Cheap Ways to Get Healthy

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Cooking SuperfoodsLiving a healthy lifestyle is expensive” is just a myth.  There are plenty of ways to get healthy that can fit into any budget. 

Here are ways you can kick-start eating, sleeping and feeling better today!

Limit Coffee Shop Drinks

Gourmet coffee drinks are just plain pricey and many of them range from 300 to 500 calories a pop because they are high in sugar and syrup that have artificial flavors.  Try making just a plain cup of joe at home and save up $70 dollars a month and 24,000 calories (which equals about 6 whole pounds of body weight)!

Go Vegetarian with 3 Superfoods under $2 a Pop

Mushrooms: High in selenium, crucial for thyroid function and hair growth, mushrooms are super savory and very low in calories.  Packing serious B vitamins, which are responsibly for a host of functions in the body, from a healthy nervous system, maintain energy supply to your cells, and production of red blood cells.

Kale: Kale is a superfood par excellence! Eating inexpensive leafy greens not only doubles or triples you nutrient load, they also happen to be naturally low in calories, fats, and carbs which means you can shed pounds without having to follow a complicated diet. Kale is one of the few vegetables which is also high in protein, andoffers cancer protection and lower cholesterol.  Simply rub the leaves with a little oil and roast at 400F for a delightfully crisp chip.

Carrots: Carrots are a naturally sweet superfood that you can find year round.  Rich in provitamin A, or carotenoids that are present in their lovely orange hue, is a boon for your liver.  They can help replenish this vital nutrient your liver needs to process toxins.  Chop carrots and saute in a little oil or a pat of butter, fat will help absorption of vitamin A.

Cabbage: Cabbage contains potent cancer fighting agents and can be turned into a delicious, inexpensive soup.  Just saute cabbage with a tablespoon of oil and add canned tomatoes, caraway seed or any dried spice you like that you have on hand.  Cabbage also makes a delectable stir fry. Just saute chopped cabbage with a tablespoon of olive until soft.  Stir in a few tablespoons of low-sodium soy sauce, lime juice or vinegar, and a few tablespoons of peanut butter for a tempting sauce.

Skip Soda and Drink Water Instead

Forget the designer waters and just drink good old-fashioned tap water. Most tap water is safe, but if you’re concerned about off-taste just use a filter — very economical. Filtration systems can be inexpensive and a nice way to keep cold water ready to go in your fridge. They help to gently clear water from chlorine and other pollutants.  But if you have serious doubt, go to the EPA for more info. Bottled waters typically taste good, but they can be hard on the environment because of all the packaging and many are just filed with tap water in a fancy bottle. They can also be just as costly as bottled soda.

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