When health and money values conflict…

I just hate it when my values conflict with each other. I like to eat healthy and inexpensively. Sometimes it’s easy, like buying fruits and vegetables, grains, and lean meats at the grocery and making simple, great tasting meals my way, instead of paying extra for convenience meals.

But sometimes it is hard. Why are the big bags, value meals, Big Gulp, Big Grab, Big Mac the best value (in the sense you get more for your money)? Why can’t a salad and a bottle of water be made into a value meal? Why do I have to buy a kid’s meal to get a healthy portion and a lower price?

Part of the reason so many of us struggle with weight issues is that you can buy sugared and salty snacks and candy so many places, and the size of the packages just continue to grow. Yes, the larger sizes cost more, but we are getting more, so we think it is a bargain. Then we eat the whole thing and get excess calories.

It’s the same conflict with the 100-calorie snack packs. My eating healthy value says that’s the way to go, but my eating inexpensively value reminds me that I am paying more.

So what’s the answer? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this issue and your solutions to this dilemma.

-pointers from Peggy

100-Calorie Snacks…Convenience vs. Cost

100-calorie snack packs are a temptation when I am trying to keep my calories under control…I’m tempted because they are convenient, but I always balk at the price. Plus, most of them are higher in sugar and fat than I usually eat. Try these delicious 100-calorie options instead!

2 cups raspberries

28 grapes

1 cup blueberries

1 cup mango chunks

½ medium cantaloupe

15 strawberries dipped in 1⁄4 cup Cool Whip Lite

45 steamed edamame (green soybeans)

½ red bell pepper dipped in 3 tablespoons hummus

½ cup low-fat cottage cheese with 5 strawberries

29 pistachios

5 Nabisco Nilla Wafers

-pointers by Peggy

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