; cup of canned peaches has only 55 calories and 13 grams of sugar.</p> <p>The next time you see those cans of peaches in your pantry, pull out a can and give one of these recipes a try!</p> <p><em>What's your favorite way to eat canned peaches? Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-delicious-and-easy-ways-to-enjoy-canned-peaches">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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It can be a little intimidating to switch to more healthful eating habits if you're someone who is used to the convenience of fast food or microwave dinners, or you love the sinful decadence of fat-filled (or sugar-drenched) goodies.</p> <p><strong>What are your tips for healthy eating?</strong> What are your favorite healthy dishes &mdash; and what do you indulge in when you want to treat yourself?</p> <p>Tell us about your tips for healthy eating and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; here's how you can win!</p> <h3>Mandatory Entry:</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below. One commenter will be randomly selected to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</li> </ul> <h3>For Extra Entries:</h3> <ul> <li>You can tweet about our giveaway for an extra entry. Also, our Facebook fans can get an extra entry too! 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Winners will also be contacted via email.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong>&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us about your tips for healthy eating and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-are-your-tips-for-healthy-eating">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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My parents, both schoolteachers, must have felt the same way and so we all became brown-baggers.</p> <p>When I joined the workforce, I quickly realized that eating lunch out was not going to fit into the grocery budget, and so I went back to brown-bagging. I'm still cheap, and I still abhor cafeteria food. The good news is that this frugal practice has likely saved me thousands over the years. If I had been eating in my building's cafeteria, I would have been spending, at a minimum, about $5 a day, or $25 a week. You can see how quickly that adds up.</p> <p>By brown-bagging it, you'll also be eating much more healthily. You can control how much fat, sodium, and additives go into your lunch. Here are 15 ways to achieve brown-bagging success.&nbsp;</p> <h2>1. Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail</h2> <p>Did I sound like your mother, just then? She was right, though. If you think the lunch fairy is going to wave a wand over your lunch bag, sorry. You'll need to shop on the weekend and do some cooking and/or assembly beforehand. Make your life easy and pre-bag chips, wash fruits and vegetables, and get whatever you can ready. Try not to make the mistake of thinking you can whip up something in the morning. Be honest &mdash; you'll be groggy and likely give up.</p> <h2>2. Invest in a Good Lunch Box</h2> <p>Man, I still wish I had my Partridge Family lunchbox (now listed at around $130 on eBay). No crying over spilled milk, though &mdash; lunch boxes now are so far superior. Some are insulated, and if you cool them overnight, you don't even need to throw in a gel pack. Nice <a href="http://amzn.to/1ONm2Px">lunch boxes</a> start at around $13.</p> <h2>3. No Microwave? No Problem</h2> <p>You can still have a hot meal. One of my co-workers just bought one of these <a href="http://amzn.to/1VoNi8S">wide-mouth thermoses</a>, which keeps food hot for five hours (and cold foods cold for seven hours). I used an older, similar model for years. The trick is to heat the thermos first with boiling water, then dump it out, and then fill with your heated food.</p> <h2>4. Shake and Make Salads</h2> <p>True confessions of a germophobe: I don't like salad bars in cafeterias or restaurants. But I love salads. I like these <a href="http://amzn.to/202nZQE">salad containers</a> (some call them salad shakers). They're BPA-free, and they also have nifty little containers for salad dressing and a fork. They are also great if you are a fan of yogurt and granola. The granola can go in the separate container.</p> <h2>5. Use Bento Boxes</h2> <p>These <a href="http://amzn.to/1Tm8qy3">boxes with compartments</a> are a lot of fun. Look for one that is leak-proof. Although Japanese in origin, the sky's the limit when it comes to filling them. Do some reading before you invest to see which type works for you.</p> <h2>6. Get Moving</h2> <p>Eating one's lunch doesn't take a full hour. I only get a half hour, and that's always adequate. Why not spend the rest of your break having a walk? According to the CDC, heart disease is the number one killer in America. If you walk just 30 minutes a day, that reduces your risk of heart disease by an astounding 40%. Throw some socks and sneakers into your tote bag and get some exercise. You'll feel more alert for the rest of the afternoon, and it will improve your mood.</p> <h2>7. Learn Something New</h2> <p>Weather too gnarly to walk? Rather than spending the whole lunch hour eating, consider learning a new skill. My friend Rosemary taught me to do simple crochet after we'd eat our quick lunches. Some of my co-workers do craft projects together. Get your brain away from spreadsheets and give it a challenge.</p> <h2>8. Beat the Low Blood Sugar Dip</h2> <p>Rather than eating a big lunch, try splitting it into three mini-meals during your work day. For instance, have a yogurt around 10:00, a half a sandwich or a salad at noon, and then hummus and crackers around 2:30.</p> <h2>9. Plan to Batch Cook</h2> <p>The big pot of chili was great on Sunday, and made a yummy lunch on Monday. But by Tuesday, eh, aren't you chili'd-out? Rather than planning to eat the same thing all week, invest in good freezer containers. Batch cooking is economical and a super time-saver, but it's even better when you can mix things up.</p> <h2>10. Let Someone Else Cook</h2> <p>When I was a kid, I couldn't figure out why my parents didn't feed the poodle when they brought home those doggy bags (restaurants actually used to have pictures of dogs on doggy bags). Now, it's all about the biodegradable clamshell, of course. Restaurant portions are usually pretty large. I find that if I start with a salad, I have enough for really great leftovers the next day.</p> <h2>11. Roll It With Rice Paper</h2> <p>These go by a few names, including bánh tráng, spring roll skins, and rice paper rolls. They take a little practice to use &mdash; but don't worry, they're inexpensive. Basically, you dip the wrapper in hot water to soften and, working quickly, fill, roll, and wrap. Traditional wraps contain vermicelli noodles and thin strips of vegetables. Add a little peanut sauce and you'll have a really great, low-calorie lunch.&nbsp;(See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-delicious-ways-to-enjoy-cheap-spring-roll-wrappers-at-every-meal">20 Delicious Ways to Enjoy Cheap Spring Roll Wrappers at Every Meal</a>)</p> <h2>12. Wrap It With Tortillas</h2> <p>Tortilla wraps are really fast to put together and they travel well. Spread a thin layer of cream cheese onto a tortilla, toss on some pre-bagged salad mix, and add sliced chicken or turkey. Roll, and slice. You can also use them instead of bread for tuna or egg salad. Try boiled egg and avocado with a dab of Sriracha mayo and onion sprouts. Yum!</p> <h2>13. Stuff a Pita Bread</h2> <p>Look for the freshest pita you can buy at the store &mdash; if it is stale, it tends to split apart. Try filling with chicken Caesar salad or make a BLT. The handy pocket shape lends itself well to messy stuffings.</p> <h2>14. Bring a Burrito Bowl</h2> <p>Always save leftover rice or quinoa for your lunches. Top a layer with diced avocado, black beans, a little cheese, chopped tomatoes, and a little salsa. Delicious hot or cold.</p> <h2>15. Pack Some Healthy Ramen</h2> <p>I know, those noodles-in-a-cup couldn't be easier... but they are so unhealthy, laden as they are with fat, sodium, and MSG. The good news is that you can easily make your own <a href="http://www.seriouseats.com/2014/09/diy-instant-noodle-cups-food-lab.html">instant noodles</a> (the coconut curry is fantastic).