Healthy Food Stamps

Growing up in a single parent household with 3 siblings I am no stranger to seeing someone trying to make ends meet. Sometimes families who are on extreme budgets believe they have to choose between eating healthy or paying bills. I am here to show you today just how to eat healthy on a food stamp budget. If you are a parent you are responsible for setting an example and showing your kids healthy eating habits. Diabetes, heart disease, strokes, and cancer is so prevalent in our society and many believe that our food choices play a huge role in all of them. This is the introduction to eating healthy on a food stamp budget stay on the lookout for much more from me on this topic. Being overweight as a child can affect that child’s self esteem, social skills, and much more. Never put your child on a diet, but do show them how to eat healthy. Just because you are on a budget or on food stamps does not mean that healthy choices go out the window. I am going to show you exactly how to eat healthy on a food stamp budget.

Remember nothing is ever cheap or free even when it comes down to food, what you put in your body now you will pay for later. Make a good investment and pay for it now.

The following are several tips on eating healthy on a food stamp budget:

  • Cook at home whenever possible, you are more aware of what you are putting in your families’ mouth. Many fast food places and restaurants put additives in your food that you might not be aware of. Less expensive as well.
  • Your meals should always consist of lean proteins, complex carbohydrates, good fats, and green vegetables
  • Prepare meals ahead of time for your family, so that you are not just trying to throw something together at the last minute.
  • Introduce vegetables to your family at very early ages, so that they are used to eating them. If they don’t like certain ones, try a different vegetable and keep trying sometimes it takes your taste buds a while to get used to them
  • WIC approved items are going to be better choices for your family on a food stamp budget. WIC is very careful when choosing foods that are on the WIC approved list. They are normally higher in fiber, lower in sugar, and have several other nutrients that other foods lack.

 

Lean Proteins

  • Turkey
  • Fish
  • Chicken
  • Black Beans
  • Kidney Beans
  • Black Eyed Peas
  • Stay away from sausages, hot dogs, and bologna as much as possible they are full of fat and additives that your body does not need.

Complex Carbohydrates

 

  • Brown Rice
  • Quinoa
  • 100% whole wheat not enriched (read labels)
  • Ezekiel bread
  • Oatmeal(regular and steel cut)

Green Vegetables

  • Green Beans
  • Broccoli
  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Asparagus

Good Fats

  • Almonds
  • Cashews
  • Olive Oil
  • Avocado
  • Peanut Butter

Water

  • Get your family used to drinking water, it flushes fat and toxins. Add a lemon to it for extra taste.

 

Things to avoid cheap is not always good

  • Punches and certain fruit juices that are not juice at all- no nutrients, empty calories
  • Fried foods, eat baked foods only
  • Candy on occasion only, get family used to eating fruit instead

 

 

Remember its your body Never Give Up

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