For students in our apartments in Lynchburg, VA, we know that the holidays combined with exam stress can have you eating less than healthy meals. Not to mention that meal prep also takes some budgeting. There are ways to keep your meals healthy and keep them within budget.
Rather than using oil for sautéing, try chicken broth. You can purchase chic broth that is sodium and fat free, and for a less than butter or oil. If you don’t like to replace oils with broth, use olive or peanut oil instead in small amounts.
Chicken and pork are always more cost effective than beef, and they have less fat while still remaining protein rich. Poultry also has less saturated fats than other meats. Using beans and nuts in your meals and salads is another great way to get protein without the cost.
Buy lowfat or fat free versions of your favorite dairy products. Whole grains breads are better and often cost the same as white breads. Using peanut butter as a spread on toast is more healthy than butter or margarine.
Broil, roast, bake, steam, or grill foods instead of frying them, or stirfry with just a little added oil or broth.
Trim all fat from meat before cooking. Remove the skin from chicken or turkey.
Spoon off fat from meat dishes once they have been chilled in the refrigerator and the fat has hardened on the top.
Try lemon juice, herbs, or spices to season food instead of salt, butter, or margarine