You should buy: Ingredients for Super Easy Chicken Stir Fry (1 lb. organic chicken breast ($8.39), 1 tbsp. of coconut oil ($10.50), half-cup of brown rice ($6), fresh squash and zucchini ($6), and a half tbsp. of ginger ($5) – All prices represent multiple servings. http://www.grasslandbeef.com/Categories.bok?category=Grassland+Poultry%3...
Price per meal: $6.61
Annual cost: $1,603
The difference: It’s true. Eating organic is more expensive—$1.74 a week more to be exact. By reducing your sodium intake, you reduce your risk of stroke and heart disease, as well as help maintain a healthy blood pressure. Also, this meal plan—though high in protein—closely follows the low glycemic index diet known to balance your blood sugar, burn more calories at rest and help you maintain a healthy weight. Pre-cook the meal on Sunday evening so you can enjoy multiple servings with little cook time http://bit.ly/PdnUTp. Search your car and couch cushions for that extra $1.74. It’ll be worth the effort to reduce your risk of long-term, serious illness.1
You buy: Drive-thru Sausage Biscuit because you’re running late ($1)
Initial cost: $1
Annual cost: $252
Impact: The dollar-menu appeal of items like a McDonald’s sausage biscuit revolve wholly around convenience. You know they aren’t good for you, but they cost one measly dollar, they cook and clean up for you and you don’t even have to get out of your car. The problem is—as always—in the nutrition facts. http://mcd.to/v0pTdD A single sausage biscuit contains 430 calories, 27 grams of fat, 34 grams of carbs, 11 grams of protein and 1,080 mg of sodium. Nothing about this heart-stopping breakfast option is smart, safe or even time-efficient.
You should buy: A dozen free-range eggs ($5)
Initial cost: $5
Annual cost: $210
The difference: Eggs are a wonderful source of protein (8-11 grams per egg) , which can give you the energy you need to get a jump on your day. They aren’t laden with snooze-inducing carbs or harmful sodium, and they can be cooked in a number of ways so you don’t tire of them as easily. The best part? You can scramble a pair of tasty eggs in less than five minutes—or about the exact same amount of time it takes to work your way through a crowded McDonald’s drive-thru line. Fast food isn’t all that fast, and it isn’t remotely healthy. Take it easy on your snooze button tomorrow morning. That extra three minutes could save your heart and blood vessels.
American athletes will surely find their place on the medal stand at the Olympics this year, but the rest of the citizenry needs to take pride in changing the international perception of the American public. This starts with our country’s atrocious nutritional habits that are dictated by convenience and laziness. You can make powerful changes without breaking the bank.