There’s a cost to eating and living healthy and it’s higher than the dollar menu! Mom always said to eat your fruits and vegetables but mom never said that it was more expensive than that tasty cheeseburger you’d rather have! A recent study shows that healthy diets are more expensive than unhealthy diets. How unfortunate is that?
If you’re a healthy eater, did you know it’s more costly? It could even cost your family thousands of dollars more a year to cook healthy meals! Read more to learn the truth about healthy diets!
The British Journal of Medicine Open conducted a recent study, which concluded that a healthy diet costs around $1.50 more a day than an unhealthy diet. Diets consisting of meats, junk food and other processed foods were $1.50 cheaper a day than a diet consisting of fruits, veggies and fish.
If you are choosing a healthy lifestyle, you are spending over $500 more a year than if you went to the drive-thru. For the average family, it costs over $2,000 more a year to be healthy! Wow! The study also looked at varying options within certain food groups. For example, fat-free milk tended to be more expensive than whole milk.
So, being healthy has a price but the end result is pretty valuable - great body inside and out, longer life expectancy, and much more. Check out our diet and fitness sections for tips on cutting costs with healthy food or how to work out, which requires time more so than money!
Brown vs. white: What's the difference between these eggs?
An older man refuses to buy brown eggs every week from the grocery store. He thinks the difference between brown and white eggs is enough to make him buy white. Why? According to him, he thinks "brown eggs just aren't normal."
The younger health generation might argue the nutritional value in between the colors. Why are brown eggs more expensive?
Shopping for eggs no longer only involves opening the carton to make sure none are cracked. All kinds of labels, such as free of growth-hormones, free of antibiotics, cage-free, omega-3 and even organic eggs, are all stacked next to each other. Even some stores carry Aracauna hen’s eggs, which have a blueish tent to outer shell.
To solve some simple confusion between brown vs. white eggs, here are rumors about the shell’s color.
Now that you know the truth behind brown and white eggs, maybe this will sway your decision one way or another. Eggs are eggs, so don't waste money on brown when the nutritional value is the same as white!
Labels don't lie, but they sometimes bend the facts. Each food's "nutrition facts" box should be studied before you make a purchase. And your kids should know that nutrition labels are there to inform you what's inside the food you're eating. The agency in charge of nutrition is the USDA (United States Drug Administration). They have switched from the traditional pyramid to a new symbol, a colorful plate called MyPlate. Michelle Obama is a big proponent of this change.
Reading and interpreting food labels isn’t just for grown ups. With today’s growing concerns about childhood nutrition and obesity, it’s never too soon to encourage your children to make smart decisions. Food companies are actually required by law to give you the facts about what you're about to eat.
You can teach your kids how to read labels by making it a game. Here's what you need to do:
Gather together three or four similar products. Teach kids to use their newfound nutrition knowledge to read the labels and rate the products.
Let your children design a healthy menu for a family dinner and take them grocery shopping with you. Older kids may want to help with the food preparation. For a little math practice, have your new nutritionist provide a total breakdown for the entire meal (calories, fat, protein, etc).
Then, the entire family can celebrate success with fresh fruit for a just dessert! For more food, wine, and recipes, check out Sally Bernstein!
We're got a fruity drink recipe that is quick and refreshing! Summer brings an array of fresh fruits that are in season. Fruits like apples and oranges are typically seen all year round, but strawberries taste best during the hot months. Their season is generally April through June, so don't waste any time trying this strawberries in champagne recipe!
This specific recipe makes 4 to 6 servings. Enjoy!
For more food, wine and recipes, check out Sally Bernstein!
How well do you know your seeds? Find out which are best for the Mediterranean diet and everyday eating. Seeds are a great addition to the Mediterranean diet plan. Sprinkle them on salads, eat them with fresh fruit and yogurt, toss into a stir-fry dish, blend them into smoothies, mix into flour when baking muffins, and add them to your trail mix. They are small, but they pack a powerful punch of nutrition.
Check out the different types of seeds to choose from.
Most seeds taste better after they have been toasted. Shake seeds in an ungreased skillet over medium heat for about 3-4 minutes, depending on the thickness of the seeds. Watch the pan closely so that you don’t over toast and burn the seeds.
However you choose to use these seeds, you'll derive health, taste and substance from them! For more food, wine and recipes, check out Sally Bernstein!