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You Can Still Eat Healthy Without Spending Big Bucks

Let’s face it, food is expensive. Whether you’re buying your own food or living off your parents grocery shopping you know filling up a shopping cart isn’t cheap.

With this being said, we can also sadly agree eating healthy seems to be even more expensive. It’s sad how our health is now being determined by the prices of foods but we can’t let this stop us from eating right.

Don’t lose hope just yet! There are still healthy options that won’t leave your wallet sad and empty. I’ve put together this list of fairly cheap foods you can start buying to begin eating healthier and living more wisely.

Oatmeal

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Pictures all taken by me expect the picture of the bananas.

It’s cheap, it’s healthy, it helps maintain and can even lower your weight, and it’s a great source of good carbohydrates. Your morning’s are important. A lot of people have the misconception that cereals make for a good breakfast but that’s not the case whatsoever. Breakfast cereals are known to have high amounts of refined sugars, synthetic nutrients, and aren’t good carbohydrates.

A bowl of oatmeal in the morning can help the body maintain a healthy blood pressure, healthy cholesterol levels, and is packed full of fiber which makes you feel full and reduces your cravings for unhealthy snacks.

Note: make sure to stay way from instant oatmeal packets that are flavored and contain high amounts of sugar and sodium.

Canned Tuna

tuna protein fats healthyIt’s high in protein, it’s a good source of fats, and it increases brain power. If you workout you probably know the importance behind a post-workout meal and tuna is perfect for this due to it’s high protein levels.

A simple and tasty way to prepare tuna is to mix it up with some lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper.

Peanut Butter

peanut butter healthy protein jif low sodiumI feel that peanut butter is just too good to be considered a healthy food, but it really is. It’s high in niacin, folate, and vitamin E. It’s also high in antioxidants, healthy monounsaturated fats and polyphenols.

Along these health benefits it’s also a good source of protein. And just like oatmeal it’ll fill you up!

Eggs

eggs protein healthy lean breakfast cheapGreat source of lean protein and they’re cheap. The high quality protein in an egg (6 grams) is perfect for recovery after a workout as well.

Carrots

carrots healthy vitamin a healthy skinI’ve started eating carrots as if they were apples recently and I’ve grown to love them. Carrots are usually sold in large quantities and are cheap! Rather than eating candy or a bag of carbs and air (chips) do yourself a favor and eat a carrot.

Carrots are loaded with high amounts of vitamin A which is known to improve vision, promote healthy skin, and helps cleanse the body of toxins.

They’re good for our eyesight, can help prevent cancer, and are even known to help clean your teeth with their crunchy texture.

Bananas

bananas healthy potassiumIt’s one of the cheapest fruits you can buy, they’re high in potassium, are a good source of fiber, vitamin C, and vitamin B6. No wonder why they’re known as “Nature’s Powerbar.”

Feeling down? Eat a banana. Bananas are known to have high levels of tryptophan, which is converted into serotonin- the happy-mood brain chemical. Now you know why monkeys are so happy!

Grapefruits

graphfruit vitamin c healthy immune systemNot a lot of people eat grapefruits and it’s probably due to the slightly sour taste they can have, but don’t miss out on the benefits!

Grapefruits are super high in vitamin C levels which strengthen your immune system to prevent you from getting sick. And like the carrot they’re also a good source of vitamin A which promotes healthy skin.

Potatoes

potatoes healthy complex carbs foodNo I don’t mean french fries or potatoes doused in oils, butter, or cheese. I’m talking about a good ol’ natural potato.

Before they’re fried or dripping in butter potatoes are one of the healthiest foods you can buy. They are composed of complex carbohydrates which digest slowly unlike simple carbs such as white flour, sugar, soda, and packaged cereals. These are great especially for athletes and gym goers because like I said, they digest slowly providing you with more sustained energy.

In The End..

oranges apples grapefruits kiwis health fruitsAlthough the foods I listed above are great to get started on eating healthier without spending too much, don’t stop here! Keep searching for healthy foods that don’t hurt the wallet!

Also if you’re trying to eat healthier a great rule to follow is to stay away from anything packaged or anything that has more than 5 ingredients.

Next time you’re craving a snack stop yourself from reaching for the chips, sugary sweets, and crappy simple carbs. Try to eat as much natural foods as you can. Anything grown is always better than something in a box or bag.

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Reference:
-http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/benefits-eating-oatmeal-morning-4112.html
-http://www.mensfitness.com/ian-cohen/cheap-sources-of-healthy-protein?page=2
-http://www.care2.com/greenliving/10-benefits-of-carrots.html?page=1
-http://foodmatters.tv/articles-1/25-powerful-reasons-to-eat-bananas
 
 
 
 

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Recipe: The Messy Omelet

Before you pour yourself another bowl of cheerios, start your day out with a protein and vitamin packed  breakfast instead.

You’re not going to be in the kitchen for an hour putting this together and it should take you no longer than 20 minutes to prepare. Like I said in 10 Ways To Make Your Mornings Better, keep in mind your body just went 7-8 hours without any food and is more than ready for a good meal.

The Messy Omelet

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Makes About 2 Servings

What You Need To Know:

-How to cook scrambled eggs.
-How to sauté vegetables.
-How to use a knife without cutting yourself.
 

What You’ll Need:

-4 Large Eggs
-1 Medium Sized Tomato
-1/2 Bell Pepper 
-1/2 Onion 
-2 1/2 Teaspoons Of Olive Oil
-Ham
-Cheese (Optional)
 
 

What You Gotta Do:

1.  Dice tomatoes, bell peppers, and onions. Cut ham into little strips as well. 
 
Tomatoes Ham Onions Bell Peppers Vegetables Healthy Omelet Ham
 
2.  Crack four eggs into a medium sized bowl, mix whites and yolk until they are one color.
Scrambled Eggs Vegetables Omelet Yolk Whites Healthy
 
3.  Set stove to medium heat. 
 
4.  Once the stove is heated add 1 1/2 teaspoons of olive oil and spread it around the pan.
Olive Oil Healthy Omelet Saute Vegetables
 
5.  Begin cooking vegetables and ham. 
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6.  When the vegetables and ham are cooked to your liking move them to one side of the pan.
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7.  Add another teaspoon of olive oil to the side of the pan with no vegetables and spread.
 
8.  Pour eggs into the pan and cook them just as you would cook scrambled eggs.
 Eggs and Vegetables Breakfast
 
9.  Serve & Enjoy!
 
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So there you have it, my first of many recipes to come. Thanks for reading and I would love to hear from anyone who follows this recipe! Let me know if you liked it or if you did something different so I can try it. Also don’t forget to share this with your friends and make their mornings better. 
 
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Unlimited Texting, Limited Time

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Time time time, sounds kinda weird now that I’ve said it a hundred times trying to come up with a title. Anyways, this post is going to be about what we do with our time. We’ve all heard it before, whether it was from our parents, a teacher, a sibling, or anyone else reminding us to not waste our time. After awhile I think we stop paying attention to the importance behind the message just because it doesn’t have any short term consequences and it becomes kind of annoying to hear; but when you really think about it, it’s kinda scary. Unless you know of a magical fountain that grants you immortality you’re in the same boat as I am, we will eventually, and sadly, die. So this brings me to my main point, let’s stop wasting time!

In today’s modern contemporary society I think it’s pretty safe to say wasting time has never been easier. I mean to start off look around you right now; there’s probably a TV in the room, an iPad, your phone, a gaming device, and worst out of all of them Netflix and your bed. Majority of us aren’t really making our lives better by taking a 4 hour nap, watching a whole season of The Walking Dead on a Saturday, or scrolling down our Instagram feeds.  So lets take the time to really examine these great wastes of time and replace them with some more positive uses of time.

