How to eat well and save money in 2021 is a concern to many because of the effects of the #Covid_19 #Pandemic that have rocked economies all over the World and that is why I want us to look at these proven tips on how we can eat well and still save money this 2021.
Before we go into details of the tips, let us look at why eating well matters.
Note that when I talk about eating well am actually refering to eating good and healthy foods.
Why You Should Eat Well:
I will just give you these few reasons for your consideration, as you know eating well is fundamental to good health and general well-being.
You should eat well to maintain a healthy weight and reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and some cancers.
Eating Well (Good and healthy foods) has many other benefits.
When we eat well, we sleep better and have more energy, better concentration and this all adds up to healthier, happier lives! Healthy eating should be an enjoyable experience.
When children and young people eat and drink well they get all the essential nutrients they need for proper growth and development. In like manner, the adult also will stay healthy to achieve most if not all life goals.
Practically, eating well can help you fulfil your nutrient requirements, as well as help you achieve proper growth and development of the body parts.
When you eat well (Good food) they provide you with better physical and mental health, fortifies you with stronger bones and muscles.
Gives you healthy body weight and proper Immune system to help your body fight off diseases.
Cheap But Healthy Food You Can Eat:
Yams are usually in the family of tubers. It grows underground as well as harvested the same way as cassava. Though not popular in the west, this food crop is well-known in a rural area in Africa where it is grown mainly in dry areas because of its hardy nature as well as drought-resistant characteristics. Yams may either be boiled or even cut and fried with some vegetables or even baked-on dry heat before being eaten in breakfast.
Being a starchy vegetable, it is made up of dietary fibre and complex carbohydrates which allows slow uptake to normalize the level of blood sugar.
Vitamin A helps to maintain healthy mucous membranes, skin, support healthy bones, increase night vision and protect mouth and lung cancers.
It is a great source of Vitamin C which provides 27% of daily value to counteract infections such as flu and colds and speeds up healing process, immune function and strong bones. It provides healthy amounts of potassium, fibre, metabolic B vitamins and manganese.
Yams also contain riboflavin, thiamin, pantothenic acid, folic acid and niacin. Yams are used in Japanese, Korean and Chinese medicine as it contains allantoin which speeds up the healing process when applied as a poultice to abscesses and boils.
Sweet potatoes are extremely healthy and one of the cheapest vegetables you can buy, for only less than a dollar you can get them.
Sweet potatoes contain an impressive amount of vitamins and minerals that have many health benefits.
They are particularly high in beta-carotene, which is converted into vitamin A in the body. Just one sweet potato provides 369% of your daily need for vitamin A, which plays an important role in eye health
Sweet potatoes also contain a decent amount of B vitamins, vitamin C, potassium and fibre. Studies show they may have anti-inflammatory effects, which help lower the risk of chronic diseases such as cancer and diabetes.
Sweet potatoes are quite easy to prepare by boiling, frying them and you add them to beans or prepare it alone with vegetables.
Eggs are one of the most nutritious foods on the planet, and they are very affordable at an average price of less than a dollar a half dozen.
One medium egg also contains six grams of protein and antioxidants that have anti-inflammatory properties and may protect eye health
Furthermore, eggs provide some of almost every vitamin and mineral that you need. They are also one of the few dietary sources of choline, a nutrient that plays a role in brain function.
Pork is quite cheap compared to other types of meat, generally costing lower than expected and believe me it’s one of the best sources of dietary protein.
In only three ounces of ground pork, there are 22 grams of protein, in addition to a significant amount of B vitamins, phosphorus, zinc, iron and selenium. It’s notable that many people don’t eat pork meat but doesn’t stop its relevancy in terms of nutrients contents.
The combination of protein, vitamins and minerals in pork may promote muscle growth and maintenance and improve exercise performance.
Fish has many health benefits and is significantly cheaper than fresh other seafood, you can go for fish instead of other seafood.
Not only is fish a fantastic source of protein, but it’s also high in omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for brain health and reducing inflammation
Additionally, fish provides a decent amount of the trace mineral selenium, which may boost immune system health and protect against cancer so I suggest you go for fish not just to eat well but also to cut cost.
I believe that with the few list of foods which have been listed here you can begin to make choices of the foods you can purchase in the market depending on your pocket as you plan to eat well and save money in 2021.
Here are other tips on how you can eat well and save money.
Write a shopping list:
Draw up a weekly meal plan using the meal and the ingredients you already have at home to make a shopping list of any missing items.
Try not to shop when hungry. People who shop when hungry are more likely to spend more, especially on less healthy foods, such as high-fat and sugary snacks.
There is an average family which children throws away good food, you need to be strict about buying only what you need and what you’ll actually eat.
Plan your meals so all the ingredients on your list get used. Freeze any unused food.
Buy The Content And Not The Name:
You could save money by buying cheaper foods than you normally do, there’s not always much difference between value and premium ranges. you can give it a go and let the content be the judge, not the shiny label.
Eat smaller portions:
Try eating smaller portions by saying no to a second round, try using smaller plates.
You’ll have more leftover for lunch the next day and your waistline may benefit, too.
Try weighing or measuring out staples such as pasta and rice when cooking to stay in control of portion size and reduce waste.
Cook Your Own Foods:
Save money by cutting back on takeaways. Preparing and cooking your own meals is generally cheaper than buying a takeaway or a ready meal, and because it’s easier to control what goes into your dish, it can be healthier for you if you can prepare your own food.
Cut Down On Luxuries:
Luxuries are good only when you’re buying but if not why go for the expensive ones when you can get it cheaper and still eat well and stay healthy. If your regular shopping basket tends to include fizzy drinks, crisps, snack bars, biscuits and cakes, try trimming down on these non-essential items so you save money in 2021.
There is nothing more important than knowing what you need and not what you want, Wants are not needed if you want to eat well and save money in 2021.
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