Hi friends :) Wishing a very Happy 4th of July to all celebrating!
Eating nutritious foods and being active does not have to be an expensive thing. Healthy food and exercise gets a bad reputation for being overly pricey and unrealistic. Yes, if you’re shopping at Whole Foods allll the time and going to the fanciest gym in the city, your pockets will feel pretty empty. But if you check your local supermarket for sales, buy fruits and vegetables that are in season and join the gym without the heated, scented towels then you will be okay.
If you choose to invest in your health, you can do so and still be financially responsible. How?
It is all about budgeting and balancing your life. Yes, I use a lot of fairly expensive ingredients, but I have budgeted for this: I say no to the pair of Michael Kors heels calling my name.
An inexpensive, yet nutritious ingredient is a simple can of tuna– which clocks in at about $1.50 a can. Yes it is a little smelly but 120g of this stuff provides 32g of protein and it is full of heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Canned goods (like beans) are inexpensive yet good for you and a delicious option. Look for “low sodium” and “packed in water” on the label.
For a quick, healthy and inexpensive meal try this:
Easy Tuna Salad
Ingredients (Makes one serving)
- 1 can of wild tuna
- 1/2 cup of chickpeas (canned garbonzo beans), drained and rinsed
- 1/2 cup cucumber, diced
- 8 cherry tomatoes, sliced in half (optional)
- 1 tsp. of lemon juice
- 1 tbsp. of balsamic vinegar
- salt and pepper to taste
1. Drain the can of tuna to get rid of the water.
2. Transfer to a bowl and if it is solid, mash it up with a fork.
3. Add the lemon juice, balsamic, salt and pepper and mix.
4. Add the chick peas and cucumber… mix some more.
5. If you are adding the tomato, do so now.
6. Serve with sweet potato chips or these delicious endurance crackers (pictured above).
What do you do in order to save money while living healthfully?