Eating out is expensive and can be hard to do if you’re trying to eat healthy. If you try to maintain a healthy weight and are on a budget, it’s a smart idea to cook yourself. You can check the quality and quantity of ingredients go into each dish. Whether you’re looking for recipes that are low in fat, calories, sugar and carbohydrates, or are organic or all-around healthy, there are several sources for free menus
Take a look at Eating Well. com, which has nutrition facts for each recipe and easy to search menu ideas. It also has news, competitions and interviews. Belly Bytes. com is another good source. HealthRecipes. com has recipes for delicious, healthy smoothies, rice dishes, egg dishes, flax recipes and more. It also publishes informative articles about healthy foods, health conditions, wonder foods and herbs.
Also look at interactive menu planner places as the National Institutes of Health (see Resources). It helps you to plan breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. You enter the foods and number of servings, and it gives you the nutritional information and counting calories for you.
Check out healthy food cookbooks from your local library. Sometimes old cookbooks given away for free at libraries or churches. You can even download them for free from certain websites, such HealthRecipes. com. You will be able to tell which recipes are healthy, because they are generally colorful fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meat and white meat as opposed to red meat. Healthy recipes are usually prepared by baking or grilling instead of frying.
Friends, family and neighbors
Get together with friends and neighbors who also loves to cook good-for-you foods. Trade recipes, menu ideas, cookbooks and tips with everyone else who is interested. See who can come up with the best recipe creations and most creative ingredient pairings. Ask family members if they want to contribute with some healthy recipes.