You know those fancy stores out there that woo you with their healthy fare and oh-so-intriguing packaging? Those places are just wonderful, but they are not very kind on the wallet. $4 for a can of beans? Ouch!
There is a way to feed your family, feel good about it and not have to take out a loan. In my book, “How to Beat a Tough Economy: A Mom’s Survival Guide to Living on a Tight Budget,” I share numerous ways to make this happen. Included is information on how to read those confusing labels, a list of healthier sugar alternatives, and eight pages dedicated to herbs and spices and their suggested uses. I also include information on how some of those spices can keep you extra healthy. For example, did you know that you can make a tea from 1 teaspoon of caraway seeds mixed with 1 cup of boiling water; let it sit for 10 to 20 minutes and use to relax tense stomach and intestinal muscles to relieve you of bloat.
I also include helpful charts for meal planning. These charts will soon be available at my website, so keep an eye out for them. I know that meal planning can seem like an extra step, but really it is a way to streamline your meal planning, meal spending and the time it takes to do it all. By planning out a week of meals, you won’t find yourself standing in front of the fridge on any given evening wondering what sort of ingredients you can throw together for dinner. This activity risks your making something less than satisfying (and healthy) or you may find yourself just throwing your hands in the air and heading out for fast food. A quick plan can save you a lot of frustration and time (and make you healthy!).