Eating: It's a Frugal Thing To Do! by Cyndi Roberts
Staying healthy is a
frugal thing to do! Fewer medicines to buy, whether
prescription or over the counter, and fewer visits to the doctor can
only be a good thing!
Making wise food choices
is a vital step toward keeping healthy and boosting your body's
immune system. Some foods are loaded with nutrients that can
actually help prevent disease.
Beta carotene is a
powerful antioxidant (disease fighter). Yellow and orange vegetables
such as carrots and sweet potatoes pack lots of beta carotene.
Tomatoes have high
levels of lycopene and vitamin C. Research shows many benefits of
lycopene. Tomatoes with the reddest color have the highest amounts
of lycopene. Have your tomatoes in soups, salads or even
inketchup. Unlike some vegetables, tomatoes don't lose their
nutritional value during cooking.
Broccoli is full of
fiber and also contains beta carotene. And it has more vitamin C
than oranges, plus it's loaded with vitamin E to strenghten body
cells that fight infection.
Tiny blueberries pack
high levels of antioxidants and also may help prevent urinary tract
infections. Also, blueberries may reduce the buildup of
"bad" cholesterol. A cup of blue berries contains 3
grams of fiber.
Green leafy veggies,
like spinach, contain vitamin B and iron. The darker the green, the
more nutritious. Green leafy veggies also provide fiber, which
is important in helping reduce cholesterol and controlling blood
sugar levels. Remember not to overcook, or nutrients will be lost.
Vitamin C increases the
production of infection-fighting white blood cells and helps the
body to absorb iron. For lots of vitamin C, choose fruits such
as strawberries, oranges, grapefruit and kiwi.
Overall, vegetables and
fruits contribute a high amount of nutrients for the calories they
contain. And they pack a high nutritional punch for a
relatively low price. Buy fruits and veggies in season for the
Stock your fridge with
these frugal, healthy foods and strengthen your body's immune
The ideas and tips in
this article are not intended to be used as medical advice.
Cyndi Roberts is
the editor of the "1 Frugal Friend 2 Another" bi-weekly
newsletter, featuring creative ideas and tips to help you "live
the good life...on a budget!" Visit http://www.cynroberts.com
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