Stretching your food dollars Part 3
Most of us know that we should be eating fruits and vegetables. But do you know why? Well, there are many reasons! To name a few, fruits and vegetables are low in calories and high in fibre which can help us lose weight or maintain a healthy weight. They can help keep the digestive system regular. They are high in phyto chemicals, which are compounds that may help reduce your risk of heart disease and some cancers. To reap all of these benefits reach for a fruit or vegetable serving at each meal and whenever you snack.
Consider these tips to keep costs down and to increase your intake of fruits and vegetables:
Buy seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables. Many fresh produce choices are a good buy all year round. These include apples, oranges, bananas, potatoes, cabbage, and carr timberland boots for women ots.
Purchase fresh produce at different levels of ripeness to avoid waste. Eat the ripest produce first. Use any over ripe produce in cooking and baking. Puree and add to muffins, soups and smoothies.
Frozen fruits and vegetables nutritious too! Buy them when they are on sale. Choose those without added seasonings, sauces or sugars. Besides eating them as a side dish, consider adding them to a so timberland boots for women ups, stir fry or salad. Frozen peas are a great addition to macaroni and cheese and frozen spinach works well in lasagna. Frozen fruit is great in yogurt or added to pancake or muffin batter.
Canned fruits and vegetables can also be a healthy option. Choose no added salt canned vegetables when you timberland boots for women can and/or drain and rinse to wash away some of the salt. Choose canned fruit packed in juice or water. Try canned pineapple in a stir fry or canned mandarin oranges in a salad.
Avoid buying small/individual packages of canned fruit. The larger cans are less expensive. Repack into smaller reusable containers to take to work or school.
I have chosen to share this new recipe from the PC Holiday Insider’s Report to show how you can adapt a recipe to suit the needs of you timberland boots for women and your family. This recipe uses shallots but you can easily use regular onion. It also uses prepared green beans but if bulk green beans or the frozen variety are on sale then use those instead! In fact, you could also substitute other vegetables, depending on price and availability, such as carrots or Brussels sprouts.
In 10 inch (25 cm) nonstick frying pan, heat oil and 1 tsp (5 mL) of the butter over medium heat until butter melts. Add shallots, salt and sugar. Cook, stirring frequently, for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown and caramelized. If necessary, add 1 tbsp (15 mL) water to prevent sticking. Stir in balsamic vinegar. Cook for another 30 seconds or until reduced; set aside. Meanwhile, in a pot of boiling salted water, cook beans for 3 to 5 minutes or until tender crisp. Drain well. Return to pot; toss with remaining 2 tsp (10 mL) butter until butter is melted and beans are coated. Stir in shallot mixture until combined. Transfer to serving dish; sprinkle with shaved Parmigiano. Serves 4