Monday, November 10, 2008

Eat Healthy Food with a Budget

Here's an article from MSNBC contributors Bonnie Taub-Dix, a registered dietitian in New York City and a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association and Lisa Young, a registered dietitian, adjunct professor at New York University and author of "The Portion Teller Plan," weigh in.

Q. How does someone eat a healthy diet on a tight budget and still focus on convenience?

A. Bonnie Taub-Dix: You have to shop smart and be creative in your cooking. For example, a lot of people still think protein is such an important thing to have in large quantities and that’s not the case. If you want to save money, protein is an expensive part of the meal. But you can make dishes with a little less protein. Buy frozen, canned or fresh vegetables and add some protein to the vegetable dish, such as a cooked whole grain pasta. Or chunks of chicken. You'll have a combination dish that’s not only low in fat, full of vitamins and minerals, but it's really quite inexpensive and convenient to make.

Another inexpensive item people tend to under use is eggs. You could make a frittata for your family with lots of veggies and some low-fat cheese and two whole eggs. It’s low in calories, high in protein and really low in carbohydrates.

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