</p> <p>Need to prove how much you can save? Try brown-bagging for a month, and remember to bank the amount you would have normally spent. You may also have found time to exercise and learn new things.</p> <p><em>In your opinion, readers, what makes the best brown-bag lunch?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-make-brown-bagging-it-better-than-buying-lunch">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/my-2016-budget-challenge-finding-food">My 2016 Budget Challenge: Finding Food</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-9-easiest-food-budget-wins">The 9 Easiest Food Budget Wins</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-a-surprising-amount-by-quitting-these-4-bad-habits">Save a Surprising Amount by Quitting These 4 Bad Habits</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-easy-ways-to-stretch-your-grocery-dollars">20 Easy Ways to Stretch Your Grocery Dollars</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-big-at-these-4-discount-supermarkets">Save Big at These 4 Discount Supermarkets</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink brown bagging food costs healthy eating lunches sack lunch saving money Tue, 09 Feb 2016 22:00:05 +0000 Marla Walters 1650373 at http://www.wisebread.com The 6 Healthiest Grocery Stores http://www.wisebread.com/the-6-healthiest-grocery-stores <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-6-healthiest-grocery-stores" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000056746246_Large.jpg" alt="the best grocery store to shop healthy" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Do you want to change your diet, cut back on sugar or soda, eat more whole foods, or go organic? If you do, you're definitely not alone. At least 8% of Americans <a href="http://maristpoll.marist.edu/tag/new-years-resolutions/">resolve to eat better</a> every year.</p> <p>In fact, eating better is actually a goal I've made before and one that I know is difficult. Eating habits are hard to change, especially when you're in a hurry and you know what you like. Because changing how you eat means changing how you buy food and how you cook, it can be difficult to fit all of the time it takes to make these changes into a busy schedule.</p> <p>Fortunately, you aren't working alone. Several grocery store chains have begun to actively promote healthy eating. Not sure where to start? Give one of these stores a try.</p> <h2>1. Kroger</h2> <p>The Kroger parent company not only owns the Kroger stores, but also stores branded as King Soopers, Fred Meyer, Harris Teeter, and more. This is good news, because it means that as long as you live in the continental United States, you probably have access to one.</p> <p>This brand cares a lot about promoting healthy food. Every food in their stores has a <a href="http://www.nuval.com/">NuVal number</a> on the tag. This number, between 1 and 100, helps you judge the overall nutritional quality of a food. The higher the number, the more nutritional punch the food packs. Look for foods with good ratings, and you have a better chance of eating healthy.</p> <p>Many Kroger stores also have dieticians who periodically lead tours of the stores (some of these tours are even designed for kids!). They might also hold short talks or Q&amp;A sessions, where you can get some of your more pressing nutritional questions answered.</p> <p>Kroger also promotes health in the community by donating <a href="http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/kroger-outlines-efforts-to-promote-healthier-lifestyles-at-international-forum-on-food-and-nutrition-300006342.html">quite a bit of fresh food</a> &mdash; like produce and meat &mdash; to food banks. If you care, not only about your own nutrition, but about that of those who can't afford to shop in the grocery stores, giving Kroger your business can help promote these initiatives.</p> <h2>2. Whole Foods</h2> <p>It may not surprise you, but Whole Foods actively promotes healthy eating, too. Their main venue for doing so is through sponsoring and offering various educational opportunities that relate to nutrition and how to eat well. These can vary between different locations and even between individual stores. Ask your local store about cooking classes, lectures, and various tastings and pairings.</p> <p>Whole Foods also offers a <a href="https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/service/health-starts-here-program">healthy eating specialist</a> as part of their Health Starts Here! program. Sometimes this person teaches group classes, but many are available by appointment to show you how to achieve your nutritional goals via foods the store sells.</p> <p>Finally, Whole Foods sponsors several 28-day challenges throughout the year. These are healthy eating intensives, <a href="https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/healthy-eating/meal-plans">complete with meal plans</a> and support from other people doing the program at the same time.</p> <h2>3. Aldi</h2> <p>If you live in the UK, and don't have the American-based grocery chains, never fear! Aldi also actively promotes healthy eating. Most recently, they have <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/aug/27/aldi-bans-sweets-checkouts-uk-stores">removed candy</a>, chocolates, and other sugar-filled treats from their checkout lines, replacing them instead with nuts, dried fruit, trail mixes, water, and other healthy goodies. This has been shown to help people make wiser snacking choices, simply because we often buy what is easily within reach. When those items are healthy, we eat better. (While Aldi also exists in some U.S. locations, I was unable to verify whether this program is in effect there, too.)</p> <p>In addition, the Australian version of Aldi offers an entire website dedicated to <a href="http://healthy-kids.com.au/parents/packing-a-healthy-lunchbox/aldi-lunchbox-initiative/">helping kids eat well</a>. This covers everything from healthy lunchbox options, to how to help picky eaters, to ideas for passing along behaviors towards food that are positive, rather than negative. If you have children who don't eat well, this could be a valuable resource (and it might help you pack your own lunch, too!).</p> <h2>4. Trader Joe's</h2> <p>If you are lucky enough to live near a Trader Joe's, check them out for some fun and healthy ideas. They offer a lot of convenience foods (like burritos you can heat up in the microwave and sweet potato fries that only need a few minutes in the oven before they're ready), and they have made a big effort to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.health-craze.com/tag/trader-joes/">create healthier versions</a>&nbsp;of these foods. Since many people feel like they don't have time to eat healthy, these foods can go far towards making this goal achievable.</p> <p>It's important to note that not everything Trader Joe's sells is health food. They have a reputation for promoting healthy eating for a good reason, but you still have to make smart choices on your own. Cookies and pastries are still cookies and pastries, even when you by them at TJs!</p> <h2>5 &amp; 6. Albertson's and Safeway</h2> <p>I lump these two together because, while neither chain has <em>completely </em>jumped onto the healthy eating bandwagon, they both offer their own in-house, organic brands. <a href="http://www.albertsons.com/organic-foods-our-products-why-organics-matter-to-us/">Albertson's has Wild Harvest</a>, and <a href="http://www.safeway.com/ShopStores/Brands/O-Organics.page">Safeway has O Organics</a>. While there's some question about whether eating organic food is actually healthier, it's nice to see these stores investing even a little bit in healthy eating. And if getting organic food is important to you, these brands are often cheaper than other organics!</p> <p><em>Where do you like to buy your groceries? How do they promote making good food choices?