Sunday, November 30, 2014

Morning Cleanse Time!

Let's face it. It you want to lose weight, then you know, cleansing is all the rage. Everyone wants a fast way to lose 20lbs in two weeks. Welllllll, that doesn't work!  However, you CAN detox your system each morning the natural way.  Don't starve yourself or use chemicals to clean out the pipes. (Pun intended). Buy a bag of lemons and some berries and toss some into a glass of water.  Drink it first thing in the morning and wait 20 minutes.....wait for it...... (You know what I'm trying to say) 

This is an easy, simple, inexpensive way to cleanse your system, gently detox your colon and clear the way for your system to shed fat.  If your body isn't busy trying to rid your body of excess waste products, it can focus on burning off that extra weight you're carrying around.

*cheap tip ---- skip the berries if you're low on cash.  Lemon works fine by itself. 

Bargain Basement Holiday Fat Loss Salad - $8 feeds 2-4

This is a wonderfully festive salad that keeps for a few days in the fridge in the right container.  It is loaded with greens and other foods that provide disease prevention and immune boosts!  Plus it's PRETTY!  Mine was pretty boring served in Lock and Lock airtight storage container (purchased on QVC), but you could really rock this if you put it in a pretty bowl or on a platter.  Bear with me....I'll get more creative. I promise.  😘

Versatile Serving: 2 for Lunch; 1 as a Dinner; or 4 for a Side Dish with a meal

Bag of baby kale and spinach $3.99 (use whole bag) 
*cheap tip --- Buy the family size bag for $5.99 and have leftovers for sautée, salad and soup all week long 

Bag of organic apples $3.99 (2 for the recipe)

Bag of cranberries $1.50 (1/2 cup for the recipe)

1 chopped Green pepper $.79

1 bag of Broccoli Slaw $1.99

Annie's Shitake Mushroom dressing $2.79 
*cheap tip ---Get the large Ginger salad dressing from Costco for $6 (one bottle has triple the servings!)

Toss greens and slaw with several tablespoons of dressing. Let sit in fridge for an hour to wilt the greens.  Top with sliced apples and cranberries before serving. If you feel like a spicy kick and a metabolic, fat burning boost, sprinkle some hot pepper flakes on top. 

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Cheap Breakfast! Recipe of the Day Under $5

This is a quick, cheap breakfast.  This is one of my favs juices that I drink when I need to replenish the system after a long night of fun!  If you consume alcohol, this is a refreshing drink that can cure the hangover, along with some lemon water and Advil.  If you suffer from migraines, this is also good for those severe headaches.  The iron, minerals and vitamin C, coupled with the cold liquid, is sure to help soothe the soul.  Chase it with a B-12 supplement to boost your system and you will be feeling 100% in no time. Drink this and experience a health booster shot that is cheap, easy, leaves no dishes to wash.  I promise pure vibrant health will follow. I mean how can you go wrong with that?

3 oranges $.40
1 cup baby spinach $.75
1 red pepper $1.19
Dash of raw sugar, agave nectar, honey (if you want it sweeter, if not omit this step)

Add enough water to make it the consistency you prefer and blend in a high speed blender with ice.  I use a Vitamix, but for years I used an Oster blender from Salvation Army I picked up at a steal. When that burned out, I used a NutriBullet.  When that burned out, I shelled out the cash to get a Vitamix.  It has been worth every penny...let me tell you.  Reviews on appliances I suggest will come later.


A Little About Me and Why I Created This Blog

In my quest for healthy living, I have tried many things....vegetarian, vegan, raw vegan, paleo, Atkins (yuck), South Beach, fasting.  What I discovered is that most of these lifestyle changes are difficult to implement if you eat the standard American diet and have all your life.  I also discovered that to commit to health sometimes means committing to spending lots of your cash on food and products to support natural living.  I don't think that is fair!  I work hard for my money and I don't mind spending it to support my health, but I would like to spend it on other things too......I don't think that is too much to ask.
I went on a quest to try to have a healthier life, as free as possible from chemicals and foods that can cause ill health, but at the same time, keep some of my money for fun and things other than GROCERIES.
Here you will find my tips for living healthy on a budget, how to feed a family on a budget, tips for replacing commercial products with homemade ones that are just as good, recipes and whatever else I stumble upon that helps me.  If anything I have to share helps make choosing health a real option for you, then my work is done.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Mini food haul on a budget! Under $20

Feeling sick and tired of Thanksgiving junk that is currently crowding my body was craving red foods.  Go figure?  So I went to Trader Joe's and picked up :

20 bananas $5.80
3 red peppers $3.57
4lb bag of organic oranges $3.49
A bag of organic carrots $.89

That should hold me a for a few days.

I'm all about healthy living on a budget.  And living on a budget is not easy.   I don't live in some small, low cost of living town. I'm in Washington DC metro. Where prices are high and stress is higher.  It is a challenge to say the least to live on a tight budget and still eat fresh, healthy, living foods......I love fruits and veggies.

Off to make some carrot orange spinach juice.....cheers!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The "I'm Broke" Shopping Lists!

Somebody asked me how to eat raw or vegan on a tight budget. Here's my tips:

*1. If you are really low on funds.... 

Extra Large bag of spinach
Head of lettuce preferably green leaf or romaine but iceberg in a pinch
Case of bananas
Family size bag of frozen berries or other fruit

Goal: live on smoothies and fresh bananas

*2. If you are "broke" but surviving....

Get all the above plus a party size bag of raw almonds to make almond milk and to put in shakes or to snack on

Goal: still living on smoothies but with some variety

*3. If you just need a budget grocery list...

Get all the above from both lists and add:

-A bag of organic apples (for juice and lunch bag snack)
-A large bag of organic carrots (for salad and juice)
-Large cucumbers for juice and salads (cucumbers net a lot of liquid so they are great for budget juicing)
-Large family size bag of lettuce/carrot/cabbage salad blend (this variety is cheap)
-Bag of organic lemons (for morning cleanse and salad dressings)
-Bag of onions or garlic for immune boosting and seasoning
-Zucchini for "pasta"
-Canned organic tomatoes or fresh if you can afford it 
-tofu or tempeh
-Bag of walnuts for 'meatballs' and nut burgers
-Sunburgers or other non gmo veggie burger
-Cold pressed olive oil

Add in a B12 supplement and a multivitamin. I find the BOGO sales at drugstores and stock up when they have them.  Rite Aid and CVS and Walgreens are good candidates for this tactic.

Add in organic cruelty free eggs, seafood, poultry and grass fed beef if you are paleo or eat animal products 

Join a warehouse club like Costco, Sam's or Bj's and that will help you save 50% on grocery if you shop there consistently.  Trust me on this one.

I hope this helps someone.