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Who doesn’t want more grocery money? With these five tips from Everyday Food magazine, you can eat well without gobbling up your grocery budget.
These days, we want to get the most out of our groceries to help stretch our hard-earned dollars as far as we can. So, anytime magazines share these kinds of helpful hints, I pay extra attention.
Everyday Food’s March issue shares some good ones from various magazine editors and staff members, and the feature even includes a quick guide to help you determine how long to keep leftover foods in the fridge.
Particularly with those perishable ingredients, it’s easy to use a little and then toss a lot in the trash–unless of course you’re creative enough or have the forethought to plan accordingly. For the rest of us, it can especially sting the wallet when parting with a pricey item like fresh herbs.
I never seem to finish off a quart of buttermilk before it goes bad since some recipes I use only call for a cup or less. After coming across a handy tip from Eating Well magazine, however, I don’t have to worry about it anymore. I simply take a cup of low-fat milk, add a teaspoon of vinegar and let it sit for 30 minutes before adding it to the recipe.
That go-to shortcut has saved the day—and the meal—more times than I can count, and there are so many more efficient tricks just like it. Here are five more from Everyday Food:
1. Freeze Buttermilk. Making your own buttermilk isn’t the only way to get the most out of this perishable item. You can also freeze it and use it as needed.
2. Dry Fresh Herbs. Are those fresh herbs about to spoil? Tie them in a bundle and hang them upside down until they dry (about a week). Then store them in a sealed plastic bag.
3. Make Vegetable Medleys. The shelf life of veggies can be extended in several creative ways. To clean out the fridge, make a vegetable soup or collect and freeze veggies to have on hand for stock.
4. Try No-Lettuce Salads. No Lettuce? No problem. You can still throw together a tasty salad without this base ingredient. One editor adds chopped celery, herbs and feta cheese for a unique take on the side.
5. Save Your Leftover Coffee. Don’t pour the rest of your morning coffee down the drain. Freeze it instead to make your own (much less expensive) iced coffees or smoothies.
What are some of your tried and true grocery-stretching tips?
While many are applauding Walmart’s efforts to spotlight healthier foods, questions are being raised about health foods in general and how people use and abuse them.
The recent announcement from Walmart, the nation’s largest grocery chain, to label its store brands in an effort to steer customers to healthier choices is being met with tempered optimism. This week, the chain unveiled its new “Great for You” logo that will be incorporated into packaging and fruit and vegetable displays beginning this spring.
While many agree it’s a step in the right direction—it even has first lady Michelle Obama’s approval for supporting her efforts to fight childhood obesity—there’s a healthy dose of skepticism as well.
For example, critics point out that only a fraction of the store’s products are eligible for that label—and notably, sugary cereals that tend to be kiddie favorites don’t get that healthier designation.
Still, Walmart’s efforts are admirable. Essentially, its goal is to work with suppliers to eliminate trans fats and reduce sodium and sugar content while also making these healthier food options even more affordable. (Anyone who has compared costs in the grocery aisle can attest that often reduced fat or “healthier” foods carry a slightly higher price tag.)
However, several studies mentioned in the February issue of Eating Well magazine point to some of the challenges this new label may hold for consumers.
For starters, a Purdue University study found that there is potential danger in eating fat-free products, particularly if you’re lulled into thinking that having a few extra chips or maybe snacking on half the bag isn’t really all that bad. Especially since it’s fat-free.
The study observed rats who were fed both fat-free and regular potato chips and found that the sample that ate the “healthier” option gained more weight than the ones that didn’t. Researchers concluded that more work still needs to be done but surmised that fat-free substitutes could throw off the body’s natural ability to feel full or satisfied, thus causing some people to eat more.
Another study conducted by the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio found that daily diet soda drinkers boasted larger waistlines than those who didn’t drink it at all. Over the course of 10 years, researchers found that those with an affinity for low-cal caffeine had a six-times-greater increase in their waist size. They suggested that the diet label may have given those thirst-quenchers a pass to splurge in other areas since they felt they were making a healthier choice in their beverages.
Ultimately, it’s important to remember that a healthy label of any sort doesn’t mean you’re getting a pass to eat the entire box. Making healthier choices in the grocery aisle is one thing, but translating that into health-conscious behaviors at home is quite another.
Fighting the battle of the bulge this holiday season? Though temptation is all around, you can win with strategies as simple as using a larger fork.
From now until New Year’s Day, when we swear we’re going to get back into shape, we’re going to be tempted with all manner of foods, drinks and desserts at family tables and holiday parties with friends.
But don’t feel like you just have to give up and give in. According to several studies, you do have options other than overindulging–and they don’t require the world’s strongest willpower.
Woman’s Day magazine’s December issue detailed five strategies for regaining your energy after a big meal–or for fighting the urge to splurge. Some of the obvious were getting in a morning workout, but nothing more than a brisk walk.
Other tips, like eating a big breakfast rich in protein and potassium or loading up on veggies, are pretty common-sense ways to stave off your typical holiday gluttony. Even drinking green tea (unsweetened and caffeinated) can fill you up like water does, plus it’s said to boost metabolism as well.
If it’s too late to enact those, spice things up by adding cayenne peppers, hot peppers and hot sauce to meals or condiments and spreads, like mayo and hummus. It’ll cut the urge to indulge and help you burn a few extra calories.
Another interesting strategy was mentioned in the November/December issue of Eating Well magazine. A study published in the Journal of Consumer Research suggests that diners who used larger forks (as opposed to smaller ones) were less prone to overeat, thanks to visual cues.
According to the research, those using larger forks would appear to eat more quickly and thus eat less. Those using smaller forks tended to eat more since it looked as though they hadn’t made as much progress cleaning their plates.
While the study was conducted at an Italian restaurant, it couldn’t hurt to do a little research of your own over the holiday season–or even well into the new year.