Budget Friendly

Adopting a healthy lifestyle tends to be the most popular goal during the month of January thanks to New Years Resolutions, sales on swim suits and the booking of Spring Break trips. Maintaining this new lifestyle can be difficult, especially due how expensive it can be. But, there are countless ways to balance out living a healthy life and managing a healthy bank account. All you need is a little bit of creativity and these helpful tips….

Snacking Often

Eating multiple, small meals throughout the day gets your metabolism moving. This means lots of mindful snacking! Eating more frequently may sound like it could put a dent in your wallet, but there are a ton of inexpensive snacks that are both filling and nutritious.

  • Bananas- packed with potassium and fiber
  • Carrots- full of Vitamin A
  • Non-fat Greek Yogurt- loaded with calcium and protein
  • Nuts- great source of protein and omega-3 (when sticking to appropriate serving sizes, can be inexpensive!)
  • Beans & Brown Rice- high in fiber, manganese and protein

Working Out

Some gym memberships can be pretty costly. Luckily, during the month of January, most gyms have discounted memberships. If the gym closest to you isn’t in your budget, make your own!

  • Chair- Use the edge of a sturdy chair to do tricep dips
  • Stairs- Great for running on or doing calf raises (especially with dumbbells or canned goods in hand)
  • Floor- Get down and do yoga, planks, crunches, push-ups, 6-inches, mountain climbers or even Supermans
  • Wall- Utilize your wall for wall sits


There are so many ways to live a healthy lifestyle, even if you’re on a budget. All you need is some creativity and an open mind!


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Your Waistline Will Give You Thanks

Thanksgiving is the one day out of the year that we convince ourselves over-indulging in countless rounds of the holiday spread, becoming one with the couch and football game on TV and then posting pictures of the act on every social media site possible is acceptable. But it seems as though no matter how many helpings you and those twenty-five relatives dig into during time-outs or commercial breaks, a dent isn’t even made in the dishes. So, what are you to do with all of those leftovers without wasting food or putting your waistline and metabolism to the test? Below are a handful of recipes that allow you to enjoy the holiday feast days after- without feeling guilty.

Medical Daily’s webpage offers a new way to approach those turkey sandwiches… turkey and tomato paninis.

Women’s Health Magazine provides there’s no harm done in combining small portions of the leftovers with healthier items- like using stuffing instead of breadcrumbs with lean turkey or chicken for meatballs or meatloaf.

Leftovers for breakfast? The “Health” section in Boston Magazine explains how to make healthy cranberry oatmeal and sweet potato pancakes.

With these easy recipes, your refrigerator can be cleared without relying on an elastic-waistband wardrobe!


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