Do you wish to prepare tasty dishes without breaking the bank or compromising flavors? You won’t believe how easy it is to cook your favorite dishes using beloved ingredients from your pantry, especially when you organize the latter from time to time and when you plan a consistent and budget-friendly meal calendar for several weeks!
Winter is a season for comforting and hearty foods that are rich in carbohydrates, sugar, and creamy sauces. If you experience more hunger and strong cravings during winter, you are not alone. There are two main reasons you eat more in this season that could lead you to spend more money on grocery shopping as the days go by. Luckily, there are ways you can avoid breaking the bank during winter!
But first, why do we eat more in winter?
When you’re cold, you find comfort in eating your favorite foods. And as you eat more, you consume calories that convert into energy, and eventually warm up your body. Beware of eating sugary foods as they tend to increase and then drop your sugar levels, leaving you colder and hungrier than before.
Additionally, studies have shown that people who eat more and especially crave carbohydrates suffer from a deficiency in Vitamin D which is provided by the sun. So if you’re feeling hungrier in winter, it’s probably because you’re exposed to very little sunlight.
Now that we cleared the main reasons that trigger hunger during winter, here are tips you can benefit from to avoid overspending:
Tip Number 1: Set a smart budget:
Track how much money you spend on food and keep receipts. At the beginning of each month, calculate your expenses, and try not to include unnecessary items while writing your shopping list. You can do it manually, or simply download budget tracking apps that can calculate your income and expenses, and guard you against spending too much money.
Remember though. You should budget per month and plan meals per week. Try as much as possible not to exceed the monthly budget and use leftovers to create new and heartwarming meals that will keep you full and satisfied during cold days.
Tip Number 2: Look for economical and versatile products
When you go to the supermarket, look for low-cost products that you can smartly use to create mouthwatering comfort foods, especially during winter. Items such as California Garden Mushrooms are perfect for hearty soups and add a wonderful texture to pizza pasta bakes. On top of that, they make a wonderful substitute for chicken when you’re craving curry! And if you’re a mom on a budget, always look for healthy and ready to eat product such as California Garden Fava Beans Lebanese recipe. The latter is perfect for adding a creative twist to traditional dishes such as Kushari, without breaking the bank!
Tip Number 3: Check the pantry every week
Just as you would do when you’re planning for Ramadan, make sure you check the pantry throughout the year to avoid buying unnecessary products. The fewer times you need to go out, the more time you have to enjoy the coziness of your home on cold days!