Friday, December 23, 2011

How to Shop and Eat Frugally

 How to Shop and Eat Frugally

How to Shop and Eat Frugally

How to Shop and Eat Frugally

Raising a family can be tough. Especially during these trying economic times, being frugal is key to keeping the wolf away from the door. There are a few key things to consider when budgeting to provide for you and your children. Make your dollar stretch as much as you can, go green by recycling, reusing, and reinventing uses for items around the house, and stop any leaks to your income! Follow these tips and you’ll be set for frugal living!

 

Buy In  Bulk
 Buying items in bulk (that can be kept in storage for long periods of time without spoiling) is a big help. Yes, upfront cost may seem like a lot at first, but if you portion out staples such as rice, beans, and cereals, your daily costs per head goes down significantly. Look for items that are on sale. Frozen vegetables are good choices, as they are typically flash frozen. Make sure you have durable storage containers that won’t let air in to create food spoilage, and a working freezer. Spices and sauces are a must have, in order to dress up meals, to keep them flavorful and interesting.

 

Farmer & Markets
Farmer’s markets, flea markets, or swap-o-ramas are great places to score items for the kitchen, home, and the wardrobe! Make a game out of salvaging unique items at flea markets or thrift stores with your kids, and don’t forget to haggle. Teach your kids the value of investing in items such as wooden furniture that can be repainted, decorated, and last a longer time than prefabricated furniture made overseas for cheap at discount stores. Vendors at markets are apt to give a deal to a customer, especially the last day of selling, to get rid of merchandise. Farmer’s markets can be great places to find cheap organic vegetables, spices, and other items to fill your cupboard.

 

 

Avoid Fast Food
As tempting as it is, avoid fast food. Fast food can lead to getting you and your children hooked on addictive sugary drinks, fatty food, and eventually expensive doctor bills later in life, due to obesity, tooth decay, and other detrimental health problems. Try to buy more vegetables, and keep portion sizes small, but full of various colorful vegetables and spices. Pair with rice or noodles to make a filling meal. Drink lots of water throughout the day, as sugary drinks and fruit juices are more expensive, and leech nutrients from the body, weakening the immune system. If you can, make a mini garden with your kids, in order to grow some of your own food, teach your family about respect for nature, and lower your food bill costs.

 

 

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Reduce consumption by reusing glass containers to grow sprouts, organize buttons, make your own candle holders, or other uses. Old clothes can be turned into dust rags, quilts, pillows, or rugs. Turn off lights when they are not in use in the house. Wash dishes by hand instead of using a dishwasher. Cancel your cable subscription and avoid TV as much as you can. Save coupons and use them for higher priced items that you want. Keep clutter in the house to a minimum and only purchase what you need, and have a yard sale or donate unused items. Remember to be creative with decorating, meals, and spend time together with your family. Being frugal can be a learning experience to live more simply and naturally, and not getting caught up in blindly consuming short-lived items.

 

 

 

Tyra Tierra likes to write about recycling, traveling , and   visiting  Homeequityloan.net.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Low Carb Sandwiches

Healthy Sandwiches

Healthy Sandwiches

 

Low Carb Sandwiches

Sandwiches are a favorite amongst young and old, but recently they’ve received a bad reputation due to being unhealthy. With growing recognition of the counter-productive dieting properties of carbohydrates, sandwiches and other foods which contain bread are becoming less and less popular.

 

 

Despite popular misconceptions, sandwiches and bread can be enjoyed as part of a balanced and healthy diet. Carbohydrates do have their place in the modern diet; especially for when energy is needed towards the beginning of the day.

 

 

Use the tips below to create healthy and delicious sandwiches that can be consumed without guilt.

 

 

Bread

Most people know the benefits of brown bread over white bread; it is one of the easiest changes you can make to increase the nutritional benefits of your sandwiches. Brown bread uses less processed flour than white bread; this means it takes long to digest, keeping you fuller for longer. It is a complex carbohydrate, meaning it keeps your blood sugar levels steady, as opposed to white bread which can cause a large insulin spike, which is counterproductive for weight loss.

 

 

Light cheese:

Cheese is a great addition to sandwiches, but it is high in saturated fats, making it bad for a healthy diet. Although fine in moderation, using light spreadable cheeses instead of harder cheeses can make a massive difference to the overall fat content of your sandwiches. Use a thin layer of spreadable light cheese applied directly to the bread to add creaminess and depth of flavour to your sandwiches, without comprising the nutritional value.

