Are you on a budget, but looking to lose weight? It is definitely possible to make a healthy dinner for two for under $12! Eating well does not have to break the bank; in fact, the simpler meals can save you time and money. Likewise, cooking uncomplicated meals can keep you on track to eat clean and healthy.
Mental Health Benefits Of Simple + Healthy Meals
Every October 10th is World Mental Health Day, the day set aside to raise mental health awareness. What we consume plays a role in our overall mood. In fact, we can eat mood-boosting foods affecting that can affect our sense of well being and happiness level.
According to the World’s Healthiest Foods, there are numerous benefits in eating more broccoli:
“It is a very good source of dietary fiber, pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, vitamin E, manganese, phosphorus, choline, vitamin B1, vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids), potassium and copper. Broccoli is also a good source of vitamin B1, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, protein, zinc, calcium, iron, niacin and selenium.”
Broccoli is a good mood food packing vitamins and minerals both our body and mind requires. The best part of eating broccoli is that it provides complex carbs, fiber, and is a low in calorie.
Tips For Cooking On A Budget
Don’t Over Buy
It is tempting to get into the mindset that more is better, but more is not always eaten. Especially when it comes to vegetables, too much can go to waste and rot.
Buy For The Day
Buy food for the day, unless you are absolutely positive you will be eating everything that you purchase. If you are going to buy fresh vegetables, cook or serve what you will eat and freeze the rest. Freezing vegetables and meat is one way to keep from wasting food. However, I also have found a freezer full of zip lock bags some uncooked and forgotten about. Fresh foods and vegetables are always better than frozen and or processed.
- Broccoli (1.5 lbs)
- Chicken Breast (.73 lbs or 2 chicken breasts)
- Lemon Pepper Seasoning
- Wrap chicken breast and broccoli with aluminum foil, season with lemon pepper marinade and bake for 350 for 1 hour.
Simple, Low Calorie & Inexpensive
This meal, while ultra simple is ultra low calorie and low in fat. This is good news for anyone looking to lose weight. Most of the time, people assume that eating fast food is cheaper than eating healthy. However, eating healthy can be inexpensive, it just requires keeping an eye out for deals and sales at your nearby grocery store.