Eating a well balanced and wholesome diet is important for our wellbeing and it can be done without digging a deep hole in our pockets. Especially in times of financial distress, it becomes more important to plan, shop for and prepare foods and meals in a budget wise manner.
As part of our “Wellness Wednesdays” series of programs offered in collaboration with The Department of Family and Community Health Sciences (FCHS), a part of Rutgers Cooperative Extension, the topic of the session on May 5th at 11 am is “Healthy Eating on a Budget”, where you will learn ways to save while planning healthy meals for the entire family. You can register for it here.
Listed below are some online resources, library materials and community resources that will also help.
Online resources and articles:
This video from Consumer Reports will help you shop smart for foods with health benefits
Save big bucks on your food shopping with this video from Consumer Reports
This link from the USDA’s website Choose My Plate offers useful tips like creating a grocery game plan, shopping smart and preparing easy healthy meals
Here is useful information on food planning during the pandemic
Books and Ebooks available with your Livingston Library card:
Affordable Paleo Cooking With Your Instant Pot : Quick Clean Meals On a Budget by Jennifer Robbins
Robbins shows you how to use easy-to-find, less expensive ingredients to create amazingly flavorful, healthy meals in half the time with your Instant Pot® or other multifunction cooker. These recipes make healthy eating easy and attainable on any budget, any night of the week.
This book includes twenty-six weeks’ worth of dinners each centered around one protein, one vegetable, and one starch. From those basic components, Garcia shows you how to put together three varied and flavorful dishes that will seem anything but repetitive.
Are you thinking about eating healthy, but not sure how to save money? Would you like to begin healthy eating all while you budget like a pro? Then, Cooking on a Budget is for you!
Delicious Food On A Budget by Angela Oranye
A comprehensive book of recipes of divergent food designed to eat healthily on a budget.
This book shows you how to make nutritious dinners that everyone in the family will love and get them on the table quickly without spending more–in most instances–than $3 a person. It costs out the ingredients, tells readers how to get the most nutrition bang for their buck, and even shows them where to splurge and where to save.
Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day by Leanne Brown
Created for people who have to watch every dollar—but particularly those living on the U.S. food stamp allotment of $4.00 a day—this is a cookbook filled with delicious, healthful recipes backed by ideas that will make everyone who uses it a better cook. The more than 100 recipes maximize every ingredient and teach economical cooking methods. Plus there are tips on shopping smartly and the minimal equipment needed to cook successfully.
Offers healthy, simple, and affordable recipes for everyday meals, including such dishes as all-day breakfast tacos, curry chicken salad, beef chili ramen, loaded shrimp nachos, Mediterranean toast, easy fried rice, and bacon-wrapped dates.
Instant Loss On a Budget : Super-Affordable Recipes for the Health-Conscious Cook by Brittany Williams
As a busy mom of three, Brittany knows how important it is to create nutritious meals that will please the pickiest eaters without breaking your budget. Featuring 125 delicious, crowd-pleasing recipes that all cost less than $10 to make–most can be made for less than $5–this book is proof that wholesome food doesn’t have to be expensive.
British chef Jamie’s approximately 100 recipes support his eat-better crusade by encouraging the trying of mix-and-matching ingredients, especially when fashioning the basics of, say, an omelet or a salad.
Leake shares practical secrets for saving money in the kitchen: learning to plan ahead, getting the best deals on staple items, knowing what to make versus what to buy, growing your own herbs, and even reducing waste — which is currently twenty percent of all food purchased. This full-color cookbook includes shopping lists and prices for each recipe.
Learn to cook smarter, save time and money and enjoy great meals crafted from leftovers in a practical and creative cookbook that teaches readers to plan and prepare great “second meals.”
Simply Ming One-Pot Meals : Quick, Healthy & Affordable Recipes by Ming Tsai & Arthur Boehm
Chef Tsai believes there are four basic needs in everyday cooking today: taste, healthfulness, simplicity, and affordability. So, in this groundbreaking cookbook, he tackles all four while offering 85 recipes for one-pot cooking.
Supermarket Healthy : Recipes and Know-How For Eating Well Without Spending a Lot by Melissa D’ Arabian
Food Network personality D’Arabian shows you how to make healthy meals for your whole family and still save lots of money and time, in a cookbook with 120 new dishes.
The recipes in this book are focused on unprocessed ingredients, pastured animal products and frugal foods that people have thrived on for generations. Find tips and tricks for cutting down on costs while prioritizing nutrient density per dollar. Follow easy directions for sprouting or soaking grains and legumes to unlock their full nutritional value, then use them in yummy meals like A Better Kefir-Chia Soaked Granola or Soaked Gluten-Free Artisan Bread. Learn to tactfully utilize more expensive produce, with foolproof recipes like higher-protein, lower-cost Stretched-Out Guacamole.
Enjoy plant-based dishes every meal, every day–even burgers, pizza, and pasta. AND do it on a budget! In addition to pennywise but irresistible recipes, Nava Atlas supplies an arsenal of money-saving tips ranging from plant-based protein bargains, buying in bulk, and safe non-organic produce to coupons, apps, and ready-made vegan sauces
Resources for Food Assistance
Community Food Bank of NJ
Hunger Free America
Meals on Wheels
NJ 211 Food Programs and Community Resources
–Archana, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian