Healthy foods made simple, delicious, and cost conscious

tips for making healthy eating delicious, simple, and budget friendly

If you learned a food item was especially nutritious, would it prompt you to eat it?

Researchers say if you are a typical American the answer is an emphatic, "No!"

In fact, Americans say when they select foods to eat they consider taste, cost, and convenience before nutritional value.

If you are a typical American, how can you turn this around? How can you meet all four criteria, for a healthy diet that is satisfying, easy and doesn't break the bank? Here are some tips:

  1. Join a farm share program or shop the farmer's market. Produce is fresher and tastier. It also tends to be less costly
  2. Make healthy foods convenient. Wash fruit and vegetables and slice them up so they are ready for eating during the week. Keep bowls of fresh and clean cherry tomatoes, strawberries, blueberries, carrot sticks, and sliced cucumbers at eye level in your refrigerator
  3. Buy produce that is in season. It tastes better and is cheaper
  4. Join a warehouse like BJ's or Costco, where fresh beef, pork, salmon, lobster, mahi-mahi, asparagus, mushrooms, spinach, corn, mangos, bananas, pineapple, and raspberries are sold for a fraction of the costs you find in typical grocery stores
  5. Experiment with recipes. Fashion yummy chips out of kale, make frozen yogurt banana pops. Whip pudding out of avocados and dates. 
  6. Start a garden, and grow your own fresh vegetables and herbs. 
  7. Keep a large jug of fresh water in your refrigerator, flavored with your favorite fruits, vegetables and herbs. Try cucumbers, watermelon, mint, lemons, limes, melon

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