HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVE!
You know what one of the messed up things is? It is the fact that unhealthy fast food seems to be a lot cheaper than healthy fast food. This is something I rant about from time to time, so thanks for indulging me. Isn’t it concerning that a huge burger meal laden in greasy fat costs half the price of a salad? Think about it – it doesn’t make complete sense, but economies at scale are at play.
If you have problems serving healthy foods because of the prices, and justifiably so, here are some things you can do to mitigate this issue. The first thing to do is eliminate, or at least reduce your junk food intake. Yes, that’s right! It’s not always convenient, but try to do it. Doing your shopping on your own is the easiest way to shop. Shopping alone, and not with kids, if possible, can ensure that you only buy the foods you need.
Another thing you can do is to replace your soft drinks with water or milk. Water, of course is the cheapest, and depending on where you live, tap water might be potable. The prices of milk and soft drink will depend on where you live, but the former is at least nutritious. So if possible, skip on the soft drinks, or at least limit it.
Next up is something people often overlook, which is buying fruits in quantity. When they are in season, buy fruits in quantity and freeze any extras. Of course, you’ll need to know about how to preserve your choice of fruit. Wash the fruit well, remove any spoiled pieces, dry thoroughly, then freeze in plastic zipper bags.
What about protein? I get asked this a lot as a vegetarian. Well, meats and beans are the best sources for protein. Lean meat is more expensive than meats with a lot of fat. Canned beans are a great deal as well, as they give you protein at a great price. Not being biased or anything, but you should use beans a substitute for meat as frequently as you can.
Now, let us address students for a moment. You see, eating at college is an entire new ball game, with late night pizza delivery and unhealthy noodles being the staple. Even though some of these quick and simple options taste great, they are probably not healthy for a student’s body. The problem is about not getting the proper proteins, carbs, vitamins, and minerals that people need.
This is where basic education comes in. You can find vitamin C in citric fruits, Vitamin A in milk and dairy products, and vitamin E in nuts, whole wheat products, and even green leafy vegetables. This is the ideal way to get nutrition, as your body relies on these vitamins for many reasons.
Always remember that eating healthily isn’t just about avoiding greasy foods. Eating healthily involves getting a balanced diet and getting the right nutrients and vitamins to keep your body in peak performance. I talk about this in much more detail in the Strategic Nutrition Guide, which you should totally get, either by itself, or as part of the Granite Fitness Masterclass.
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