Warm Winter Comfort Foods in Season

Cold weather is approaching.  Our bodies crave warm, hearty foods that make us feel warm from the inside out.  Below are some ways to enjoy quick and healthy food on a budget.

Eating healthy can be cheap. Try to use coupons.  Stock up on frozen vegetables or freeze your own fresh produce when there is a sale.  If choosing canned, rinse before use or choose no salt added.

Healthy cooking can be easy.  Keep canned and frozen vegetables stocked to make a fast food meal at home.  The time it takes to bake fish and sweet potato fries is about the same as cooking a frozen pizza.

Healthy Choices
Light, summer foods such as salads and sandwiches become winter soups and stir fry. Choose filling foods high in fiber.  Limit red meat to 12 ounces per week and choose lean cuts.  Use half the amount of meat in a recipe or go meatless.  Beans are cheaper, higher in fiber, and a low fat option!

What's in Season?
Produce in season is cheaper and fresher.  In Maryland, broccoli, turnips, spinach and pumpkins, sweet potatoes, and greens such as kale and collards are in season now.

Want to try a new recipe this winter season?  This Sweet Potato Crockpot Chili is a great choice! 

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