Health Watch - Budget Nutrition: Other Strategies

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This week on Health Watch, we’ve been talking about cutting your grocery budget without sacrificing nutrition. By cooking from scratch, planning meals, making a grocery list and focusing on good foods, you can improve your diet while cutting costs.

While eliminating non-nutritious extras helps lower your grocery bill, you don’t have to eliminate all treats. Dr. Jo Ann Carson, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says limiting portions is a good way to enjoy treats. For instance, instead of buying cookies from the grocery store bakery, buy refrigerated dough and use only enough dough to bake a few cookies at a time in the toaster oven. That reduces the urge to overeat and spreads the treats — and the cost — out over time. Buying in bulk at warehouse clubs can save you money, but only if you’re not buying too much of things you don’t need. Go in with a friend and split your purchases.

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May 2009

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