Top 10 Cheap Health Foods

While rummaging through You Tube, I came across this video on the Top 10 Cheap Health Foods. I have started paying better attention to the foods that I eat and the additives that are in foods and now I buy mostly natural and organic items but sometimes that can be a bit expensive. So I was looking for cheaper ways to eat healthy. I feel better when I eat healthy and feeling good helps keep me away from the donuts and junk food.

Here are the Top 10 Cheap eats:

  1. Organic, Cage-free Eggs
  2. Organic Plain Yogurt
  3. Unsalted Sunflower Seeds
  4. Berries
  5. Buckwheat
  6. Coconut Milk
  7. Spinach
  8. Garlic
  9. Wild Rice
  10. Lentels

Eat Sustainably and Save Money

pressing doughWe all are on budgets these days with the prices of food and really the prices of everything going up. Eating sustainably grown food on a budget can not only be delicious and nourishing but it can also open up new ways to work with familiar foods.

Do-it-Yourself: Go back to making food from scratch. Buying a loaf of organic bread can run you upwards of $5 but spending that same $5 on ingredients to bake bread at home can make up to 3 loaves of bread.

Eat Whats in Season: Often, whats best for the planet is best for the wallet, which as far as food is concerned, means eating whats in season. Use canned organic fruits and veggies during the months those foods are not in season.

Buy in Bulk: The bulk food isle may seem overwhelming at first but the potential savings are worth learning to cook with dried legumes and grains. For help with cooking in bulk click here. Natural meats can also be purchased in bulk and they are better for you and the environment.

Grow Your Own: When possible grow your own fruits and vegetables.

Make Room for Leftovers: When cooking at home, save time in the kitchen by preparing foods that will keep well in the refrigerator and freezer. Plan ahead, like if you are browning 2lbs of ground beef, brown a few more lbs for later use. Making larger portions so that you have some for left overs to use on a day when you don’t have time to cook.

For more help with eating sustainably, check out sustainabletable.org.

Zevia – Nature’s Answer to Diet Soda

Have you ever wanted to stop drinking diet soda because of all the chemicals and artificial crap, but couldn’t because you are addicted and couldn’t find a better alternative? Well now there is a soda that is all natural with nothing artificial. Zevia, with less than a single calorie, no artificial sweetener, no sodium or fat, is  the worlds only all natural sugar free alternative to diet soda.

Zevia uses Stevia, which is an herb in the sunflower family from the rain forest known as “Sweet Leaf”. Because Stevia has no effect on blood sugar levels, it is attractive as a natural sweetener to people who must control their intake of certain carbohydrates.

zinfo_backZEVIA™ contains none of the chemically processed artificial sugar substitutes found in diet sodas because it is sweetened with natural stevia. Diet sodas also contain artificial flavors and colors. ZEVIA™ does not. With great effort, expense, and painstaking care, Zevia LLC found the healthiest, all natural ingredients available. Many “natural” sodas contain sugar which means calories. Diet sodas are usually sweetened with processed artificial sweeteners which means chemicals. ZEVIA™ with stevia is the only truly all natural diet soda.

Zevia Natural Soda –

  • Is naturally caffeinated with 45 mgs of natural caffeine derived from coffee
  • Contains no sugar
  • No Calories, carbohydrates and no fat
  • Contains nothing artificial
  • Certified Kosher
  • Gluten Free

Zevia offers six different flavors, Root Beer, Twist, Cola, Orange, Black Cherry, and Ginger Ale.

To locate a store near you that carries Zevia, click here.

How to Save When Buying Organic

Some people complain that buying organic food is so much more expensive than the non-organic foods. I will be the first to admit that organic food is more expensive to begin with but after reading about the Chemical Food Additives(Chemical Food Additives – Are They Slowly Killing Our Children?) and what they can do to a child’s body, let alone your own body, I see the importance in Organic food.

Here are some ways to cut down on your organic food bill.

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Organic Granola Recipe

One of the best organic breakfast recipes for busy cooks is organic granola. You can make it ahead of time and store it for weeks.

Start with a base of four to five cups of organic oats (not the instant kind). You’ll need about half a cup of organic honey and half a cup of organic apple juice for sweetness and as a binder. You can use less if you like, or omit the honey if you are vegan.

Add half a cup of any or all of the following:

  • Bran flakes
  • Raisins
  • Coconut
  • Other dried fruit
  • Nuts such as almonds, walnuts, or a mixture

For things you might like a little less of in your granola, try a quarter cup instead:

  • Sunflower seeds
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Wheat germ

Mix all ingredients together and put in a thin layer on a cookie sheet. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees and cook for about 45 minutes, until the oats are golden brown. Allow to cool and break up to store.

Make friends at the supermarket.

I recently found that the store I frequent has an marked down organic frozen section away from all the other organic items. You wouldn’t know that unless someone pointed it out to you. Typically you will find some items marked down because they are close to date, make sure and ask when things get marked down.

Try Growing Your Own

Verdant.com has a wonderfully set out site with links to help you on your way to growing your own organic vegetables for frugal sustainability.

These are just a few ways to help you get on your way to an organic healthy lifestyle. If you have more tips or great websites for helping people live organically, please share them in the comments below.