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-6-healthiest-grocery-stores">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-you-are-sabotaging-your-weekly-grocery-budget">9 Ways You Are Sabotaging Your Weekly Grocery Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-foods-with-the-most-bang-for-your-buck">10 Foods With the Most Bang for Your Buck</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-other-grocery-stores-should-steal-from-trader-joes">5 Things Other Grocery Stores Should Steal from Trader Joe&#039;s</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-times-to-go-grocery-shopping">The Best and Worst Times to Go Grocery Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-grocery-shop-for-five-on-100-a-week">How to Grocery Shop for Five on $100 a Week</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping grocery shopping grocery stores healthy eating healthy food healthy lifestyle Mon, 08 Feb 2016 12:00:04 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1651571 at http://www.wisebread.com Stock These 20 Frugal Foods for Tough Financial Times http://www.wisebread.com/stock-these-20-frugal-foods-for-tough-financial-times <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/stock-these-20-frugal-foods-for-tough-financial-times" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_making_stew_000063377505.jpg" alt="Woman stocking frugal foods for tough financial times" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When my husband and I were newlyweds, we had to drastically cut our spending in order to come up with a down payment on a house. At the time, the goal was daunting, but we did it, largely by reining in our grocery budget. Unfortunately, I didn't know much about cooking at the time. This meant eating a lot of macaroni and cheese.</p> <p>So, if you find yourself in a similar position, needing to save, what do you do? I sincerely do not recommend eating box upon box of mac and cheese. Instead, here are some pantry and fridge essentials to rely upon when money is tight. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-you-are-sabotaging-your-weekly-grocery-budget">9 Ways You Are Sabotaging Your Weekly Grocery Budget</a>)</p> <h2>1. Beans</h2> <p>If you have the time to soak and cook dried beans (about $1.49 for a pound), you'll save a little more, but canned are also a good deal (usually less than a dollar a can).</p> <h2>2. Rice</h2> <p>White rice is very inexpensive (around $6 for 10 pounds), but do yourself a favor and get brown, or at least &quot;half and half,&quot; which is not much more expensive but has greater nutritional value.</p> <h2>3. Bacon</h2> <p>Sorry, vegetarians, but adding even just a little bacon to so many foods elevates the meal. I buy it on sale (look for around $2.30 for a package) and freeze it. Add it to pasta, to an omelet, beans, the aforementioned rice, and things look more cheerful. <em>Yes, I'm staying in and watching a movie tonight, but I had bacon.</em></p> <h2>4. Frozen Petite Peas</h2> <p>There aren't a lot of frozen vegetables I really like, but when petite peas go on sale (around $2.38 for a pound), I load up my freezer. I prefer petite peas, which are sweeter and less chalky, to regular peas. What can you do with them? They can go with leftover rice in the morning for fried rice. They are an easy dinner side dish. Defrost slightly and toss into salads. I like to add a cup into my pasta water to to cook, and then add to my pasta dish. You can also defrost them, throw into your food processor, and make a pea hummus.</p> <h2>5. Panko Crumbs</h2> <p>I buy panko crumbs (Japanese bread crumbs) at Costco in the 2.2-pound resealable packages, because they're so much cheaper that way. I use them to bread pounded chicken, salmon croquettes, top macaroni and cheese (we now eat it again, occasionally), and fry vegetables. They can also be used to &quot;stretch&quot; meatballs and meatloaf. Heck, try breading Spam. It's pretty good.</p> <h2>6. Canned Salmon</h2> <p>Canned salmon works nicely in a creamy chowder with potatoes, or fried, with panko crumbs, as a croquette. Of course, it's also good for you, as it's full of Omega-3's. Look for it to go on sale for about $2.50 or less, per can.</p> <h2>7. Canned Tuna</h2> <p>A little food snobbery here: I don't like super-cheap tuna. I buy it at Costco, in eight-packs for $14.99, and I have also had Trader Joe's &mdash; both are a higher quality, so I don't feel like I'm eating something the cat should be having. It, of course, makes great sandwiches, but you can also make a quick Tuna Nicoise or tuck it into a classic tuna-noodle casserole.</p> <h2>8. Eggs</h2> <p>At only around $2 for a dozen, eggs are an excellent source of protein and can be made for any meal. Add chopped herbs or parmesan for an omelette; hard-boil for sandwiches; or make huevos with beans for dinner.</p> <h2>9. Lentils</h2> <p>My daughter had a college friend who made a pot of lentils every Sunday, and then ate them all week. He was really broke. I like lentils, but there is no way I could do that, even at a little over a buck a pound. Try them in stews, chilis, or even tacos and salads.</p> <h2>10. Peanut Butter</h2> <p>At around $2.50 per jar, we've all had our share of PB&amp;J's, right? Peanut butter has moved on, though, to fancier stuff. Try combining it with a little sesame oil and rice wine vinegar for an Asian-inspired coleslaw dressing. One of my breakfast favorites is to spread it on toast and slice bananas on top.</p> <h2>11. Bananas</h2> <p>For around a dollar or two a pound, this fruit is not only filling but also contain Vitamins B6 and C, manganese, and magnesium. If you overbuy, freeze some (defrost slightly, mash, and make banana ice cream), or make pancakes or banana bread.</p> <h2>12. Apples</h2> <p>At only about a dollar a pound, apples contain fiber and antioxidants. Add them to salads, slice onto peanut butter and toast, or pack a snack with sliced apples and a little cheese. You can bake them until tender and drizzle with honey.</p> <h2>13. Herbs</h2> <p>Even a teaspoon of fresh, chopped herbs adds a lot of flavor to eggs, rice, chicken, etc. You can also make pesto out of just about any nuts you have around and fresh herbs (try parsley and walnuts, or cilantro and macadamia nuts). Top potatoes with herbs, stir into pasta, or add to tuna or egg salad.</p> <h2>14. Garlic and Onions</h2> <p>Stay away from garlic in jars, which is expensive, and smash your own. Onions keep well, too, in a dark, cool, place. Both add incredible flavor to everything.</p> <h2>15. Cabbage</h2> <p>Crazy about coleslaw? With cabbage at only about .25 per serving, it makes sense to have it around. It also contains Vitamins C and K. It's also great cooked. After you cook 2-3 strips of bacon, drain off most of the fat, but not all; and saute three cups of shredded cabbage in the pan until it is limp. It tastes great with rice.</p> <h2>16. Pasta</h2> <p>A box of pasta is inexpensive ($2.50 will buy you two pounds of a good brand). Toss it with a little bacon and chopped herbs; or top with a fried egg! If you make too much pasta, you can eat it later in the week, or freeze (don't forget to label).</p> <h2>17. Oatmeal</h2> <p>Not only is oatmeal really good for you, fiber-wise, but it's extremely inexpensive and easy to make. I like mine with brown sugar, raisins, and bananas. If that doesn't hold you until lunchtime, nothing will! An 18-oz carton should run you less than $3.</p> <h2>18. Plain Yogurt</h2> <p>I prefer Greek-style, but it tends to be more expensive. Watch for weekly sales at grocery stores. Target is also a good place to watch. If you buy plain, you can jazz it up with honey, fruit, or even chocolate syrup. It will also stand in as sour cream and you can incorporate it into salad dressings and smoothies.</p> <h2>19. Milk</h2> <p>Now that I'm paying more attention to getting enough Vitamin D, I have started having an 8-ounce glass of milk with my lunch. I had forgotten how much it fills me up. A gallon of 2% will run about $5.</p> <h2>20. Whole Chickens</h2> <p>I lurk in the shadows of the meat department until whole chickens are $1.29 a pound, or less, and then buy a few. One night is a roast chicken, and the meat becomes sandwiches the next day. I like to make broth with the carcass, which gives me ammo for future soups.</p> <p><em>Did we miss any classic foods to nosh during tough times? Let us know in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stock-these-20-frugal-foods-for-tough-financial-times">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-you-are-sabotaging-your-weekly-grocery-budget">9 Ways You Are Sabotaging Your Weekly Grocery Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-81-best-tips-for-saving-big-at-the-grocery-store">Flashback Friday: The 81 Best Tips for Saving Big at the Grocery Store</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-delicious-raw-recipes-to-try-this-summer">11 Delicious Raw Recipes to Try This Summer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-times-to-go-grocery-shopping">The Best and Worst Times to Go Grocery Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-107-best-breakfast-hacks-to-start-your-day-off-right">Flashback Friday: The 107 Best Breakfast Hacks to Start Your Day Off Right</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Food and Drink comfort food Food frugal food grocery shopping healthy eating Wed, 06 Jan 2016 16:00:03 +0000 Marla Walters 1633483 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: How to Shop, Cook, and Eat Healthy for One http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-shop-cook-and-eat-healthy-for-one <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-how-to-shop-cook-and-eat-healthy-for-one" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_healthy_eating_000053026536.jpg" alt="Woman learning how to cook, shop, and eat healthy for one" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found articles on how to shop and cook healthy for one, New Year&rsquo;s resolutions to make with your kids, and things that every 30-year-old should stop worrying about.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://vitals.lifehacker.com/how-to-shop-cook-and-eat-healthy-when-eating-for-one-1749385732">How to Shop, Cook, and Eat Healthy When Eating for One</a> &mdash; Design your meals around foods you like and will actually eat. A healthy meal isn't much help if you hate eating it. [Vitals]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/7-new-year-resolutions-make-with-your-kids/">7 New Year&rsquo;s Resolutions to Make With Your Kids</a> &mdash; Make a resolution to spend one-on-one time with each of your kids once a month. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://www.stevenaitchison.co.uk/blog/10-things-every-30-year-old-should-stop-worrying-about-now/">10 Things Every 30 Year Old Should Stop Worrying About Now</a> &mdash; Stop worrying about taking the perfect selfie. You have better things to do! [Change Your Thoughts]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Things-You-Forget-Do-Before-Leaving-Vacation-35113991">14 Things You Forget to Do Before Leaving For Vacation</a> &mdash; Let your bank and credit card provider know you're going on a trip and will probably be making charges outside your usual area. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/9-tricks-jump-2016-money-resolutions.html">9 tricks to get a jump on 2016 money resolutions</a> &mdash; Set aside a few hours to call your service providers and ask for better deals. While you're at it, cancel memberships that you no longer use. [Bargaineering]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/7-reasons-rejected-improves-life/">7 Reasons Being Rejected Improves Your Life</a> &mdash; Rejection helps you become a better person. When you receive feedback and evaluate the reason for your rejection, your odds of succeeding next time increases. [Pick The Brain]</p> <p><a href="http://shopperstrategy.com/2015/12/22/11-family-friendly-ideas-for-new-years-eve/">11 Family Friendly Ideas for New Year&rsquo;s Eve</a> &mdash; Have a family slumber party in your living room! Spend the night cuddled on the couch or on the floor and watch movies or the ball drop in Times Square. [Shopper Strategy]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/The-Bite/2015/1221/Sixteen-burger-concepts-to-watch-in-2016">Sixteen burger concepts to watch in 2016</a> &mdash; Watch out for these burger chains! You'll likely be hearing more about these up-and-coming chains in 2016. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.cheapism.com/blog/4027/hangover-remedy-myths">10 Hangover 'Cures' Debunked</a> &mdash; Greasy foods won't help with a hangover. What you want are calories, so go for simple carbs like toast, oatmeal, and cereal that raise blood sugar. [Cheapism]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/4-easy-ways-to-bond-with-your-children">4 Easy Ways to Bond With Your Children</a> &mdash; Involve your kids when you're doing household chores. This gives you the opportunity to chat and be physically near your kids. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-shop-cook-and-eat-healthy-for-one">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-delicious-raw-recipes-to-try-this-summer">11 Delicious Raw Recipes to Try This Summer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stock-these-20-frugal-foods-for-tough-financial-times">Stock These 20 Frugal Foods for Tough Financial Times</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-affordable-alternatives-to-processed-meats">7 Affordable Alternatives to Processed Meats</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-delicious-make-ahead-salads">20 Delicious Make-Ahead Salads</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-cooking-oils-for-your-heart-and-wallet">The Best Cooking Oils: For Your Heart and Wallet</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money tips healthy eating Mon, 28 Dec 2015 20:00:04 +0000 Amy Lu 1626416 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Ways You Are Sabotaging Your Weekly Grocery Budget http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-you-are-sabotaging-your-weekly-grocery-budget <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-ways-you-are-sabotaging-your-weekly-grocery-budget" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man_confused_groceries_000061844584.jpg" alt="Man learning ways he&#039;s sabotaging his grocery budget" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Food is something we need in order to survive, and like all good things, it doesn't always come cheap. When you live on a budget, as most of us do, many expenses are &quot;fixed&quot; expenses &mdash; your mortgage or rent, car payments, and insurance premiums. So where is there flexibility to save? In your grocery budget, believe it or not. If you work at it, you can not only stay within a grocery budget, but you can also save a lot of money. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries?ref=seealso">Credit Cards with Bonus Rewards for Grocery Purchases</a>)</p> <p>Here's why you keep sabotaging your grocery budget, and how to avoid the overspending trap we all tend to fall into.</p> <h2>1.You Don't Do Meal Planning</h2> <p>There are dozens of websites and apps that will do this for you, but all you really need is a pen and a piece of paper. Map out each day of the week, and write next to it what you plan to eat that day. From that list, make a grocery list. The advantages of planning your meals are plentiful:</p> <ul> <li>You can shop once per week.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You can check the grocery ads for what is on sale, and cut coupons.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You will stay out of stores and restaurants (and away from temptation).<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You will be eating healthier meals.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>If you let your family chime in, you will have less food waste, if they get to eat what they like.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You'll make an effort to bring more variety into your diet.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You can quickly track your spending week to week.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Meal planning makes life easier, and reduces stress.</li> </ul> <h2>2. You Don't Cook</h2> <p>Maybe you don't <em>like</em> to cook, or you don't know <em>how</em>. For those of you who don't like to cook, there are a couple of solutions. First, you can do batch cooking of a couple of things and eat them all week. Another idea is to trade the cooking chore for some other household chore. In our household, I cook, which I love; and my husband does the laundry, which I despise.