It’s National Nutrition Month! Check out these tips from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics on how to stretch your food dollar.

  1. Buy in Bulk When Items Go on Sale. Browse your grocery aisles for sale items and stock up on foods you can store in the pantry and freezer. Load your cart with non-perishables such as canned and bottled goods; dried beans and peas; whole-grain pastas, crackers and cereals; brown rice; tomato sauces and nut butters.
  2. Think Canned and Frozen. Canned and frozen foods can be less expensive than fresh and they’re great to have on hand when you run out of food in your refrigerator. And, don’t worry about compromising on nutrition, because fruits and vegetables are canned or frozen at their peak of nutrition and quality. Do watch out for high sodium content in canned goods. Crandall suggests looking for brands with “no salt added” or “reduced sodium.” Canned food is safe as long as the container isn’t swollen, damaged, rusted or dented
  3. Use a Slow Cooker. Meals from a slow cooker are hearty and filling, and they make the house smell good!
  4. Cook Meals in Large Batches, Then Freeze for Later. Batch cook and freeze meals over the weekend when you have more time. On weekdays, all you have to do is take a meal out of the freezer and simply reheat.
  5. Take Advantage of Loyalty Cards, Private Labels, Coupons, and Specials. If you haven’t signed up for your grocery store’s loyalty card, do it now. Sometimes sale prices only are valid with the loyalty card and you could miss out on big savings. Consider purchasing the private label (the kind with the store’s name) version of packaged foods — they are usually a better value than commercially branded items. Scan your newspaper and weekly store circulars for sales and coupons for items you regularly purchase.

Thanks, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for this helpful information.