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    Love Your Body by Fueling it Right

    Tip the Scales in your Favor: Good Nutrition can help your Waistline and your Wallet

    SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 5, 2012– - Nutrition experts agree—eating an extra 100 calories a day (or just one slice of bread) could result in 10 pounds of weight gain in a year.

    Good nutrition is key to staying fit, losing weight and helping prevent some health conditions down the road. Did you know it’s also healthy for your household budget?

    Eating well doesn’t have to mean forking over a lot of cash. Nutritious foods such as beans, apples, eggs, yogurt, potatoes, carrots and whole grains add substance to a meal, and often for pennies per-serving. Better nutrition starts with small changes, such as limiting junk food, reading food labels and cutting back on processed or packaged foods.

    “Don’t underestimate the power of a healthy diet,” said Karen Handy, MPH for Sutter affiliated Palo Alto Medical Foundation. “What we eat determines how we feel, and how we feel determines what we eat. There’s a common misconception that eating right is expensive, but it just takes some time and planning to arrange meals and stock a well-balanced pantry. Be mindful of portion sizes to make a dent in your waistline – not in your wallet.”

    Karen Handy’s Top Frugal Foodie Tips

    • Bring Back the Brown Bag – Something as simple as brown bagging your lunch instead of eating out can help you save around $1,000 a year. And you can better control your calorie intake throughout the day.
    • Give Leftovers a Makeover – Tonight’s leftover pork chops will go great in a stir fry tomorrow. That leftover baked chicken can be shredded over a salad or remade as enchiladas. Being adventurous with leftovers helps stretch your meals throughout the week.
    • Make it from Scratch – Prepared foods are convenient but also pricier than homemade meals. On-the-go foods such as hummus, salad and smoothies are easily (and more economically) made at home. Plus you can throw in some extra goodies (like calcium, protein or fiber) with ingredients you may already have in your kitchen.
    • Stock a Versatile Pantry – Keep a variety of whole grains, beans, legumes and other high-fiber, high-protein pantry staples on hand to help add bulk to your weeknight meals and address the ‘What’s for Dinner’ dilemma. Stocking up on Superfoods packs an extra nutritional punch.
    • Be Mindful of Portions – Taking stock of serving sizes with each meal can also help you save more for leftovers. Download our food logto help keep track.
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