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It has been a little over 6 weeks since you set that New Years resolution to eat healthier, and you may be struggling to stick with it. One area where you may be struggling is finding ways to eat those sweet indulgent treats while still staying on a budget. Today I was on News Channel 9's Bridge Street Program talking about this very topic, here are the items that I spoke about.
1.) Make your own soda.
Drinking Soda is one of the worst things for you when trying to lose weight, so you can make your own at home. Take 1/2 cup of Perrier sparkling water, add a splash of juice (I prefer pineapple juice). Add fresh fruit of your liking; I like to add orange slices and Drisoll's raspberries and smush them up a bit. This is a great non-alcoholic drink that looks pretty at a party too!
2.) Use berries for dessert.
Driscoll's Berries are my absolute favorite, they stay fresher longer in my opinion and taste the best! Purchase berries when they are on sale and either freeze them for smoothies, or make them into a compote to put over frozen waffles or into desserts. One way that I like to serve dessert with berries is to make a super easy Angel food cake one. Simply layer, angel food cake, then fat free chocolate pudding, then fat frre cool whip, then berries of your choice. This is always a hit and it is less calories than traditional desserts.
3.) Drink International Delight Light Iced Coffees to save calories and money at the coffee shop.
Those fancy coffee drinks at the coffee shop can not only cost you a lot of money, but they also are full of fat and calories. International Delight has come out with a new Light Iced Coffee which has 1/3 of the calories than their traditional Iced Coffee. This is a great way to get that needed caffeine without sacrificing your diet and budget.
There are frequently coupons out for International Delight Iced Coffee.
You can also use it to make Breakfast Smoothies and Parfaits! I featured a Caramel Macchiato Vanilla Parfait on Bridge Street today – you can find that recipe over on the International Delight Facebook Page. You can also win more coupons by playing their Board Games on Facebook – win coupons, recipes, and more!
4.) Substitute Milk Chocolate with Dark Chocolate.
My favorite dark chocolate is Olive and Sinclair make out of Nashville, TN. Dark chocolate has many noted health benefits like lowing cholesterol and is packed with antioxidants that have other heart healthy benefits. If you are not a huge fan of bananas or apples, dipping them in melted dark chocolate is a great way to get your fruit into your diet, plus get your sweets in 🙂
5.) Shop online for discounted organic and gluten/free goodies.
I do a lot of my grocery shopping online at Vitacost.com for gluten free food. Vitacost takes the cost out of healthy living by offering nearly 40,000 health and wellness products at up to 50% off retail. You can sign up for Vitacost.com here and get a coupon for $10.00 off a $30.00 order, this should get you some yummy healthy treats!
Vitacost just launched their BE ME boxes – There are three choices of boxes and each one costs $13.99 (filled with $70.00 worth of products). You can choose from a Be Well, Be Fit, or Be Pretty boxes. You can find more information about these great boxes on Vitacost.com.
What are your favorite healthy indulgences? How do you save money on them?