The Importance Of A Healthy Diet

We all need to eat, but it is important to consider what you are putting in your body.  A lot of people don’t worry about what they eat and their health until they start having  health issues.

The photo below is from a video a friend took of her basil plants.  They were both planted at the same time  The one on the right was planted in optimum healthy soil and the one on the left was planted in some older potting soil.  I feel this is a great representation of how important it is to consume the correct nutrients for optimum health.


It may seem like it costs more to purchase healthier foods but when consider what it may cost you in the future in both money and your health.  If you develop health issues that could have been prevented, you will likely have higher medical costs, prescription costs and lifestyle changes if your health issues restrict howyou can enjoy your life.  Some ways to save money on food purchases are to stock up when you find items on sale and shop when in season.  If you find a sale on meat, if your budget allows, purchase more than you need in the near future and freeze in meal sized portions. Sometimes, buying in larger quantities is less per pound than the smaller packages. For produce, it may be less expensive when it is in season or if you can buy locally from farmers markets and local growers. If you buy excess produce or grow your own in your garden, most can be preserved either by canning or freezing. Some of the things I have frozen to use in the future are berries (strawberries, raspberries and blueberries), peppers, onions and bananas.  For larger items cut into smaller pieces and freeze on a baking sheet for a couple of hours and then store in freezer bags.  If you have bananas that go bad before you can eat them, store in the freezer to use in smoothies or baking.  I have stored them both with the skin left on or peeled.

Healthy Hands Cooking classes can help kids and adults learn more about nutrition and easy healthy recipes.