Health Watch - Eating Habits: Saving Money

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about developing better eating habits. It may seem like eating well costs a lot of money, but you can stick to a budget without sacrificing nutrition.

Home-cooked meals are less expensive and more nutritious than most restaurant meals or packaged, processed foods. Dr. Jo Ann Carson, a clinical dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says the key to sticking to a budget is planning ahead so you buy only what you need to make meals. Stocking your pantry with staples like dried beans, brown rice, pasta and oatmeal means you’ve always got the basics for meals handy. Buy fresh produce in season, when it’s usually less expensive. Make soup out of leftover vegetables; homemade soup is lower in sodium than canned soups. You can also make your own frozen dinners by freezing leftovers in microwave-safe containers.

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February 2010

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