As mentioned before, I have been on the "health-green kick" for many years... It is so great to see this green movement really push people to be healthy from a holistic perspective. It has also really made shopping a lot easier! The purpose for me to start this blog is to share the recipes that I manipulated into a healthier version or just share a healthy recipe I came across OR just something I made up! Eating clean is something that we should all strive to do, especially during these economic times. I challenge you all to find ways to buy organic, buy local, and cut back! Friends (and family) often ask me how can our family afford to eat this way---simple... it is so important to me that we eat clean, that we cut back in other areas and reuse... Below are some helpful tips that our family considers:
1. Cut back on buying your daily coffee. Make it at home. If you know me, I LOVE coffee, but drinking more than the recommended amount (usually about no more than 2 cups) can cause an array of issues--gas, bloating, sleep deprivation, heartburn, sugar cravings--to name a few. And, I am no saint here... I LOVE to go out for coffee--but I am getting better!
2. Recycle your food! Use leftovers and re-invent another dish. For example, with leftover couscous, fill a wrap or pita with a little cheese, tomato, spinach (and a dash of ground flax, of course!), and grill each side on medium heat for about 3-5 minutes. My husband love this!
3. When in the organic section, see what's on sale... I once bought 5 bags of organic frozen sweet potato fries because they were on a $.99 special. I would rather make them from scratch--but hey, when you have a baby... and a hungry husband that demands food when he walks in the door--it is so easy!
4. Look for coupons in your magazines. Since organic eating is a trend right now, there are so many ads in magazines that come in the mail. I often see Stonyfield coupons with their ads in "Parents" magazine. Also, sign up for rewards with your favorite brands--they sometimes email you coupons that you can print out. The best are the free magazines in health food stores--they have coupons in there! Use 'em!
5. The best, is sharing. My dear friend Sara has passed on some coupons to me for food/items she doesn't use. Rather than throwing those coupons you don't use out, share 'em! Sometimes, if I have them on me and I have an coupon for an item the person in front of me does--I give it to them.
7. Online, online, online coupons. You can print them off or load them onto your loyalty card. My current fav site is: http://www.mambosprouts.com/.
8. Eat out less often. This really should be a treat--we over indulge ourselves way too much (I include myself in this group). Let's face it, going out is SO fun... and convenient... try to cut back. It's so hard, I know, but have fun creating recipes and entertaining at home. I get my "going out fix" on Thursday nights with our potluck style Bible study group, so this helps! Now, I am to the point where I would rather eat at home (and at friends's homes) than eat out. I mean, I buy the good-for-you kind of food... most places buy chemical-filled ingredients and sell it for a high dollar anyway. Use your high dollars for organics and locals!
9. Be open to ideas from others---so if you have a tip to add, please comment!