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January 10, 2013

How to Save Cash and Calories in 2013

The Hood Answer Mom, Elizabeth M. Ward, M.S., R.D.

It's January, and most of us are paying for the holidays in more ways than one. Overeating for the last month or so means you may need to trim some calories from your typical eating plan. The high price of holiday festivities may have you in a financial funk, and looking to save on grocery bills.

Forget about drastic New Year's resolutions. Here are some simple swaps to save cash and calories in 2013, and beyond.

One time a week:

• Make chili with half the meat and twice the beans.

Estimated yearly savings:
$105.00 (for a family of four)
4,264 calories, equal to about 1¼ pounds of body fat (per person)

• Replace half the meat in sauce for pasta with ½ cup pureed Hood Cottage Cheese.

Estimated yearly savings:
$107.00 (for a family of four)
5,250 calories, equal to about 1.5 pounds of body fat (per person)

Five times a week:

• Swap your microwavable oatmeal in a cup for a packet of flavored oatmeal.

Estimated yearly savings:
$375.00 (per person)
17,500 calories, equal to about 5 pounds of body fat

• Substitute ¼ cup raisins mixed with 1 teaspoon mini chocolate chips for a 2-ounce bag of plain chocolate drops.

Estimated yearly savings:
$274.00 (per person)
38,220 calories, equal to about 11 pounds of body fat

Every day:

• Swap one 12-ounce can of a sweetened beverage, such as soda, for tap water.

Estimated yearly savings:
51,100 calories, equal to about 14 pounds of body fat

Elizabeth M. Ward

Elizabeth M. Ward

Elizabeth M. Ward, M.S., R.D., is a writer, nutrition consultant, and mother of three. She is the author of several books, including MyPlate for Moms, How to Feed Yourself & Your Family Better and Expect the Best, Your Guide to Healthy Eating Before, During, & After Pregnancy . Ward is also a contributing writer for Muscle & Fitness Hers and Men's Fitness magazines.

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