8 Affordable Ingredients To Have In Your Diet!
Living alone, having a busy schedule and trying to be fit are the three things you don’t want to happen concurrently.
It’s true that we make our favourite stews and soups over the weekend, but you don’t want to get stuck eating the same things all through the week. Living alone or with someone as busy as yourself means you rarely ever come back to a surprise pot of hot Jollof, or a frozen bowl of Egusi you ‘didn’t’ make over the weekend in the least.
If you look forward to having food at home after a long day at work, you have to find time to make it yourself. Especially when you are particular about what goes in the food you eat.
Having a busy schedule means this is always almost impossible. Because your reality is, after a long day at work, in as much as you crave a home-made delicious meal, you weigh the time and energy it would require. Then on your way home, you stop by the nearest fast food for some snack, because it never killed anyone and you cannot kill yourself by yourself! But truth is no one ever got that body by eating a lot flour and red meat.
We know the struggle you go through so this post advises on 8 food ingredients that are healthy, affordable, easy and quick to cook and can be made in several of ways.
Potatoes: These root crops are pretty high on carbs and are not for those on no-carb diets. However, for those of us just trying to eat right and loose some weight this is an amazing option. They are high in both potassium and vitamin C and can be made into several yummy meals.
Plantains: Our yummy banana’s twin. Nutritious and yummy, they provide the body with several vitamins and minerals with a significant level of iron, and are low on carbs. They can be made in different ways, and are suitable for breakfast, lunch, or dinner and even snacks. Plantains are easy and fast to cook. It is a must have if you don’t have the time and energy for all the ceremony involved in making complex or time-consuming meals.
Tomatoes: The nutritional benefits of these vegetable cannot be overemphasized. A good source of Vitamin C, Potassium, Folate and Vitamin K. Tomatoes have been found to improve the system’s immunity, prevent cancer and heart diseases. For the ladies, I also hear it keeps your skin glowing and your hair growing. Tomatoes can be made into beautiful stews and sauces. They can also be added to salads and even used as sides for meals. They are red and beautiful and would definitely make your refrigerator look more beautiful.
Chicken: Who doesn’t like a juicy and well seasoned piece of chicken? A very delicious source of protein. Whether you are frying, baking, grilling, stewing, boiling or even adding it to your gravy. This meat promises to turn up delicious and even add more flavor to your meal. Grilled chicken with the skin off is advised for a low-fat diet. White meat has been advised over red meat when trying to eat healthy as they are lower in cholesterol. Make sure to add this when next you are creating a list for your grocery shopping.
Eggs: A wonderful source of protein, contains healthy fats, and various vitamins and minerals, the white especially. The yolk however is said to be high in cholesterol. Eggs can be made in different forms and incorporated into numerous meals. They are also quite filling, and can be added to salads for those who never get satisfied from eating just vegetables. They are affordable and can keep for a while when stored properly.
Lettuce: This is a personal favourite. When it comes to salads, my ideal salad is every other ingredient on a bed of lots of lettuce! For some people its arugula, for some spinach. Lettuce is a very low priced vegetable and a source of several vitamins and minerals including calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin B6, C, A, E, and vitamin K. It can be made into a salad, a wrap, consumed as a side or even added to smoothies.
Carrots: This brightly coloured vegetable is a must-buy while shopping for groceries. Apart from adding colour to your refrigerator which it does exceptionally well, they are highly nutritional. Carrots are known to improve immunity, boost eye sight and regulate blood pressure. They provide the body with vitamin K, potassium and antioxidants, folate and contain a significant amount of fiber.
Pita bread: you would be a bit skeptical seeing ‘bread’ in a post about eating healthy, and your skepticism is valid. However, pita bread though containing carbohydrate would give your diet an effect you would very well appreciate. A flat bread, mostly made from left over dough of other pastries and breads. If consumed in properly, would help you more than harm you. Pita bread can me used to make delicious yet very nutritious wraps that wont conflict with eating healthy.
Onions: Because it takes every meal to another level. They are high in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. They are a constant must-have no matter what diet you are going on, or what you are trying to achieve with your meals.
Coconut oil: we are usually told how important it is to avoid oil consumption while trying to eat healthy, but we all know oil plays a significant part in making tasty meals. Coconut oil, not the most affordable oil there is, but its has been found to provide the body with healthy fat and even burn fat especially belly fat. Incorporating this into your diet in ordered manner can be of immense help to your healthy eating journey.
These ingredients mentioned above can be made into several delicious yet healthy meals. I have 10 at the top of my head as I write this post and I’m certain you can figure out some more. Hopefully after reading this post there will be no more eating one stew and soup all through the week and indulging in a reckless diet!