 

 

Meat:

Cold cuts of meat are one of the most popular fillings, but some are much healthier than others. Avoid cured sausages and meats like salami. Anything that contains visible white flecks will usually be high in saturated fats. Choose meats that are low in fat such as chicken and turkey. Even ham and beef can be low in fat if you choose the right cuts. Trim any excess fat from the meat before you put it in your sandwich.

 

Spreads:

Avoid high sugar spreads such as chocolate, jam and preserves. Opt for organic peanut butter; it is high in health fats, low in unhealthy fats, and high in protein. Unlike some of the more processed peanut butters, organic peanut butter only contains peanuts and a small amount of palm oil. Peanut butter is an excellent energy source, and is even popular amongst body builders for its positive health properties.

 

 

Use the tips above to create healthy sandwiches than you can include in your daily, balanced diet. If you are concerned with carbohydrate intake, eat your sandwich in the first half of the day. This allows your body to use the carbs as energy, instead of storing them as fat!

 

 

Taylors of Oxford Sandwiches are known for their fresh ingredients, delicious flavors, and gourmet presentation. For more information, please visit their website: Taylors of Oxford.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Barbequing Tips

Gas Grills

Gas Grills

 

Barbequing Tips

People take a lot of pride in their barbecue routine, and they love to show it off. For true barbecue master’s, the fun doesn’t come from enjoying their own food. It’s more about putting a smile on their guest’s face while impressing them at the same time. Barbecue kings are more than happy to stand by their grill and feed everyone before they take a bite themselves. There is also a bit of healthy competition that keeps barbecue going as outdoor cooks constantly try to outdo each other. It results in wonderful experimentation and calculated risks that result in absolutely delicious food. In order to be a true barbecue master, you have to combine ingenuity along with traditional know-how in order to produce the best results. Here are five elements you should keep in mind so that your barbecue food will stand above everyone else’s.

 

Get the Best BBQ You Can Afford – let’s face it, a good barbecue is expensive. You can go for cheaper options but they are not always the best value in the overall scheme of things. Saving money on a cheaper grill could actually end up costing you more when you have to get repaired or replaced it completely. It’s far better to start off with a bang and save up enough money for a quality gas grill. Find something that combines power with the overall cooking space to give you ultimate performance. It’s not always easy to come up with a big budget on a high ticket item, but in most cases it will end up paying for itself over time.

 

Use the Freshest Ingredients – how many times do you show up to a barbecue only to find out they are serving frozen burgers? Unfortunately, this seems to be happening more often than ever, as a lazy trend in barbecue is growing. It’s far too easy these days to go down to your grocery store and pick up a bag of pre-flavored chicken wings. Some of them are even cooked already and only require warming on the grill. While it might be faster to use these elements, you’re really not getting your guests a true barbecue experience in any way. Make sure to use fresh ingredients at every turn and never settle for anything less than the best.

 

Slow Cooking – direct grilling gets a lot of attention in the barbecue world, and you can cook wonderful things like charbroiled steak and salmon. But if you happen to have a more modern grill, don’t forget it can effectively be turned into an outdoor oven. In many cases, you’ll get an effect better than your kitchen oven because of the added bonus of smoky flavor. Slow cooking requires a different skill set and you definitely have to be patient. You have to marinade your meat and then allow it to slow cook in your barbecue for several hours. You have to plan out your day so that you can constantly monitor your meat, but it’s always worth it in the end when you are rewarded with a perfectly roasted chicken, rack of ribs, or a scrumptious brisket.

 

Side Dishes – it’s not just about what comes off your gas grills!  Hearty side dishes are just as important in giving your guests and overall experience. They are a perfect way to balance out the pallet in addition to offering healthier choices as well. Side dishes ranging from coleslaw or potato salad will always be popular favorites. You can also add elements from other types of cuisines, and don’t be afraid to explore multicultural dishes as well. Side dishes are the best way to compliment everything cooked on your grill, and a full barbecue meal wouldn’t be complete without them.

 

Your Own BBQ Sauce – every true barbecue master has their own recipe for a secret barbecue sauce. It’s something that you hold dear to your heart and won’t share under any circumstances. You could rely on generic barbecue sauce quite easily, but the taste is never the same. And remember, it’s actually quite easy to prepare a barbecue sauce recipe even if you’ve never done it before. In many cases, you can with one up in under half an hour, and you’ll have a great sauce that will add another dimension to your home grilling.

This article comes to us from gasgrillsandbbq.com  where you can find more details on the best barbecue equipment for your home.

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