</p> <p>If you don't know <em>how</em> to cook, you can certainly learn through classes, YouTube, reading cookbooks, or just asking someone to show you how.</p> <h2>3. You Don't Do Batch Cooking</h2> <p>Years ago, I was in a &quot;casserole club&quot; where we would all make casseroles and exchange them, and then be done for the week. It meant spending a good part of Sunday cooking and delivering, but cooking once per week was great, at the time. Lately, some of my younger coworkers have taken this idea and are doing healthy batch-cooking. (I have been jealous of the breakfast burritos filled with peppers, quinoa, egg whites, and spinach.)</p> <p>Batch cooking has benefits such as saving money, wasting less food, and being able to relax more. Try making a lasagne and freezing half. It's so nice, after a long day, to just pull something out of the freezer to reheat. Chili and Jambalaya also freeze really well.</p> <h2>4. You Don't Like Eating Leftovers</h2> <p>Maybe that's because you get bored easily, and like more variety. The trick is to transform the leftovers into something interesting. Try out apps and programs like <a href="https://www.bigoven.com/recipes/leftover">bigoven</a>, where you enter what leftovers you have, and voila, you get suggestions for &quot;new&quot; meals.</p> <h2>5. You Are Buying Trendy Stuff</h2> <p>Oh, look, a section of your grocery that has all gluten-free items! Unless you have been medically diagnosed as having celiac disease, you shouldn't assume you have it. And these items labeled as &quot;paleo-friendly&quot;... what does that even mean?</p> <p>And watch for <a href="http://www.dailyfinance.com/2010/09/27/10-most-overpriced-products-you-should-avoid/">store markups</a>. The biggest markup is bottled water, at up to 4,000%. Fancy coffee is a 300% markup. Pre-cut fruits and vegetables have a 40% markup. I love those in-store bakeries, but after learning about their 100% markup, I dragged my breadmaker back out of storage.</p> <h2>6. You Buy Lunches Out</h2> <p>I have coworkers who eat out every day. Let's look at that cost:</p> <p>If you're spending $5 a day (average) x 5 days per week = $25 a week x 4 = $100 per month, x 12 = <strong>$1,200</strong> a year. According to <em>Forbes, </em>most Americans go out for lunch on average twice a week and spend $10 each time. Do you fit the average? Would you rather spend that money, or a least a portion of it, on something else?</p> <p>Instead, try to pack a traditional &quot;brown-bag&quot; lunch as often as possible. Make an effort, though, to pack foods you really like, or you'll take one look at your peanut butter and toss it in favor of going out.</p> <h2>7. You Refuse to Use Coupons</h2> <p>Confession: I don't enjoy using coupons. They usually get lost in my purse, and I really have to force myself to wade through the grocery circulars. My trick? On Twitter, I followed a local coupon-cutting maniac. She tweets the best specials at local stores and I just go get them based on her very solid recommendations.</p> <h2>8. You Are Spending Too Much on Fruit</h2> <p>According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the most expensive way to buy fruit is fresh. That is followed by frozen, then canned, and finally dried. Fresh can be a good deal, so long as it is in season. Unseasonal fruit is a budget-wrecker. Grocers know this, and about the time we're sick of winter apples, pears, and oranges, they roll out some strawberries.</p> <p>By buying unseasonal fruit, you're also being a lousy locavore. That produce had to be shipped from far away. If you prefer summer fruits to winter fruits, try these strategies:</p> <ul> <li>During the summer, prep and freeze some of your favorites (berries do very well in the freezer).<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Learn to can (home-canned peaches in January will be very welcome) or invest in a dehydrator (mine even makes fruit roll-ups).</li> </ul> <h2>9. You Like to Shop at Nice Stores</h2> <p>I appreciate the soft lighting, wooden floors, and attractive displays of produce, cheeses, and wines at nice and somewhat <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ways-to-save-money-at-whole-foods">luxurious grocery stores</a>. You can buy coffee and sip while you shop. They have olive and sushi bars. It's pleasant! Who wouldn't want to shop at a store like that?</p> <p>Unfortunately, you are paying about 20% extra for that ambiance. If you are a family of four, paying around $800 per month for groceries, that extra 20% takes you up to $960. Compare prices of items on your list at a store with harsh lighting, linoleum, no coffee and very few &quot;upscale&quot; products. You are bound to be surprised at how much less those products are.</p> <p><em>How do you save money on your grocery budget?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-you-are-sabotaging-your-weekly-grocery-budget">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-6-healthiest-grocery-stores">The 6 Healthiest Grocery Stores</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-81-best-tips-for-saving-big-at-the-grocery-store">Flashback Friday: The 81 Best Tips for Saving Big at the Grocery Store</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stock-these-20-frugal-foods-for-tough-financial-times">Stock These 20 Frugal Foods for Tough Financial Times</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/menu-planning-backwards-and-forwards">Menu Planning Backwards and Forwards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-cut-your-grocery-bill">5 Ways to Cut Your Grocery Bill</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Food and Drink Shopping food budget fresh food grocery budget grocery shopping healthy eating Mon, 21 Dec 2015 10:01:02 +0000 Marla Walters 1623599 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Affordable Alternatives to Processed Meats http://www.wisebread.com/7-affordable-alternatives-to-processed-meats <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-affordable-alternatives-to-processed-meats" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/000076824965.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's no secret that processed meats aren't great for you. A frightening medical study even correlates them to an increased risk of <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18444144">colorectal cancer</a> and the World Health Organization just rated processed meats as a <a href="http://www.who.int/features/qa/cancer-red-meat/en/">Group 1 Carcinogen</a>, or cancer-causing substance. Alas meat-lovers, not all is lost. Read on for our roundup of tasty, affordable alternatives to processed meats. You just might discover a new lunchtime favorite.</p> <h2>1. Cauliflower Steaks</h2> <p>Give the modest cauliflower a chance to shine. Slice a whole head of cauliflower, from florets to stem, into flat sections about a half an inch thick. The surfaces of each &quot;steak&quot; caramelize when you roast them in a pan, creating a more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-slow-cooker-recipes-for-busy-or-lazy-vegetarians">healthful, vegetarian version</a> of a steak dinner. Added bonus? At an average price of $1.23 per pound, a head of cauliflower is far more economical than any cut of steak. Flavor to taste with a delicious vegetable gravy of your choice.</p> <h2>2. Brussels Sprouts Sliders</h2> <p>Imagine a confit of caramelized onions, tangy mustard, and savory tempeh sandwiched between two crunchy Brussels sprouts &quot;buns.&quot; This creative and nutritious take on ballpark food will leave you feeling sinless. Note: Most hamburger meat is not processed. But if you want to be 100% certain, these <a href="http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1016967-brussels-sprouts-sliders">vegan-friendly sliders</a> are a sure bet. Not to mention, they're easy on the wallet.