Last Friday I shared a post about Healthy Eating on a Budget and my favorite 8 foods to help you do that. This week, I decided to build on that a bit and took it LIVE on Facebook! As a passionate health coach and holistic nutritionist, my goal is to get more people living Clean & Colorful everywhere!
So I bit the bullet, took the plunge and hit the “Live Video” button. I won’t lie, it was a little nerve wracking! But I’m so glad I did it because it’s had 4K views in just 2 days. Yay! In this video, I pick one of my favorite 8 budget friendly healthy foods and elaborated on it just a bit.
Some banana dets and why they’re awesome
They are a good source of vitamins and minerals like folate, vitamin C and of course potassium. Also a good source of Fiber and a great pre or post workout fuel source. They have about 110 calories, so you want to be mindful of just how many you have, but they add great texture to smoothies and are an awesome grab and go snack.
The more green the banana (aka – less ripe) the more resistant starch it has, meaning it is less sweet and has less sugar. As the banana ripens, the starch converts sugar and they become sweeter. If you don’t eat them in time, they get brown, mushy, higher in sugar and kinda gross. If this happens, you might toss it in the trash and then it’s the most expensive food in the world.
Are frozen fruits and vegetables good for you?
They are in fact good for you and in some cases can be better than something that has been sitting out in the grocery store for a long time. The nutrition in produce can be oxidized by air, light and heat. When fruits and veggies are frozen, they are often taken right off the field, washed, prepped and frozen. The freezer is dark and cold, preserving many of the nutrients. Frozen produce lasts much longer (obviously) making them very budget friendly!
Freezing fruit and veggie tips
You can freeze your own fruits and veggies too. Let’s say you shop at Costco and you just can’t eat that entire pillow size bag of spinach before it goes bad. That’s ok! Just toss it in the freezer! It won’t come back good for a salad, but will be great in smoothies and any cooked dishes like enchiladas, lasagna or morning egg scrambles. You can do with with any produce you’ve purchased that is about to go bad.
Keep these in mind when freezing your goodies:
- Wash them and make sure they are in ready to eat form.
- Peel anything off you won’t want to eat. It’s nearly impossible to get it off later.
- Chop into the bit sized piece you want to work with. Fruits and veggies are not easy to cut once they are frozen.
- Store them in zip lock baggies and flat so the pieces don’t freeze together.
Fear not, the freezer can be your friend and definitely help you eat healthy on a budget and also live a Clean & Colorful Lifestyle! If you want more tips on like this, make sure you sign up to receive the Clean & Colorful Jumpstart guide. It’s for for anybody everywhere and will help you look and feel your best — starting today. And it’s free.