Do you have good intentions to eat better, eat healthy and inexpensively but get derailed because of too little time or energy? You’ll see how eating healthy CAN save you money and calories. Plus, you’ll notice your energy level has increased. It has worked so well for me and my family that I started sharing and incorporating more of these easy budget friendly, homemade, healthy clean eating technique on my blog in 2014 when I first began my health and fitness journey.
Sharing these money-saving technique, along with other ways to make healthy eating more convenient, tasty and economical. The simple truth is, when you don’t make a dish yourself, you really can’t know what’s in it or where the ingredients come from.
Hopefully, my tips and recipes will create leftovers in your monetary budget AND your calorie budget to spend on the occasional “cheat” treat that we do all deserve once in awhile. I’ve got a few recipes for those, too 🙂
See How Eating Healthy CAN Save You Money and Calories
Since I’ve been working on my friend’s farm over the past few weeks, I’ve also learned more tips and tricks to use at home that save money and that are homemade and healthy. It’s possible to make healthful, frugal choices with your food budget. It might take some extra planning, but the end results can be well worth that effort.
If you happen to be one of those who normally eat out once or twice during the week or hit that drive thru, you’ll find by cutting back on eating out, you’ll save a fortune — money you can spend on healthy groceries! Plus, you can guarantee that everything you’re putting into your mouth is fresh and healthful. And you can control your portion sizes.
When I committed to saving money and eating better at the same time, not only did I start saving money, but I also started losing weight, and I was eating healthy even more than before.
Saving Money At The Grocery Store
One way that I’m already saving money on groceries is by making my homemade Greek yogurt. I’ve also learned not to discard the whey after I strain it or just simply leave it mixed in with the yogurt. There are many health benefits to whey which I’ll get into in another post, but it can be used in your daily cooking and baking. Thus allowing me to spend less on my cooking and baking ingredients.
My next batch, I’ll strain for baking and cooking. The cost comparison of store bought versus homemade yogurt is an eye opener when you eat as much yogurt as our family does. (It’s one red container on the 21 Day Fix eating plan.)
I was out of mason jar so I washed and re-used the yogurt containers but you see from the picture below how much I made in the crock pot.
Today, I’m quickly sharing one of many favorites to come…A Low-Calorie dressing that’s quick, affordable and tasty. Especially if salad if on your daily menu as often as ours. Made with a Greek yogurt base, it’s light on fat, and heavy on flavor. Most store bought or even some of the recipes I’ve seen for homemade dressing are HIGH in calories because they contain lots of oil. YIKES! While some types of oil are healthy in moderation, it’s easy to go overboard. (Speaking for myself here.)
Low-Calorie Creamy Balsamic Salad Dressing
- ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon light soy sauce
- 1½ Tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1½ Tablespoon agave (or raw honey)
- 3 Tablespoons nonfat Greek yogurt
- ½ Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- Mix well. Store in refrigerator.
Makes 8 servings/2 tablespoons each.
Calories: 62 Fat: 4 g Carbohydrates: 6 g
Stay tuned for more tasty and healthy recipes that will save you money and calories.