Dieticians recommend ways to eat healthy on a budget

With food prices on the rise, it might be tempting to skip eating healthy and eat cheap instead.

On Thursday night in Niles, two registered dieticians explained why this is a bad idea.

At a free menu planning workshop, the dieticians cited rising rates of obesity and diabetes as reasons to eat healthy.

Picking healthier foods normally requires a little homework, but they did offer tricks that work in a pinch.

“Choose a simple recipe and build around that one main dish. Think about foods that go with it for color. Bright colors and contrast of textures, and if you do that with food that's grown, you're likely to have a balanced menu.”

In addition to a colorful plate, they suggest meat portions no bigger than the palm of your hand, adding beans or whole grains, and choosing unprocessed food.

If you are on a tight budget, try pasta with vegetables, stir-fry, or beans and rice.

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