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Eating nutritiously is a struggle for us all and especially when on a tight budget trying to stretch food dollars. Typically, healthy food is more expensive than less expensive, high-calorie, highly processed, artificial-ingredient food choices. It’s no wonder that one third of American children are overweight. We at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul understand the issue, and we are trying to help our neighbors by providing this reference information.
· Look for sales (and coupons for healthy choice) and plan meals accordingly.
· Make a grocery list and be an educated shopper
· Prep meals ahead of time to make dinnertime easier.
· Buy fresh produce that’s in season.
· Embrace whole grains and beans.
· Repurpose leftovers.
· Buy the healthiest brands of meat, cheese, dairy, fruits and vegetables that you can.
· Strive to fill your pantry and refrigerator with healthy food. (Refer to our “What to Buy/What Not to Buy” list of suggestions.)
· Stop buying processed foods in the grocery store and at fast-food restaurants! Instead, make your own food from scratch to save money and control the ingredients.
Life can be chaotic, but we at SVdP believe gathering together for a family meal (with cell phones off) is so important. Even if your family only has 15 minutes together for dinner, make that time quality time! Don’t forget to say a blessing with your children before meals. Praying with your children is a great way to reinforce their relationship with God and understand being thankful for what they receive. A blessing can be as easy as “God is good. God is great. Thank you for our food. Amen.”
Download the guide below for a list of foods to avoid as well as a suggested list of foods to buy at several local grocery stores.