</p> <h2>3. Baconnaise</h2> <p>Three cheers for <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002HQNCBO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B002HQNCBO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=PV75ZFO5MEFCVOHD">bacon-flavored mayonnaise</a>! Believe it or not, this tasty concoction is vegetarian and kosher. Baconnaise is the smooth and slightly smoky creation of J&amp;D's Foods. The company recommends slathering it on sandwich breads, adding a dollop to your salads, or spreading it over your favorite fish.</p> <h2>4. DIY Roast Beef</h2> <p>Unlike most cold cuts, a <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/easy-roast-beef-370461">home-cooked roast beef</a> isn't processed. And, when cooked right, it can be a juicy substitute to any of the tired lunch meats. Simply chill, slice, and serve on your favorite sandwich bread. (Note that the WHO also added red meat to its list of Group 2 carcinogens.)</p> <h2>5. Egg Salad</h2> <p>There's something homey and downright comforting about an egg salad sandwich. High in protein, the basic egg salad goes something like this: chopped up hard-boiled eggs, onion, and celery mashed together with mayonnaise. Season with salt, pepper, and paprika to taste. Add some extra pizzazz with mustard, hot sauce, green onion, cilantro, or curry.</p> <h2>6. Marmite</h2> <p>Quite frankly, you'll either love or hate the flavor of this British sandwich spread. For those who haven't been privileged enough to try, Marmite's major ingredients include yeast extract, salt, vegetable extract, niacin, thiamine, spice extracts, riboflavin, folic acid, and celery extract &mdash; though the full recipe is a trade secret. At any rate, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00886IHUI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00886IHUI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=BPYFLOLUSI7K7G2Q">Marmite</a> is vegetarian and packed with vitamins, and your very first jar will only set you back about $7.</p> <h2>7. Rotisserie Chicken</h2> <p>This delicious dinnertime entree is also great for making wraps, tacos, quesadillas, stir fry, flatbread, chicken salad, and so much more. Whip it together with a hearty helping of Buffalo sauce. Add it to your favorite soup. Lunch opportunities galore.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite alternative to processed meats?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-affordable-alternatives-to-processed-meats">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-102-amazing-food-hacks-you-have-to-try-this-summer">Flashback Friday: 102 Amazing Food Hacks You Have to Try This Summer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-delicious-raw-recipes-to-try-this-summer">11 Delicious Raw Recipes to Try This Summer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-nuts-by-nutrition-and-price">The Best and Worst Nuts, by Nutrition and Price</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/end-potato-prejudice-10-reasons-why-you-should-eat-potatoes">End Potato Prejudice: 10 Reasons Why You Should Eat Potatoes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-delicious-make-ahead-salads">20 Delicious Make-Ahead Salads</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink cancer food alternatives healthy eating processed meats Fri, 20 Nov 2015 12:00:27 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1614977 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Foods Science Says Are Healthier for Your Hair http://www.wisebread.com/10-foods-science-says-are-healthier-for-your-hair <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-foods-science-says-are-healthier-for-your-hair" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/000061294698_0.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Did you know that it's scientifically proven that eating a variety of specific foods can help improve the health and appearance of your hair, while making it grow faster and longer? And in most cases, you can expect to begin seeing results in as little as two weeks.</p> <p>Whether you're recovering from a bad haircut, want long mermaid locks for your wedding, or just want to improve the length or thickness of your hair, make sure to include more of the following foods in your diet.</p> <h2>1. Salmon</h2> <p>Fish and shellfish provide the omega-3 fatty acids, iron, selenium, and vitamins B and D that your hair needs to grow healthy, smooth, shiny, strong, hydrated, and thick. Salmon, sardines, and mackerel are the best sources of this healthy fat, but shrimp and other fish and shellfish are also great options. Omega-3 can support healthy hair growth, so if you aren't getting enough fish in your diet, consider taking an omega-3 supplement.</p> <h2>2. Red Meat</h2> <p>Red meat contains iron and zinc, both of which are essential for hair growth because they can <a href="http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20734150_2,00.html">help hair follicles to grow</a>. Red meat is also a great source of protein, which your hair also needs in order to grow. If you wanted an excuse to eat more steak and lean red meat, now you have it.</p> <h2>3. Lean Protein</h2> <p>Protein is the building block of life, and of your hair. Lean sources of protein, like chicken and turkey, will boost your hair strength, make your hair shinier, and promote cell growth and repair. Turkey is also a great source of iron, while chicken is packed with biotin.</p> <h2>4. Eggs</h2> <p>Eggs are packed with vitamins B and D, biotin, choline, iron, zinc, selenium, and protein, which your hair needs to grow healthy and strong. If you don't get enough eggs in your diet, you can always add them to a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-easy-luxury-hair-treatments-from-your-kitchen">DIY hair mask</a> for an alternative way to benefit from the egg whites and yolks.</p> <h2>5. Dark Leafy Greens</h2> <p>Eating more dark leafy greens, like spinach and kale, will pay off in unbeatable health benefits, weight loss, and hair growth. Spinach has vitamins A and C, iron, folate, beta-carotene, and other nutrients that can battle thin, brittle hair, leaving it soft, smooth, and shiny. It can also help produce sebum, which can prevent your hair from breaking off and leave you with healthier, more moisturized hair and scalp.</p> <h2>6. Greek Yogurt</h2> <p>Greek yogurt is packed with protein, biotin, and calcium. It also has vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), which can help with blood flow to the scalp. Eating more low-fat or nonfat yogurt or greek yogurt will help with hair growth and fight hair thinning and fallout.</p> <h2>7. Walnuts</h2> <p>Nuts like peanuts, pecans, almonds, and cashews will all benefit your health and hair, but walnuts are particularly effective with hair growth. They can strengthen the hair follicles, improve scalp health, and make your hair smoother and shinier. Nuts (and particularly walnuts) are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, biotin, zinc, copper, selenium, vitamin E, and magnesium.</p> <h2>8. Kidney Beans</h2> <p>Iron is essential for hair growth, according to author and nutritionist, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1623360323/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=1623360323&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=XD2SNBCVNQF7RYSZ">Rania Batayneh</a>, and beans are a great source of protein and iron, making them the perfect side item or vegetarian option. Kidney beans are particularly beneficial because they are also packed with zinc and biotin. Beans and soy can also help the body make keratin, which can help build hair.</p> <h2>9. Soybeans or Lentils</h2> <p>Soybeans, quinoa, chickpeas, and lentils are a great source of protein, zinc, biotin, and iron. They make the perfect side dishes or they can be a great meat substitute for vegetarians.</p> <h2>10. Water</h2> <p>Water is the single most important thing for a healthy body and healthy hair growth. It is essential in carrying nutrients and oxygen to the cells and is required if you want to grow healthy, shiny hair. Your hair is the last thing to receive nutrients from the body, so make sure to increase your water intake for maximum results.