Eating Healthy on a Tight BudgetHealthy Living
A number of readers have emailed and asked me to blog about eating healthy on a tight budget. Without a doubt, the challenging economic climate of the past few years continues to squeeze the family food budget.
Despite an overall deflationary environment, the cost of food, particularly quality food, continues to rise at an alarming rate. I blogged a few months ago about how dangerous it is to eat lower quality food during these tough times because during times of stress, your body needs more nutrition than ever (particularly vitamin A – cod liver oil anyone?).
Have you ever noticed how you can cheat a little bit with the treats on vacation and still not get sick? It always amazes me how my kids can eat ice cream sundaes and chocolate chip cookies nearly every single day on vacation and still be bouncing around with high energy and rosy cheeks, yet the doing the same thing during the school year would result in illness after illness.
The reason is stress, in this case even the positive stress of learning at school. There isn’t much stress on vacation and this results is a lower body nutritional requirement. Lowering the standards you use to prepare food for your family is a recipe for disaster, pun definitely intended. You will spend infinitely more money at the doctor’s office on antibiotics and other prescriptions for the illnesses that will inevitably strike you and members of your family when eating quality food is not a priority during times of high stress.
I make all kinds of broth depending on what I can get at the butcher shop and fish shops around town. Right now, I have a half gallon of yellow snapper broth in the refrigerator which I will use to cook rice, make soups, or simply sip in a mug on a cold evening. I also have quarts of duck and turkey broth in the freezer. This week, I will be dropping by the butcher to pick up some leftover bones to make a big pot of beef broth. Make all kinds of broth and make it often. Broth is what takes any meal from “good” to “fantastic”. Its importance to health and also the budget cannot be overstated.
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