Friday, May 1, 2009

Paleo Tip - Grocery Store Specials: a Great Way to Save

By Nell Stephenson

We're all used to seeing coupon flyer inserts in local papers. While many of these items don't fit into the Paleo Diet, there are some foods worth checking out, such as fruit, vegetables, and meats that are all at lower prices for a better deal.

Perhaps you'll get a better deal on apples if you buy a 10 lb. bag rather than only two or three individual apples. If the quantity seems too large, freeze the extra, as I suggested a few months ago in the buying in bulk article. Alternatively, get creative on how you use a particular food. Using apples as an example, you can eat them not only as a whole food snack, but you can also bake them in the oven with water, cinnamon and a few raisins for a tasty dessert. Throw them diced atop a green salad, or mix them into your leftover roast turkey breast with some olive oil for a healthy version of a turkey salad.

Check out local fish and meat in season: perhaps the coho salmon is selling for $7.99 per pound, rather than the king salmon you usually buy for $24.99. Try the bison steak instead of your favorite filet mignon, which is a fraction of the price, and you'll save while expanding your palate!

The same works for produce. Perhaps a local winter squash is at a better price than asparagus that came from South America. Buying local produce not only will you save money, but it will also make less of a carbon footprint.

Try making your meal plans based on the ads for what is on sale in the coming week. Being prepared is going to serve you well because you're far less likely to splurge on that expensive bag of exotic gourmet nuts when you've already allocated your money for fresh, local, raw walnuts!

Happy, (and Savvy) Eating!

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