REAL, FRUGAL, HEALTHY, and FUN!!!
Healthy Eating Is More Expensive.
One issue that deters a lot of people from a healthy diet is the cost. They’re absolutely right. It does cost more to eat healthy, and for most people, money tends to be tight. I’m no different, so I like to stretch my dollar. Well, I’m stubborn, determined, and dead set on eating healthy. I’ve learned a couple of tricks along the way, and I’m going to share one with you, right now. This may seem like common sense, but sometimes, it’s good to review the basics. Sometimes, we forget the simplest things.
So here is my rule:
Do NOT let anything go to Waste!!!
Simple, right? And I’m sure everyone was taught that growing up, but still a lot of people end up throwing food away because either it was hidden in the back of the fridge where no one could see, or the fruits or veggies ripened faster than people were eating and they just went bad. It happens!
Do Not Make Extra Trips To The Store
Here’s what I do to avoid wasting food. I grocery shop once each week. After that, I really try not to. I’m actually very good at creating dinners, snacks, and desserts out of what probably looks like nothing to most people. By the end of the week, my fridge and pantry are extremely bare. I never have furry surprises that need to be tossed because they were hiding behind things. I don’t buy excessive amounts of food that we do not need, and I don’t replenish the fridge and pantry while there is still food to eat. If there is enough to get through another day, then I wait a day to grocery shop. Now, if there’s an emergency, and we need something, I go to the store as needed based on the emergency.
Watch Your Produce
Another thing I do to avoid wasting food, is I keep an eye on all of the fresh produce. Fruits and veggies are so healthy, but they don’t always last very long. Most produce doesn’t go bad overnight. If I see my fruits and/or veggies starting to over-ripen, it’s crunch time. It is time to immediately figure out a use for them. That can mean eating them as they are right away. It can mean cooking or baking with them. How you use them is up to you. The point is to find a way to use them so they don’t go to waste.
This Evening’s Cherries
It just so happened that this evening, I noticed my cherries were starting to ripen a bit much. My boys and I love fresh cherries. I was excited to see them for a great price last time I did groceries, and bought a lot. Too many, actually. I’d bought other fruit, as well, and though we were eating the cherries, with so much fruit, we just weren’t eating all of the cherries.
I considered baking with the cherries, boiling them into a syrup, or even making gummies with them. However, with the weather heating up, I’ve been craving colder, more refreshing things, like smoothies. Now, if you look at the picture above, you’ll see that all of the cherries are cut in half. This was definitely a hassle, but I removed all of the pits. If you have a high-powered blender, you could probably puree the cherries whole, pits included. Normally, I have my Vitamix, but it’s been sent in for repairs. This is a loaner from a friend. I thought it best to remove the pits.
I let the blender run for a few minutes so the cherry puree was good and smooth.
Then, I poured the puree into my ice cube tray and placed it in the freezer. When I make smoothies now, I can just throw a couple in and blend. I like this so much better than ice because it doesn’t dilute the flavor. The result is a thick, cold, flavorful smoothie. In my mind right now, I’m thinking a cherry chocolate shake sounds delicious. Though, a nice cherry-berry shake sounds yummy, too. I will let you know what I come up with.
Waste Not, Want Not
In the meantime, waste not, want not. Healthy food is more expensive, so don’t let it go to waste!