Mommy and Child classes and Eating Healthy on a Budget

Hello!

You may have noticed that I didn’t post a workout journal on Friday. I felt like those posts were a little dull, so I won’t be posting anything that is just workouts for a while. I will give you a little update on my progress though. I’ve been plugging along with my P90X schedule, but the running hasn’t happened since my asthma attack. I’m planning on getting out for a run tomorrow. I’m a bit nervous about it. My lungs are feeling back to normal, but I’m still dealing with Texas allergies. Yuck!

I’ve also been busy with a class that I’ve been taking through our school district with my preschooler. It is basically a parenting class that helps equip moms (and dads) to prepare their 3-5 year old children for success at school. We have weekly assignments that we do each class that are either done on our own for our children’s use or with our children. Most can be modified for older siblings as well. Tonight I will be making dream catchers with my older 2 children like the one my little guy and I made in our class together. Another assignment we had was to make a picture of something they like with their name in the upper portion of the picture. I really have very little artistic ability (even though I desperately would love some more), but here is what I came up with:

Nathaniel's Train

 

Yes, those are Texas wildflowers at the bottom. I am not sure how to rotate the picture using our new scanner (I guess my husband better help me with that next time), so I guess you just get a free neck stretch. Sorry!

 

As usual, we are saving money for something upcoming. This time, it is vacation.I’m guessing, like me, you don’t have one of these growing in your back yard:

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If you do happen to have one, might I inquire where to find another like it?

Ahem! Anyway, most of our expenses are not flexible, like rent, utilities, phone bill, etc. BUT, one area where I have some flexibility is our grocery budget.

The best way for us to save money on food is to eat at home as often as possible. For a while, on Wednesday nights, I would go to Whole Foods and make myself a delicious salad from their salad/hot bar and then go to church where the kids would get a Chic-fil-a meal. Just that one meal alone though was costing us almost $30. YIKES! So, much to my children’s displeasure, we are eating at home before church on Wednesday nights. The reward though is going to be great! The money we are saving just on Wednesday nights is going to be used to go play mini-golf in the Outer Banks one night while we are on vacation. When the kids get bummed about no chicken sandwiches, I remind them of the goal: MINI-GOLF! That usually perks them right up!

I also came up with this list of budget-friendly foods that fit nicely into a healthy lifestyle. Please feel free to add your ideas to my list in the comments section.

 

Protein

Beans

Chicken

Tuna

Nuts

Nut Butters

Canned Salmon

Greek Yogurt (the fat-free has more protein and makes a great substitute for sour cream)

Sardines

Eggs

Chicken Broth (free if you make it yourself)

 

Healthy Fat

Avocados

Coconut Oil

Olive Oil

Nuts

Nut Butters

Sardines

 

Carbs

Beans

Rice

Potatoes

Oats

Apples

Bananas

Tortillas

Popcorn

Pumpkin (canned or make your own)

 

Veggies

Carrots

Celery

Frozen Veggies

Broccoli

Beets

Spinach

Cabbage

Cucumbers

Radishes

Green Beans

Eggplant

Asparagus

Salad Greens (Spinach, Kale, Romaine, etc.)

 

I hope you find this list helpful when planning your meals. Again, please feel free to add to this list and let me know your addition in the comments.

 

 

[Linking up with Women Helping Women via Teaching What is Good.]

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