4 Natural Ways to Help with Mood Swings

In women, mood swings are often related to hormonal fluctuations and may occur before the monthly period, during and right after pregnancy and during menopause. But female hormones aren’t the only culprits: Men, also, can get into funks—over a cloudy sky, a spouse’s offhand comment or just a stressful day at work.

Many people have decided to take anti-depressants when faced with the decision of what to do to control those mood swings. But these aren’t the only way to take care of them, if you do your research, you can find all natural ways to remedy these hormonal imbalances, which are so much better for you.

Chamomile – Chamomile helps to stabilize the mood swings sometimes associated with PMS. It should be noted here, however, that if PMS or menstrual difficulties are recurring, the affected woman should probe more deeply into what is causing this imbalance. Serious nutritional or physical problems may be at the root of these problems and should be addressed as soon as possible. From Price-Pottenger Nutrition Forum.

Food – “The link between food and mood is becoming much more known in a lot of ways,” says Lynn Smith, a Boulder, Colo., dietitian who helps patients use dietary changes to wean themselves off anti-depressants or avoid going on them. For instance, low levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter built from the amino acids found in vitamins B6, B12, folic acid and other nutrients, may result in insomnia, depression, increased sensitivity to pain and aggressive behavior. Low levels of dopamine and nor-epinephrine – built up with the help of magnesium, B12 and folic acid – leave people feeling irritable and moody. Fatty acids Omega 3 (fish oil) and Omega 6 (certain vegetable oils) also have been shown in some clinical studies to be associated with mood stabilization. We tend to reach for sugar because it quickly spikes levels of feel-good serotonin, dietitians say. But it also spikes blood sugar levels dramatically within 10 or 15 minutes. When the body tries to stabilize itself, it overcompensates, dragging the level exceedingly low within 25 to 40 minutes. Low blood sugar is associated with depression, fatigue and anxiety. From LJWorld.com. Check out: Good Food, Good Mood: How to Eat Right to Feel Right from Amazon.

Hydrotherapy – The next time you need to chill out, fill your tub with water just slightly cooler than body temperature. It should feel like a hot bath that’s beginning to get a little chilly, says Dr. Tori Hudson, a naturopathic physician and professor at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon. Soak for 20 minutes, adding water as needed to maintain the temperature of the bath. From Mothernature.com.

Exercise – Physical exercise releases damaging stress hormones, virtually moving them out of the body, generates endorphins (feel-good chemistry), increases levels of serotonin and balances the brain. Exercise also generates new nerve cells in the brain and enhances the connections between brain cells, which chronic stress shrinks. That can trigger depression, which shrinks the brain even more. However, there is great news. Exercise reverses this process; in fact, exercise causes the brain to grow and flower. After you exercise, you reap the rewards of the relaxation response both physically and emotionally. From Lifestyle.aol.ca.

10 Green Ways to Shed Those Extra Pounds by Christmas

Holiday parties happen from November throughout December with the biggest party being New Years Eve. We all have those cocktail dresses or suits that make their appearance at this time of the year and if we aren’t careful in the next two months, these clothes will not fit us come Christmas. Here are 10 practical ways to lose those extra pounds by Christmas or even maintain the weight you are currently at.

1. Start with a healthy breakfast! Don’t skip breakfast; thinking it will help you loose weight because it actually does the opposite. It takes calories to digest calories, so eating in the morning fires up your metabolism. Breakfast options: Whole grain cereal, two pieces of whole wheat toast with two tablespoons of peanut butter and add a banana or an apple.

2. Snack Healthy 2-3 times a day. If your place of business doesn’t offer healthy choices for snacks, then you have to start bringing your own snacks. Plan ahead and try to have snacks on hand. Healthy snacks: An ounce of nuts, pretzels, or string cheese; a medium piece of fruit; six graham cracker squares; or six cups of low-fat microwave popcorn. YumYumSnacks.com offers organic snacks for all ages.

3. Cut your alcohol consumption in half. I know it’s hard, especially at this time of year but alcohol can really pack on the pounds. Check out this article 5 Ways to beat the beer belly.

4. Switch to drinking green tea. Drink two cups of organic green tea a day. With each sip of green tea, you get health-promoting substances: two potent flavonoids — anthocyanin and proanthocyanidin — and a healthy dose of catechin. It also is a proven, natural metabolism booster. Green tea and weight loss.

5. Drink lots of tap water. Even if all you did was start drinking more water you would likely lose weight. That’s because the body needs to be fully hydrated in order to maintain a healthy metabolism.

6. Start a weight-training regimen. You’ve heard that muscle weighs more than fat, but did you know that muscle burns more calories? Building lean muscle through weight training causes the body to burn more calories throughout the day. When combined with regular aerobic exercise, weight training can help you lose more weight.

7.Don’t eat after 8pm. This gives your body a break from digesting while you sleep.

8. Go for lighter choices. If you drink 2% milk, switch to 1% or non-fat. If you use butter, switch to organic vegetable margarine (a lot less fat and better for you). In any area that you can go low fat try the switch.

9. Share! When eating out start sharing meals. This stops you from eating too much. By sharing you are being green because you no longer have left over’s to worry about that come in those awful take out boxes that can’t be recycled.

10. Last but not least, don’t be too hard on yourself. Give yourself rewards every now and then to keep you on your diet. Indulge in conservative amounts of your favorite foods once a week. But remember a serving should be the size of an average apple.