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4 Helpful Budget-Friendly Tips for Eating Healthy

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It’s a new year, and with that comes New Year’s resolutions. If there’s one resolution lots of people can get behind—it’s saving money. But what if you want to save money AND make healthy happen? Don’t sweat it, we’ve got you covered with some awesome tips for saving money while eating healthier, too.

Buy in Bulk

Whether you’re buying nuts for snacking or produce to enjoy during the week—try buying in bulk when possible. Especially for those items you know you’ll always need, buying in bulk can help you save cash and also reduce trips to the store. An additional benefit to buying in bulk that saves you both time and money is the opportunity to prepare larger batches of recipes and freeze the extras. When you’re trying your best to eat healthy meals, having a freezer full of delicious recipes ready in a snap is super helpful.

Swap Meat for Alternative Proteins

While meat is a great source of protein, some cuts aren’t necessarily easy on the wallet. A great way to save a few dollars is by cutting meat from a few meals here and there. #MeatlessMonday is an awesome hashtag to search on Instagram or Pinterest for ideas on how to avoid meat while never sacrificing a healthy, tasty meal. If you’d like a head start, here are a few of our favorite veggie-packed recipes. They’re so tasty—you won’t even miss the meat, we promise.

Easy 8-Ingredient Meatless Fajitas

Freezer-Friendly Veggie Pasta Bake

Two-Bean Veggie Nachos

Spinach, Mushroom and Asparagus Quiche

Plan Your Meals

Have you ever walked aimlessly around the grocery store only to come home with 6 bags full of food but no meals to be made from them? You aren’t alone. Seriously. It happens to the best of us! But when you’re trying your best to eat healthy while saving money, planning your meals is a must. Make sure to check out our meal prep worksheet and get a head start on meal planning for the week!

Pre-Pack Healthy Snacks

Snack time can be both the most expensive and the most unhealthy—double whammy. A great way to avoid the snack time drama is to pre-pack your snacks for the week ahead. A piece of fresh fruit and a string cheese make an awesome snack-on-the-go or a bag of nuts with dried fruit will keep your blood sugar from dipping. Avoid the convenience store purchase and stay full at the same time, win/win!

Saving Money While Staying on Track Made Easy

There are lots of ways to eat healthy and we know they can make your credit card balance skyrocket. By making a few changes, you can make a big difference on your bank statement while feeling great and staying full!

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The Best Healthy Summer Dishes to Please Any Crowd

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Whether you’re headed to a picnic, a pool party, or a barbeque, one thing is for sure – potluck season is in full swing! And while everyone loves a tray of bars or the midwest classic “snicker salad”, potlucks are a great place to try new, healthier recipes. Below are five options to shake up your summer potluck soirée!

Cucumber And Heirloom Tomato Salad

A refreshing alternative to the oily pasta salads or mayo filled cole slaw.

Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese

That cheesy barbeque staple everyone loves, with hidden veggies!

BBQ Black Bean Burgers

All the protein with more nutrients!

Deviled Eggs

A classic – with fewer calories.

Traditional Grilled Greek Kabobs

A colorful summer staple, that’s loaded with veggies!

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5 Smoothie Recipes to Keep Your Cool This Summer

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As summertime heats up, the need to cool down is more powerful than ever! We want you to be prepared, and the best way to beat the heat is a nutrient-packed smoothie that will help you cool off and keep you on track with your health and fitness goals. Whether you prefer a protein-heavy smoothie or like to load up on fruit, we’ve got a smoothie that will be perfect for you.

Check out the recipes, grab some frozen fruit and get blending! 

Matcha Mango Protein Smoothie

Pina Kale-Ada Smoothie

Double Chocolate Chunk Protein Shake

Smoothie Breakfast Bowl

Banana-Berry Green Smoothie

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Inexpensive 5-Ingredient BBQ Black Bean Burgers You Need to Try

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black bean burgerThis is a great recipe to keep on hand for when the pantry is bare and the grocery budget or shopping time is low. Each serving costs less than a buck to make—even less if you cook your own black beans from scratch—and it’s packed with nutrition. Sometimes eating healthy on a budget can be tricky, but this recipe makes it easy!

You might be tempted to fire up the food processor for this recipe, but trust me, you want to go manual for these burgers and mash up the black beans with a fork. The food processor takes black beans from, well…bean-like to mush in a matter of seconds. By just mashing your black beans roughly with a fork, you can easily control the texture of your burgers.

Also, when you’re browsing the aisles at the grocery store for barbecue sauce, make sure to read ingredients. There are some great options out there with recognizable ingredients, but there are also a few on the shelf that have artificial flavors, colors, and high fructose corn syrup. Skip those non-food versions and instead pick up a bottle that lists ingredients you recognize (or make your own if you have a rockin’ recipe!).

Top these gloriously healthy burgs with your favorite fixins and enjoy the beautiful weather. Happy patio season!

5-Ingredient BBQ Black Bean Burgers

Makes 3 large burgers

Ingredients

  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup of your favorite barbecue sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2/3 cups quick cooking oats (see notes)
  • Whole wheat burger buns and burger toppings, for serving

uncooked bean burger

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Line a small baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat and set aside.
  2. In a medium-size mixing bowl, mash the black beans with a fork until you have a chunky paste (you’ll want to leave some of the bean chunks for texture).
  3. Add in the barbecue sauce, garlic powder, and onion powder. Stir until well-combined.
  4. Add in the oats, and stir until well-combined. You don’t want any lumps of oats.
  5. With wet hands, form the mixture into three even-sized patties. Place on the prepared baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes, flip over, and then bake an additional 10 minutes or until the patties are slightly brown, beginning to crack on the edges, and feel solid.
  6. Serve immediately on whole grain buns with your favorite burger toppings.

Notes

Don’t have quick cooking oats on hand? Just take regular rolled/old fashioned oats and pulse them in a food processor until they are well-chopped, but not powdered.

Nutrition Per Burger

Does not include bun or toppings

250 calories, 2.8g fat, 46.6g carbs, 10.9g protein

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