Unhealthy Economy, Healthy You!


Now that 2014 has begun and we’re all suffering from travel and holiday debt, how can we stay healthy in these trying economic times? Well, you can still eat well and not spend a fortune! Here are some tips for saving your calories and your wallet:

  1. Buy in season. Winter produce is nutritious and now available, including a variety of fresh, delicious pears!
  2. Buy frozen, low-sodium canned, and dried foods. Frozen fruits and veggies are often cheaper than fresh, and they’re picked at the peak of ripeness so they’re chock full of nutrients. Low-sodium canned veggies make excellent soups and sauces, and canned meats make quick, easy cold salads. Don’t forget the dried fruit! It’s a convenient, nutrient-dense addition to entrées or as a snack, just watch for added sugar.
  3. Buy in bulk. Whether you purchase larger amounts at once or directly from the bulk section, you’ll save money over time.
  4. Pass on pricey, energy-dense foods like snack cakes, candy and baked items.
  5. Choose more non-animal proteins. Beans, nuts, eggs, and tofu are cheaper alternatives to pricier beef, chicken, and pork, and pack in a variety of nutrients and fiber!

The economy is up and down like a rollercoaster, but that doesn’t mean your diet has to be. In these trying times, take care of yourself and your budget!

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About Amy Kweller MS, RD

As a Registered Dietitian, I have a professional relationship with pears. But as someone who loves great food, I also have a personal relationship with pears! So there is no better way to spend my time than blogging about this lovely fruit. I will blog about pears from farm to table; healthy living, cooking, and recipes; the therapeutic benefits of pears and a wholesome diet; and how pears can fit into your lifestyle. I have a background in clinical and community nutrition, and teaching others how to lead healthy, fulfilling lives is my goal and passion – so send me your questions. My hope is that everyone who visits this site will find something that lingers long after the browser closes, and I expect that will be a deeper love of pears!

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