There’s been a lot of press lately on the cost of foods after a USDA report found that healthier foods are not necessarily more expensive.
But one reason people turn to less healthy options is because often, they are just more convenient. Take the time to make your own popcorn and you’ll get whole grain goodness with only 31 calories; microwaving a pre-packed bag saves time but runs about 85 calories. Cooking up brown rice, spices and veggies doesn’t cost that much, but sometimes it’s a lot easier to grab the box. Those packaged, boxed meals or convenience foods are…convenient. They are also typically heavy on the calories, sodium, and fat.
But they don’t have to be. There are ways you can get all the convenience of those packaged foods, save money, and eat a cancer-protective diet. In my last blog I wrote about a study to promote healthy purchasing in a low-income area of Baltimore. Here are some budget-friendly tips we used:
1. Snack seasonally.
Rather than grabbing chips or cookies, take a piece of fruit or a vegetable that you can have on the go. The cost of fresh fruits and vegetables changes with the time of year, and when they are in season you can buy them for a lot less money (and help support local farmers, too!). Peaches are in peak season right now, and packed with vitamin C. Continue reading
Making changes towards a healthier diet is not easy. And for those living in low-income areas, healthy eating may be particularly challenging.
For the last five months, I’ve been working with researchers at Johns Hopkins University looking to improve the way consumers purchase food at a supermarket in a low-income neighborhood in Baltimore. Our study seeks to promote healthy purchasing based on findings from focus groups and interviews in the community.
Although many people seem set on their eating patterns, surprisingly, we found that many shoppers want to buy healthy foods for their families. However, they face many constraints that lead them to purchase more unhealthy foods and fewer nutritious foods than they would prefer. Continue reading
Looking for a gift idea this Mother’s Day? Show your thoughtfulness and creativity by setting up a yogurt parfait bar – it’s healthy, satisfying and looks appealing too. This brunch has my favorite breakfast foods: Greek yogurt, berries and granola. It’s also full of nutrients and cancer-fighting compounds, and the variety of options make it a meal your whole family is sure to enjoy.
The starring ingredient is Greek yogurt. This type of yogurt has a rich, creamy texture because it goes through an extra straining process that removes milk’s liquid whey. So how does Greek yogurt stack up against the traditional kind on the health front?
Both Greek and regular yogurt can be part of a healthy diet. Aim for the low-fat varieties without added sugars. Greek yogurt packs an extra protein punch. A 6 oz serving of plain, non-fat Stonyfield yogurt contains 8 grams of protein; the same amount of non-fat Stonyfield Greek yogurt has an impressive 17 grams of protein. Protein can help keep you feeling full longer, fighting off those afternoon hunger cravings.
Greek yogurt has fewer carbohydrates than the traditional, all in roughly the same amount of calories. But Greek yogurt does contain about a third less calcium. Continue reading