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With the new year approaching rapidly most people are already reflecting on their health. The number one New Year’s Resolution each year is to live better. Most of the time the goals set towards living better are eating healthier and committing to more exercise. On my list of things to accomplish in 2016 is eating healthier – more often.
I love fruit and I love smoothies. Making smoothies is the easiest and fastest way for me to have a healthy breakfast. Cooking a full hearty breakfast during the work/school week is not going to happen.
Eating healthy has been associated with expensive eating but that is not always the case. There are many ways to cut costs on your grocery bill while still maintaining a balanced diet. One way I like to save when shopping is by buying in bulk. We have a large family and many items are hard to keep stocked in our kitchen.
Since I make smoothies regularly it is important to always have fruit on hand. I find the best deals when using my Sam’s Club membership to purchase large quantities on my favorite ingredients. The Sam’s Club Pharmacy has many of our healthy living needs. Saving money by shopping in bulk goes further than just on food. We also buy our oral care in the pharmacy when shopping at the club. Their Healthy Living Magazine, found at the pharmacy counter, is always filled with great tips for making better life choices and you can often find healthy recipes to try.
Our family can go through apples, halos and bananas as fast as water. Have you ever purchased berries while grocery shopping to only find they go bad before you finish eating the entire package? I’ve thrown out more berries than I would like to admit. I will purchase a package and rush home to unload the groceries, toss the plastic container of berries in the refrigerator planning to get to them the next day only to forget. Then within a couple of days they are wilted and we haven’t even eaten them yet. I’m always so mad at myself for forgetting to use them quickly.
The only way you save money when bulk shopping is if you actually eat the food. So now I buy in bulk and prep the fruit for my smoothies immediately.
When I get home from shopping at Sam’s Club, I tend to the package of strawberries I bought before putting them in the fridge.
First, I slice off the green leaves and any stem that is left.
After the strawberries are sliced I wash them. In the past we would just wash a hand full of strawberries at a time when we wanted to eat them straight from the refrigerator but now I try to get the prep work done all at once. It only takes a few minutes.
After slicing and washing all the strawberries I lay them out to dry.
To be ready for a healthy smoothie, I section the strawberries into snack size baggies for freezing. This way I can freeze the freshness into individual smoothie size bags. It helps make my mornings a breeze.
Once all the strawberries are bagged, they are ready to place in the freezer for storage.
By freezing the strawberries in smaller bags, I can open and dump into my NutriBullet each morning. With the strawberries being frozen it aids in keeping the smoothie nice and cold when blending.
I also freeze blueberries, raspberries and grapes the same way. I have not had the need to freeze my bananas only because they never last more than a few days in our home. I eat one banana each night before bed and the kids eat them in their cereal, plus my smoothies.
How will the Sam’s Club Pharmacy help you achieve your health goals for 2016?