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Old 06-22-2014, 08:24 PM
 
Location: Western Oregon
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veggies are so overrated, better off spending that moolah on protein..........


Why You Shouldn't Eat Five Portions of Fruit and Veg? - Part One

Hmm, we can find whatever we look for on the internet, to support any bias. How about what doctors say? Are they full of it? And what about the people who live in places where more fruits and veges are eaten? Are they healthier because of some bs that web sites just make up?

I don't think all meat is bad, but I think it should be limited. I also know that people don't NEED meat to be healthy. Veges and fruits, however, have been proven to be very valuable.
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Old 06-22-2014, 08:26 PM
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Rice, beans, corn, chicken thighs...probably cost you around 2 bucks a day or something.

Cheap and healthy snacks would be carrots, apples, bananas.

If this wasn't for health, I knew someone in college that ate for 1$/day.

His diet consisted of macaroni and cheese with sliced hot dogs and franks red hot sauce (everything Aldi's brand).
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Old 06-22-2014, 08:34 PM
 
Location: Western Oregon
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... chicken thighs...probably cost you around 2 bucks a day or something.
I second that! I love chicken thighs. I cook them with onions, and sweet and hot peppers. Yum! Or with tomato sauce, onions, cinnamon, fresh garlic, and cooked macaroni.
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Old 06-22-2014, 08:44 PM
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I second that! I love chicken thighs. I cook them with onions, and sweet and hot peppers. Yum! Or with tomato sauce, onions, cinnamon, fresh garlic, and cooked macaroni.
I prefer thighs to breast, because you end up with more fat (and fats are healthy IMO) and you also end up with a mix of white and dark meat, more variety and mins/vitamins.
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Old 06-23-2014, 04:45 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I prefer thighs to breast, because you end up with more fat (and fats are healthy IMO) and you also end up with a mix of white and dark meat, more variety and mins/vitamins.
me too and I think more and more people are realizing there isn't all that more fat in a thigh. Actually we love to buy whole chickens, we can cut them ourselves or cook the whole chicken and use different parts for different things plus we have the broth for freezing.

I can think of a lot of ways for people to eat healthy on a modest budget without going vegetarian. Chicken is probably a good start, plus a little bit of hamburger once a week, and yes, an occasional piece of yummy meats like steak and op don't forget fish like Talapia isn't very pricey.

Luckily we are lovers of veggies and dried beans, plus spoiled brat like fruit, but unless it is in season it isn't something on a low budget that is always available. Anyone that really believes product isn't all the good for you might want to read a few more articles. Too much of anything isn't good for you, but certainly we need fresh produce for a lot of reasons.

The things that can run up the food bill: cheese if you want quality cheese, desserts, sauces, nuts, packaged herbs, and processed foods.
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Old 06-23-2014, 04:53 AM
 
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I used to feed myself and my Husband on $35.00 per week, 3 meals a day and neither of us is close to vegetarian or vegan.
Our meals included protein, vegetables, bread, dairy, fruit and dessert after supper and no fish or seafood.
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Old 06-23-2014, 05:50 AM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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Good to keep in mind that protein desn't have to come from an animal or fish source...healthy protein is also found in beans, grains such as quinoa, nuts...

Google "non-animal sources of protein" and you'll be amazed. For low-cost, healthy cooking, this is useful knowledge. Meat costs are rising rapidly. Beans--not so much, still cheap, especially if prepared from dried beans.
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Old 06-23-2014, 08:29 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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We used to eat a lot of rice, beans and pasta, along with homemade bread and tortillas because they were cheap. We have a little bit larger of a grocery budget now, which is good because I can't eat rice, pasta or bread anymore, and I can't eat more than 1/2 cup beans.

I have noticed frozen veggies are usually cheaper than fresh. We eat a lot of cauliflower and a bag of frozen is about $1.40 and a head of fresh cauliflower is almost $3.
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Old 06-23-2014, 11:36 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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We used to eat a lot of rice, beans and pasta, along with homemade bread and tortillas because they were cheap. We have a little bit larger of a grocery budget now, which is good because I can't eat rice, pasta or bread anymore, and I can't eat more than 1/2 cup beans.

I have noticed frozen veggies are usually cheaper than fresh. We eat a lot of cauliflower and a bag of frozen is about $1.40 and a head of fresh cauliflower is almost $3.
the only problem with that: I don't think frozen cauliflower is, even 1/2 as good as fresh. There are some veggies I think are comparable, like corn and peas, but others just are not.
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Old 06-23-2014, 12:30 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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A lot of flash frozen produce is nutritionally as decent as fresh, even moreso if you're comparing it to "fresh" that isn't actually that fresh at all, but has been trucked around through half the country sitting on trucks and in warehouses. Produce flash frozen at the peak of ripeness and freshness may in some cases actually be of higher nutritional quality than in some cases like this.
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