We’ve all been there: the extra few hours at work, stuck in rush hour traffic, feeling exhausted and the last thing you want is to spend time in the kitchen! DoSomething.org reports that 1 in 4 Americans consume fast food at least once a day, meaning that our dependency on already cooked, delivered meals is a necessity (and no longer a luxury). It may seem like you’re saving time and resources by eating out. However, your wallet will take a beating from all of the excess charges for items that cost a fraction of that amount from the store! Loans, bills, and debt are sky high for a majority of Americans, making finances a major source of stress. The American Psychological Association found that more than 72% of Americans are highly stressed about money and bank accounts. By simply cutting back on costly cuisines, the strain and pressure will radically decline. Try these simple tips to lower your spending on quick fixes and spend more time where it really counts: towards your wellbeing.
It’s hard to remember to eat when you’re being pulled in a hundred different directions. Don’t let a low blood sugar keep you from feeling your best. A 5 pound bag of almonds, or other trail mixes, cost no more than $9 and make perfect snack companions. Keep a 1/3 cup portion around at all times when the hunger strikes. By feeling less hungry when you tend to order out, you’ll have more energy to resist convenience food.
Make a dish once, and you’ll have meals for days! A package of pasta, a jar of sauce, frozen spinach, and a simple protein will make for a delicious entree (and will cost no more than $12; that’s $3 a meal)! Casserole, roasted meats, and fruit salads are just a few of the perfect leftover foods to have on hand.
Whether you love cooking or you fear it, everyone can easily make a delicious sandwich! Within minutes, you have a meal. Get sandwich savvy with this simple formula:
- Hearty bread
- Fragrant cheese (gouda, cheddar, muenster)
- Easy green (butter lettuce, arugula for spice)
- Protein (chickpea salad, rotisserie chicken, bacon)
- Sauce (mayonnaise to balance, dijon for spice)
Play with all different types of additions and discover your favorite flavors! Sandwiches are portable, filling, and full of flavor to satisfy any craving at meal time.