Losing weight and saving money are two New Year's resolutions Americans return to again and again. These are abstract goals, so planning small action steps, say, signing up for a bootcamp class or having $50 from each paycheck directly transfer to savings, can help make these resolutions a reality. Another option to help you reach both of these goals? Visiting Whole Foods...Really! The natural and organic grocery is launching Bowls of Goodness, a program that teaches you how to make a easy and healthy breakfast for about $2 or a savory and satisfying lunch or dinner for about $4. Simply stock up on a few pantry items, spices and a bit of fresh produce and you'll have all you need for meals that will keep both your waistline and wallet happy. A few basics Whole Foods Market recommends keeping on-hand for quick fix recipes:
- Whole grains: brown rice, millet, quinoa, steel-cut oats, whole-wheat pasta
- Beans: black beans, chickpeas, lentils, white beans
- Colorful vegetables: avocado, bell pepper, corn, kale, spinach, sweet potato, zucchini
- Protein: bison, chicken, grass-fed beef, salmon, tofu
- Milk or non-dairy beverage: almond, hemp, rice, soy
- Fruit: fresh, frozen or dried
- Nuts and seeds: almonds, pecans, pumpkin seeds
- Herbs, spices and condiments: basil, cilantro, cinnamon, honey, hot sauce, nutmeg, parsley, oregano, salsa, vanilla
Here are a couple recipes to get you started. And click here for our top 10 budget-friendly grocery items!
Pomegranates are in season now—a smart money-saving move! (Photo courtesy of Whole Foods Market)
Spiced Apple Oats Serves 3
- 3 cups unsweetened almond milk
- 1 cup steel cut oats
- 1 to 2 apples (depending on size), diced
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- ½ cup pomegranate seeds
- Cinnamon to taste
- Bring the almond milk to a boil. Stir in the oats.
- Reduce heat to medium low and simmer about 20 minutes or until creamy and tender, stirring occasionally.
- Remove from the heat and stir in the diced apple and nutmeg.
- Serve topped with pomegranate seeds and a dash of cinnamon.
Tofu is an affordable protein option. (Photo courtesy of Whole Foods Market)
Noodle Bowl Serves 4
- 2 cups cooked whole-wheat pasta
- 1 cup cooked white beans
- 2 cups spinach, lightly steamed
- 1 cup zucchini roasted, or raw shredded
- Handful of fresh Italian herbs chopped (parsley, basil, oregano or any combination)
- Choice of grilled tofu, salmon or chicken
- For serving:
- Oil-free balsamic dressing, or plain balsamic for salad, or warm tomato sauce for entrée
- Chili flakes
- Your favorite olives, chopped
- Hot sauce (optional)
- Cook whole grain pasta according to package instructions. Divide pasta into bowls.
- Top with white beans, spinach and roasted zucchini and your choice of tofu, chicken or salmon, if using. Garnish with fresh herbs.
- Serve at the table with oil-free balsamic dressing or some of your favorite tomato sauce. Sprinkle with chili flakes and olives.
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