Smoothies are all the rage these days- specifically ones of the green variety. Adding some kale or spinach not only gives a beautiful green hue to your fruit smoothie, but it also adds fiber, vitamin A, C, and K. And because of the sweetness from the fruit, the green veggies don’t have much of a flavor at all. My favorite green smoothie is a wonderful way to start the day. Usually I’m not too hungry for breakfast in the early morning before work, so this smoothie is easy way to get a power boost that does not drag me down. The fiber, vitamins, and cancer fighting phytonutrients make this recipe a great choice to make every day.
It is well known that healthy and fresh foods are expensive and junk foods cost less. What is the best way to eat healthy while sticking to a frugal budget? Here are some tips that I personally follow in order to keep my diet healthy and still have money left to pay the bills:
A few years ago no-knead bread became all the rage in the food blog world after Jim Lahey’s recipe was published in the New York Times. I absolutely love this recipe. It is so incredibly simple and extremely economical. I probably make this recipe at least a couple times a month. This bread has a chewy inside and crispy outside that could easily be compared to a professional bakery. It does take some planning ahead of time for the dough to rise (14-18 hours), but it involves very little actual work to prepare. I usually adjust the recipe to have much less salt and half whole wheat flour to add some extra fiber and micronutrients, but you can adjust it how you like it. The recipe calls for the bread to be baked in a heavy covered pot, I use a heavy casserole dish with a lid- some good examples of what else can be used can be found here.
One of the most common pieces of advice for weight loss is to simply reduce the amount of calories you take in. If you eat less food you will lose weight and if you eat more food you will gain weight. Easy, right?
Not exactly. Nutrition is a complex science and I don’t blame people when they are confused about what foods to choose when planning a healthy diet. No matter how educated you are on health or nutrition, it is a pretty well accepted fact that fruits and vegetables are a healthier choice than processed and high fat foods. We are taught that foods that are higher in fat and calories will make us gain weight and that we should limit these foods. This is all true, but unfortunately people are still confused when it comes to calories and exactly how much of the healthy fruits and vegetables they should eat daily in order to lose weight in a healthy way.