FRUGALLY Healthy On A Budget : Challenge Accepted.

Hey guys,

So time and time again I have heard “I can nor afford to eat healthy. ”

I took that as a challenge and the challenge was excepted! I am going to PROVE you can buy healthy foods and not break the bank.

I went to our most costly grocery store in our area and shopped, just for you spending $59.13 of my budget and spent it just in healthy foods.

Here is the list. ( not all is shown in the video below, my fualt , sorry)

Apple Cranberry Juice

2 1/2 gal Whole milk

2 blocks of cheese πŸ§€

1 16 slice american slice cheese πŸ§€

1 16 ozCottage cheese

2 cans of green beans

Can of mixed vegetables

Can of Black beans

Can of Kidney Beans

4 bags multi grain and whole grain bagels

1 head of Lettuce

1 bag Cole slaw

1 jar Cole slaw dressing

1 Cucumber

10 ears of corn on the cob 🌽

2 lb Grapes πŸ‡

3lb Apples 🍎

2.54 lb of Bananas 🍌

3lbs of cherries πŸ’

2 lb ( 2) Big Beef Tomatoes πŸ…

2 fresh baked Italian loaf bread 🍞

Natural polish sausage

2 6pack all natural drum sticks

2 pachages of cured diced ham

2 bags of frozen broccoli

 

So I am all about being 100% honest

when I said in the video I spent a little more because I have a family of 3..and shopped for 3-4 weeks… Here is what I meant.

I bought the quick junk food- 6 frozen πŸ•Pizza , 2 banquet meals, 4 snack boxes ofpizza rolls, and waffles…for our days I know we will not be getting home + diapers, allergie pills, paper plates.

Making my total grocery bill

Why? Because… honestly …I do not feel like heating up my house to meal prep πŸ˜‚

I’ll save that for the 20Β° below freezing temperatures , not the OMG it’s 82Β° πŸ”₯ in the UP of Michigan days.

Anyways my tips are

1. Keep inventory of your kitchen

2. Make your grocery list according to the adds

3. Use coupons, savings cards, and apps that will help ger your money back.

4. Keep a well stocked pantry with staples

5. Pre cook meats and break them up into meals, cutting and sectioning them

6. Remember less is more, but fill your plate with mostly vegetables.

Know your portion sizes for meats, produce, and dairy.

Have a great week all,

Shanna

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A Easy Family Meal

Menu

Pinapple Cocunt Chicken

Butternut squash macaroni and cheese

Vibrant Garden Salad

Pinapple🍍 Coconut Chicken πŸ—

Preheat oven to 350Β°F

Line your baking pan with aluminum foil

Lay out 5 skinless boneless chicken breast ( I use perdue organic)

Start by drizzling the chicken with 1/4 cup of redwine vinegar .

Then, put one teaspoon of crushed pineapple on each chicken breast.

Next, sprinkle 1/4 cup of chopped coconut over the chicken and a bit of original Mrs. dash seasoning.

Bake in the oven for 30 minutes

Lastly put a teaspoon of honey BBQ on each breast. Cook an additional 10 min

Macaroni & Cheese

Put 1 1/2 cup of diced butternut squashed (I used organic frozen for convenience) in a pot with…

1/4 cup of organic chicken bone broth & 1/4 cup of milk.

Turn it on medium low until it comes to a boil. (About 6 min)

*at this point you can freeze the mixture for future meals if you want to double the recipe. Don’t add the cheese if you do this.

Blend the mixture with your blender add 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese (you can add more if you don’t care about calories) with half a stick of cream cheese.

Make 1 box of veggie noodles as directed, except use either milk or vwgtable broth instead of water. and the sauce.

Salad

One whole ice burg lettuce, mustard spinach, tomatoe, one granny Smith apple peeled, red and orange sweet peppers, red onion.

Dice all of this.

Add

Sunflower 🌻seeds, dried cranberries, cocunut shavings, Italian bread crumbs.

I eat it with out dressing, if you use a dressing add in a little red wine vinager.

Vuala, you have a tasty meal.

Avocado dip

  • 2 ripe avocados pitted and diced
  • 1 cup tomato diced (any type of tomato)
  • 1/4 cup onion diced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro minced
  • Juice of 1 lime 2 tablespoons
  • salt and pepper to taste
Add the avocado, tomato, onion, and cilantro to a large mixing bowl. Add fresh lime juice and a pinch of salt and pepper. Gently stir with a spoon until fully combines.

Serve immediately or tightly cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 2 days. The lime will keep the avocado from browning.

– Crystal