Sunday, 1 June 2014

Healthy meals that fit your budget from USDA

Providing healthy meals for your family should not be expensive. The United States Department of Agriculture has develop “Healthy Eating on Budget” as a guide for the public. This site  will assist families looking for deals while in the grocery, suggest time saving tips and maximizing food by using leftovers.

“Most of us need to increase our intake of whole fruit, dark-green and orange vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat dairy,” according to the USDA’s website.

According to the USDA Healthy Eating Index, many Americans are struggling to meet the recommendations from the Dietary Guidelines and often substitute our hunger or lack of resources for less healthy and nutritionally satisfying meals.

“Cost is often considered a barrier to eating healthier and the new resource will help consumers overcome this perception,” said the site.

The USDA has also produced a “Healthy Eating on a Budget” cookbook along with easy-to-read tip sheets. The cookbook’s recipes are featured in a two-week sample menu based on a 2,000-calorie diet. There is also an additional grocery and pantry list to help households plan their purchases as effectively as possible in order to optimize their budget.

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