1. TV, Netflix, Hulu, etc– Believe me I know whats its like to watch a TV series and on accident, end up watching 5 episodes of Lost in a day. I find it incredible how well these shows hypnotize us and make us forget about our lives for those full 45 minutes of an episode, only to watch 4 more thanks to the extremely dramatic scenes during the last 5 minutes of the episodes. Although your favorite character died don’t watch another one and waste more time!

ALTERNATIVE:  Have you ever said to yourself, “I wish I was better at”, “I wonder how that works, or “I would like to know more about that”? If you have, you should pick up a book! Not only will it answer your questions; but it will also make you smarter! Studies show that reading not only makes you smarter, but can reduce stress, relax you, improve writing skills, improve memory, increase analytical thinking skills, and expand your vocabulary.

2. Cellphone’s- Whether it’s texting your homegirl, homeboy, BFF, or hubby; doing it all day long is a waste of time. I know what a good conversation is like. They seem to go on endlessly sometimes only to end just before falling asleep. While knowing what friends are up to and reminding our special someone how much we love them, we shouldn’t forget there are better things to do. You may think periodically texting through out the day really doesn’t use too much time, but if we were to add up all these moments through out the day, who know’s you might be texting 1-2 hours a day in total.

ALTERNATIVE: Whether you’re a dude or a girl, you know you wanna get in shape. Regardless if you are trying to lose or gain weight it’s the same thing. Don’t be that person that buys $90 Nike’s, jogs for a week, and quits after a couple days. Working out is AWESOME! Not only does it make your new clothes look better, it improves confidence, kills stress, helps with depression,  helps anxiety,  boosts energy, helps you sleep better and even improves mental acuity. In my opinion working out is even character building. I always remind myself how hard I work at the gym, and how great I feel afterwards when I’m feeling unmotivated doing other tasks.

3. Social Networking- It’s real simple. Too much of anything is bad, especially Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Now I chose these three because they’re the most popular, and in my opinion easiest to waste time on. Whether you’re scrolling through pointless tweets, scrolling through that fresh new Instagram feed, or once again scrolling your life away on Facebook; you are wasting time. Like they say, time is money, and losing money over your friends stupid tweet is not worth dollah bills. Like I said, it’s real simple.

ALTERNATIVE: Meditation. No, you don’t have to put on a robe, sit in the dark for 5 hours a day,  or pay anything; a mind at peace is free. I started meditating about 3 months ago and I haven’t stopped since. I did it because I’m always willing to try new things and frankly my brain felt like it was about to explode sometimes. Meditation has been known to- once again– reduce stress, strengthen memory, improve mental processing of information, relax you, makes you happier, and just makes life better. Now I don’t know about you but after reading that I would much rather meditate than read my friends tweet about how much he loves McDonald’s fries. If you want to start meditating I recommend you go to http://zenhabits.net/meditate/  and just follow the directions. Good luck!

4. “Accidental” Long Naps, Video Games, pointless internet use- Alternatives 1-3 are my favorite so I went into detail, these following alternatives are also positive uses of time in my opinion. 1. You love music? Learn how to make it. I recently started playing drums and plan on buying a piano very soon.  2. Pick up a sport. Go play volleyball with your friends, learn tennis, go shoot hoops, learn to skateboard, go climb tree’s! I skateboard on weekends with my little brother. 3. Cook something deliciously healthy. Look up some recipe and make it yourself. Frozen and packaged foods are high in sodium, have nasty chemicals, and leave us feeling crappy. Don’t even get me started with fast foods.

And that about wraps it up, at least I think. Like I said before, I’ve never blogged nor have I ever been an excellent writer, so forgive me if my writing doesn’t flow yet. I thought I could write this in one day but it turned out to take 3 days. I still don’t know how frequently I will posting new stuff so just keep an eye on me and we’ll both find out! Now lets do something good with our lives.

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