</p> <h2>Multivitamins and Supplements</h2> <p>Taking a daily multivitamin may help fill in whatever vitamins and nutrients your body may be lacking. Along with your daily multivitamin, you may also want to add the following supplements to your daily routine</p> <ul> <li>Vitamin B</li> <li>Vitamin C</li> <li>Vitamin D</li> <li>Niacin (vitamin B3)</li> <li>Biotin</li> <li>Iron</li> <li>Zinc</li> <li>Copper</li> <li>Folic Acid</li> <li>Saw Palmetto</li> <li>Omega-3</li> </ul> <p>Hair growth supplements are supplements designed to give your body what it needs to allow your hair to grow. These commonly have a combination of the supplements listed above and can be really effective when you want to grow your hair quickly. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-hair-growth-supplements">The 5 Best Hair Growth Supplements</a>)</p> <p><em>Do you know of any other scientifically proven ingredients for hair growth? Please share your thoughts in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-foods-science-says-are-healthier-for-your-hair">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/peanut-butter-the-poor-man-s-protein">Peanut Butter: The Poor Man’s Protein</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/move-over-weight-watchers-the-new-pyramid-is-here">Move Over Weight Watchers, the New Pyramid is Here!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-new-face-of-poverty-is-fat">The new face of poverty is fat</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/waste-not-revisiting-the-5-second-rule-and-other-kitchen-classics">Waste Not! Revisiting the 5-Second Rule and other Kitchen Classics</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-fun-and-easy-ways-to-add-years-to-your-life">9 Fun and Easy Ways to Add Years to Your Life</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks Health and Beauty Food hair growth Health health supplements healthy eating Thu, 15 Oct 2015 11:00:17 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1592502 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Healthy Ways to Make Classic Comfort Foods http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-healthy-ways-to-make-classic-comfort-foods <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-healthy-ways-to-make-classic-comfort-foods" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_comfort_food_000015788558.jpg" alt="Woman finding healthy ways to make classic comfort foods" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on healthier ways to make classic comfort foods, easy tricks to clean pots and pans, and unusual uses for honey.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/slideshows/5-healthy-variations-comfort-food-classics/">5 Healthy Variations on Comfort-Food Classics</a> &mdash; You can have a tasty, crispy piece of chicken without the fat and cholesterol of cooking oil! All you need are panko bread crumbs and a trusty oven. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://thefrugalgirls.com/2015/05/ways-to-clean-pots-and-pans.html">26 Easy Tricks to Clean Pots and Pans!</a> &mdash; Let it soak overnight &mdash; with a dryer sheet! [The Frugal Girls]</p> <p><a href="http://bargainbabe.com/16-unusual-uses-for-honey/">16 Unusual Uses for Honey</a> &mdash; Take advantage of honey's anti-bacterial properties and use it to treat acne. [Bargain Babe]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2015/0521/Six-ways-for-teens-to-make-money-during-summer-vacation">Six ways for teens to make money during summer vacation</a> &mdash; Lifeguarding is hard work, but it's a great way for teens to make money if they're mentally and physically prepared for it. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Wash-Pillows-34751542">The Super Simple Guide to Washing Your Pillows</a> &mdash; Before you get them anywhere near your washing machine, check your pillows for any holes or tears. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.northerncheapskate.com/7-mistakes-people-make-when-decluttering/">7 Mistakes People Make When Decluttering</a> &mdash; Decluttering is all about getting rid of stuff &mdash; there's no need to buy drawer organizers and storage totes for the things you decide to keep. [The Northern Cheapskate]</p> <p><a href="http://www.morewithlesstoday.com/10-tips-for-scoring-great-finds-at-the-thrift-store/">10 Tips for Scoring Great Finds at the Thrift Store</a> &mdash; Check local thrifts stores when you're on vacation, especially if you're visiting a touristy area. Hotels will often drop off unclaimed electronics and clothing! [More With Less Today]</p> <p><a href="http://adebtfreestressfreelife.com/3-tips-to-end-the-cycle-of-money-hoarding/">3 Tips To End The Cycle of Money Hoarding</a> &mdash; Carelessly spending money isn't good, but neither is the other extreme or hoarding every penny. [A Debt Free Stress Free Life]</p> <p><a href="http://timemanagementninja.com/2015/05/4-tips-on-doing-what-you-dont-want-to-do">4 Tips on Doing What You Don&rsquo;t Want to Do</a> &mdash; The start is always the hardest part! Just remember that once you take the first step, however small it is, the rest will follow. [Time Management Ninja]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/14-ways-to-make-stress-work-for-you">14 Ways to Make Stress Work for You</a> &mdash; Use the stress to challenge yourself in positive ways. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-healthy-ways-to-make-classic-comfort-foods">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stock-these-20-frugal-foods-for-tough-financial-times">Stock These 20 Frugal Foods for Tough Financial Times</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-delicious-raw-recipes-to-try-this-summer">11 Delicious Raw Recipes to Try This Summer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-affordable-alternatives-to-processed-meats">7 Affordable Alternatives to Processed Meats</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-delicious-make-ahead-salads">20 Delicious Make-Ahead Salads</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-cooking-oils-for-your-heart-and-wallet">The Best Cooking Oils: For Your Heart and Wallet</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money tips comfort food healthy eating Mon, 25 May 2015 19:00:35 +0000 Amy Lu 1433666 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Foods Scientifically Proven to Make You Happier http://www.wisebread.com/7-foods-scientifically-proven-to-make-you-happier <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-foods-scientifically-proven-to-make-you-happier" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_chocolate_000031568798.jpg" alt="Woman eating bar of chocolate to make herself happier" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you're still fighting off the lingering effects of seasonal affective disorder with unhealthy comfort foods, try eating some of these seven foods instead. They're healthier than cheesy chips and proven to make you feel happier.</p> <h2>1. Chocolate</h2> <p>How couldn't it be? Not surprisingly, chocolate is a <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2014/04/07/why-chocolate-really-is-the-secret-to-happiness-2/">certified feel-good food</a> containing chemicals proven to alter mood. Caffeine, for starters, is known to make us bouncy and awaken our muscles. As another bonus, the compound anandamide has been singled out for positively <a href="http://www.rsc.org/chemistryworld/Issues/2004/July/anandamide.asp">affecting anxiety and depression</a>. So keep eating chocolate!</p> <h2>2. Shellfish</h2> <p>Oysters are one of the most zinc-rich foods we have, resulting again in lowered anxiety and depression. Clams are full of vitamin B12, a vitamin that your doctor has almost certainly reminded you to ingest more of due to the brain's need to make mood-improving dopamine and serotonin. Unless you suffer a shellfish allergy, try these as an indulgent way to get your brain boost.</p> <h2>3. Coffee</h2> <p>The world runs on coffee! Here's why: Women who drank more than two cups of coffee per day were 15% less likely to suffer from depression. This is partly thanks to beloved caffeine, which can <a href="http://www.prevention.com/health/healthy-living/infographic-health-benefits-coffee">increases dopamine and serotonin</a> levels within 30 minutes.