Food Check-Out Week: Eat Healthy on a Budget

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

Many Americans made New Year’s resolutions to lose weight and save money. These are hard resolutions to keep, and so, during Food Check-Out Week, Feb. 19-25, Farm Bureau is offering tips to help consumers eat healthy on a budget.

Farmers are consumers, too, and they share a common concern with non-farming consumers when it comes to putting nutritious meals on the table while sticking to a budget. Higher rates of diabetes and childhood obesity in the South make it crucial that everyone evaluate their diets and take responsibility for the food we eat.

As gas prices rise, this increases the cost of transporting, preparing and packaging food products, so you may hear news reports of rising grocery prices. The good news is, a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) report shows that prices for unprepared, readily available fresh fruits and vegetables have remained stable relative to dessert and snack foods, such as chips, ice cream and soda.   

“Consumers may significantly reduce their grocery bills without sacrificing nutrition by shopping at competitively-priced stores, using coupons and store loyalty cards, and sticking to their shopping lists,” said Erline Cannon, Colquitt  County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee chairman. “Another way to stretch your grocery dollars without neglecting nutrition is to buy fresh produce when it’s in season and costs less, while buying frozen fruits and vegetables when they’re not in season.”

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