Principles of Nutrition

Eating healthy can be difficult to do when you're on a budget; but there is a way that you can buy all of your favorite foods without sacrificing your health for your check book.

Nutritionists say the principles for healthy eating remain the same whether you're on a budget or not.

They suggest fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, whole grains, and low fat dairy products.

BSA's Clinical Nutrition Manager Micah Monk says when on a budget people "can choose cheaper items like eggs for lean protein or beans."

Canned meats are also a good source as long as they are low in sodium.

She says, "They have to have low salt to be considered a healthy item."

But an economic crisis can trigger people to seek out comfort foods instead of healthy snacks.

A study from the Nutrition Sciences program at the University of Washington in Seattle says obesity is a toxic result of a failing economic environment.

Monk Agrees stating, "In any kind of crisis economic or otherwise people tend to turn to food for emotional eating and for emotional well being.  That means eating certain foods like carbohydrates which have a tendency to increase mood."

She says cakes, cookies, and pies, need to be watched, limited and eaten only in moderation.

Finally, Monk wants you to remember to eat snacks sparingly, stay away from foods that have added salt or heavy syrup, and to choose items that follow the healthy eating principles.