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Convenience Foods
High On Cost.

Low On Health and Budget Benefits.

Life is hectic. You’re always in a rush, or putting in extra time at work. More than once or twice a week you're left with less time to fix a good healthy meal for yourself and your family.

So what do you do? Instead of buying what you said and intended to buy - fresh, frozen and healthy foods, you go for what's quick, easy, and convenient. Since you want everybody in the house to eat healthy, you grab a prepared salad kit. And then you tell each and every one of your guilty feelings inside to shut up.

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If You Change Your Eating Habits - You Can Also Change How Much You Keep

In Your Bank Account!

If you’ve decided you’re going to change your grocery-buying and eating habits – Congratulations! By revisiting what you’re buying just for the sake of convenience,

you can save money and eat healthier.

Start by purchasing lean meats, chicken, fish, eggs, fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables. You’ll be amazed at how frozen fruits and vegetables maintain much more freshness than their canned counterparts.

Also make the switch to whole-grains (lentils, quinoa, brown rice and steel-cut oats). Steel-cut oats, also called pinhead oats, coarse oatmeal, or Irish oatmeal are groats of whole oats which have been chopped into two or three pieces. So their size makes them look a bit more like rice, versus rolled oats.

A Few Non-Convenience Food Ideas

  • Slice, dice and toss some fresh fruits like bananas, strawberries or peaches into that bowl of yogurt.
  • Add lean protein (grilled chicken), and you have a healthy breakfast.
  • Make a hard-boiled egg and have this with the yogurt.
  • At dinnertime, add whole grains to your chicken or chops for dinner. Along with some fresh veggies and a salad you prepared – dinner is served!
  • Now that you’re up on what steel-cut oatmeal is – make a pot for breakfast for the whole family. Add milk, raisins or dried cranberries, and honey - they’ll be full for most of the morning! Check it out!

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Not Convenient for Your Wallet.

Let’s go back to those prepackaged salads. They’re so easy! And they look so healthy. All you have to do is tear off the plastic topping, squeeze on the dressing, add some cheese and croutons and you’re good to go. Heck, they even stick a tiny fork in there! But just look at what they cost! On average, you pay more than $4 or even $5 just for one salad.

Frozen meals-in-a-bag also fall into the convenience category. While they have meats and veggies, they also have a ton of preservatives and many are heavy on the sale. And that's not good for your health.

Did you know that canned, frozen and pre-cut/pre-washed fruits and vegetables are also convenience foods? So are those packaged salads, with the dressing, croutons and bacon bits.

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Convenience Foods, Defined.

Convenience foods need little to no preparation. You can take them out of the refrigerator or pantry, tear open a packet, mix in a sauce or dressing and – bingo! It's dinnertime. And, you can grab a frozen dinner out of its box, microwave it and, in five minutes or less, you have a “meal.”

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