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Navigating the Grocery Store Isle by Isle: Good Eats Equal Good Meats

Have you ever looked at your receipt after buying a few groceries items and found the cost to be overwhelming and stressful? Are you wondering what the solution is to live a healthy lifestyle and shop according to your own budget without overspending? This month I will be breaking down how you can shop smart without having to overspend. So you can continue to live and enjoy the journey of your healthy lifestyle!

Good Eats Equal Good Meats

What meats can I have and where do I buy them?  

When buying meat in bulk, whether it’s frozen or fresh, you want to look for meats that is 80-90% less fat.  This is what you call your lean meats, they are low in fat percentage and have a higher amount protein.  These tend to be your red meats, such as beef, but you can also find this percentage on chicken and turkey.  Seafood is another great choice that is low in calories and high in protein.   You can’t go wrong with indulging in a heartier fish and pairing it with your healthy side dishes!

Where do I shop for bulk meat?

You can find meats within your local grocery stores.  Some other places I like to check for sales is: Whole Foods, Costco’s or Sam’s Club.  Also, don’t forget to check local places like Farmer’s Markets or local butchers.  These are great places to get healthy meats, sometimes cheaper than you’ll find in a store!

How long do meats keep frozen?

If you’re buying meat in bulk then chances are you’re going to freeze it but if you don’t use it fast enough then it quickly can become a costly mistake.  Below is a break down of how long can meat be frozen without losing its taste and nutrition.

  • Ground Beef: 3-4 months
  • Beef, Veal, Lamb & Pork:
    • Steaks & Roasts: 6-12 months
    • Chops: 4-12 months
  • Chicken or Turkey: 9-12 months
  • Fish: 6 months
  • Scallops: 3 months
  • Shrimp:
    • Cooked: 2 months
    • Raw: 6 months
  • Shellfish (raw): 3 months

Remember to always thaw your meat in either the refrigerator over night or in a deep container of cold tap water.  Replacing the water every 30 minutes until thawed.  

Lean meat doesn’t have to be the wallet breaker we think it can be, with a little foresight and planning you waist and wallet will be happy!  What meats do you stock up on and how do you like to use them?  

Health & Wellness,
Charity


Healthy Tips:

Did you know that it is better to make your own coconut milk instead of buying it?!  There are a lot of chemicals within the can that the coconut milk is shipped in.  It does not make a difference whether the can may say “organic” on the labels.  The chemicals from the metal can still be harmful to the body.  Another great fact is that homemade coconut milk has the same nutrients as of when a woman is breast-feeding her child?!  That does not mean you should feed your baby coconut milk without a doctor’s permission or through a professional dietitian, but I wanted you to know that coconut milk, when home-made, is better for the body!

 

Coconut Milkhome made coconut milk

4 C Hot Boiling Water
2 ½ cups of unsweetened coconut Flakes

  1. In a blender pour unsweetened coconut flakes, slowly pour hot water in carefully so that it doesn’t splash (place a towel over the lid so it does not leak or splash while blending).  Blend until smooth and creamy about 30 seconds.
  2. Line a strainer with cheese cloth and place over a bowl.  Pour coconut mixture into the cheese cloth and let set so the pulp and milk separate.  Once it looks likes most of the liquid has filtered into the bowl, as the mixture is cooled, pick up the cheese cloth and squeeze out the rest of the liquids. The milk can be store in a mason jar or glass pitcher.
  3. Refrigerate and use throughout the week and enjoy!

Workout
3 to 4 rounds  

15 Box Jumps
10 Fly aways
12 Man makers
20 Burpees
10 Kettlebell hip thrusters and squat jump back
10 Kettlebell clings
12 Bent over rows

 

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