</p> <h2>4. Salmon</h2> <p>Vitamin D is literally the sunshine we need to keep going, as our body converts sunlight into this mood-balancing and health-regulating nutrient. Salmon, and other foods packed with omega-3 fatty acids, are already good for you. But did you know that salmon is also rich in vitamin D? A deficiency in vitamin D is proven to <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2908269/">contribute to depression</a> and mood swings. If you can't get out in the sun a little bit each day, try eating vitamin D rich foods like salmon, tuna, mackerel, beef liver, cheese, and egg yolks.</p> <h2>5. Broccoli</h2> <p>Eating your vegetables is not only great for overall health and weight loss, but their nutrients also make your brain happier. Broccoli has trace levels of chromium, a mineral in which many of us are deficient. Chromium increases brain function by <a href="http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Chromium-HealthProfessional/#h6">regulating insulin</a> and metabolizing food, which in turn stabilizes mood. If you've ever had wild mood swings from a blood sugar crash, eating more whole foods like fresh broccoli could help.</p> <h2>6. Almonds</h2> <p>Keeping a stash of nuts at your desk is a good idea. Almonds, peanuts, and cashews are all well stocked in magnesium, a mineral that greatly <a href="http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/magnesium">aids serotonin development</a> in the brain. Lacking adequate levels of magnesium in your diet can have a visibly negative impact on your mood, contributing to depression. Keep almonds and other magnesium-rich snacks around for an afternoon pick-me-up.</p> <h2>7. Yogurt</h2> <p>Probiotics are well known as a force of good in your gut, but did you know that fixing your gut could also help fix your brain? When your digestive system has an flora imbalance in favor of &quot;bad&quot; bacteria, it can generate negative <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/11/18/244526773/gut-bacteria-might-guide-the-workings-of-our-minds">signals to your brain</a> that lead to distressed and depressed behavior. A healthy balance of good bacteria such as lactobacillus rhamnosus can keep you calmer and more even-keeled throughout the day. Plus, the calcium in yogurt (especially when paired with vitamin D) <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11834431">helps regulate mood</a> as well.</p> <p><em>What foods do you eat to boost your mood?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amanda-meadows">Amanda Meadows</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-foods-scientifically-proven-to-make-you-happier">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-nuts-by-nutrition-and-price">The Best and Worst Nuts, by Nutrition and Price</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/end-potato-prejudice-10-reasons-why-you-should-eat-potatoes">End Potato Prejudice: 10 Reasons Why You Should Eat Potatoes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-foods-with-the-most-bang-for-your-buck">10 Foods With the Most Bang for Your Buck</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-foods-scientifically-proven-to-increase-your-sex-drive">7 Foods Scientifically Proven to Increase Your Sex Drive</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-supposedly-unhealthy-foods-that-are-actually-good-for-you">8 Supposedly Unhealthy Foods That Are Actually Good for You</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Personal Development food for depression food science healthy eating nutrition Tue, 14 Apr 2015 17:00:19 +0000 Amanda Meadows 1382361 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Easy Strategies for Healthy Eating Habits http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-easy-strategies-for-health-eating-habits <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-easy-strategies-for-health-eating-habits" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/happy-woman-eating-salad-vegetables-kitchen-iStock_000019910148_Small.jpg" alt="woman eating salad" title="woman eating salad" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on strategies for healthy eating, myths that get in the way of business success, and how to clean everything inside your home and out.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://moneyminiblog.com/productivity/gradually-adopt-healthy-eating-habits/">5 Easy Strategies to Gradually Adopt Healthy Eating Habits</a> &mdash; With the group strategy, you decide on a certain group of food to eliminate from your diet. It can be as big (breads, dairy, sweets) or as small (cheese, white bread, cake) as you like! [Money Mini Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://www.yourlifeyourway.net/2015/02/13/debunked-3-myths-that-get-in-the-way-of-business-success">Debunked! 3 Myths That Get in the Way of Business Success.</a> &mdash; Winners never quit and quitters never win&hellip; or do they? It's OK to take another path if you know your current one isn't right for you. [Your Life Your Way]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Clean-Everything-Home-34923201#photo-34923201">How to Clean Everything in Your Home and Beyond</a> &mdash; Vinegar works great against rust stains in the bathroom! [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2015/0302/Treat-yourself!-Eight-little-luxuries-for-under-100">Treat Yourself! Eight Little Luxuries for Under $100.</a> &mdash; These luxury items are the favorites of stars, famous artists, and connoisseurs &mdash; and you can get each for under $100. Grab a Parker Sonnet fountain pen at Amazon for $67! [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://gradmoneymatters.com/money-making-ideas/how-to-stay-sane-when-traveling-for-business.html">How to Stay Sane When Traveling for Business</a> &mdash; When you're always traveling for business, it's important to bring something that isn't related to work: a book, a hobby project, or anything else that reminds you of home. [Grad Money Matters]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.girlsjustwannahavefunds.com/4-of-the-best-career-lessons-from-jobs-i-hated/">4 of The Best Career Lessons From Jobs I Hated</a> &mdash; Know what you're worth! If your employer doesn't intend to honor it, look for another company that will. [Girls Just Wanna Have Funds]</p> <p><a href="http://afewshortcuts.com/2015/03/10-tips-for-the-best-easter-egg-hunt">10 Tips for the Best Easter Egg Hunt</a> &mdash; If the children are all different ages, color code the eggs to the they'll get age-appropriate prizes. [A Few Short Cuts]</p> <p><a href="http://www.stevenaitchison.co.uk/blog/5-signs-ego-controlling-life">5 Signs That Your Ego Is Controlling Your Life</a> &mdash; Are you always comparing yourself to others? Is life an unending competition for you? [Change Your Thoughts]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/what-you-need-to-know-about-the-new-peanut-allergy-study">What You Need to Know About the New Peanut Allergy Study</a> &mdash; A recent study confirms that people can become desensitized to peanut allergies by ingesting small but increasing amounts of peanuts over time. However, this isn't a cure. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneycrashers.com/write-update-will-process/">Complete or Update Your Will</a> &mdash; Whether you do it yourself or use an attorney, you should be well-informed of the whole process when it comes to writing your will. [Smart About Money]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-easy-strategies-for-health-eating-habits">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-delicious-raw-recipes-to-try-this-summer">11 Delicious Raw Recipes to Try This Summer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stock-these-20-frugal-foods-for-tough-financial-times">Stock These 20 Frugal Foods for Tough Financial Times</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-affordable-alternatives-to-processed-meats">7 Affordable Alternatives to Processed Meats</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-delicious-make-ahead-salads">20 Delicious Make-Ahead Salads</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-cooking-oils-for-your-heart-and-wallet">The Best Cooking Oils: For Your Heart and Wallet</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money tips healthy eating Mon, 09 Mar 2015 19:00:06 +0000 Amy Lu 1328313 at http://www.wisebread.com