Why does it seem it costs more to eat healthy? I am “frugal” I want to eat healthy but without going broke.
So I have some hacks I use, cooking with flour is cheap and easy, other “flours” can be expensive, so I will pick up a small bag of soy or almond flour when it is on sale and mix it with my regular and wheat flour in a canister in my pantry. I have yet to have an item come out I can’t eat because of the mix. Also, I have oats in my pantry, if I need to I will blend them to a “flour”and use. (I do this because I love carbs and carbs love my butt and belly so much they never want to leave 🙂
I replace much of the oil called for in recipes with applesauce, and not store bought, because we can’t eat it before it goes all yucky and it has things besides apples in it (jeez really companies!!)
So I always have apples in the fridge, I just cut 1 up (peel and all, keep all the good vitamins and minerals peeps!) blend it and use it instead. 1 apple tend to give me 1/4 to 1/2 cup of apple sauce.
I always cut down and/or replace the white sugar that is shown in recipes, we have way to much sugar already in all our foods, so if you are starting out, just slowly reduce, this way your family won’t notice. Recipe calls for 1 cup, use 3/4, then 1/2, then 1/4. If you want replace part of it with Honey or Agave. So I cup sugar, if you cut it to 1/2 then add 1 tablespoon of honey or agave.
FARMERS MARKETS – to there, great buys of fresh fruits and veggies, plus I think I mentioned this before, look to see if there is an “ugly” fruit bin, I get most of my fruit there when they have it, for $1 lb apples, pears, ect. And at the end of the day they don’t want to take it back, they give it away at a discount.
Now, what if you can’t eat it all? Freeze it for later, or can it ( I am going to learn how to do that soon).