What are resource dollars, you ask?

Your resource dollars can be the cold, hard cash you work so hard for, or it can also be
CalFresh, known federally as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). This
July Edition is all about making both work harder for your household.
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Proper nutrition is essential for maintaining good health but can also help you stretch
your resource dollars. By making intelligent choices about what you eat and how you
prepare your meals, you can save money while still getting all the nutrients your body
needs.

One of the best ways to save money on food is to cook at home. By preparing your meals,
you can avoid the high costs of eating out and have more control over your ingredients.
This can be especially helpful if you’re trying to eat a healthy diet, as many restaurant
meals are high in calories, salt, and unhealthy fats.

You can use a few key strategies to save money when buying groceries. First, look for sales
and discounts on healthy foods like fresh fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole
grains. You can also save money by buying in bulk or choosing generic or store-brand
products instead of name-brand items.

Another way to stretch your resource dollars is to plan your meals ahead of time. This can
help you avoid impulse purchases and reduce food waste by using ingredients before they
spoil. You can also save money by incorporating leftovers into future meals.

In addition to being cost-effective, a healthy diet can also help you save money on
healthcare expenses. Eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains can reduce
your risk of chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. This can lower
healthcare costs and help you maintain good health in the long run.

Finally, it’s important to remember that proper nutrition doesn’t have to be expensive.
Many healthy, affordable foods can provide all the nutrients your body needs. Some
examples include beans, lentils, frozen fruits and vegetables, canned tuna, and brown rice.
By making intelligent choices about what you eat and how you prepare your meals, you
can stretch your resource dollars and maintain good health at the same time.

Remember, Planning is Key when stretching resource dollars while reducing food waste
and being good to our planet, and by following these tips, you can achieve more with less
and reach your goals without overspending. Remember, it’s not about how much you
spend but how effectively you use your available resources.

In conclusion, proper nutrition is essential for good health but can also help you save
money. You can stretch your resource dollars and achieve your nutritional goals by
cooking at home, looking for sales and discounts, planning your meals, and making
intelligent choices about what you eat.

Kelly Alarcon, Nutrition Educator with a BS in Nutrition and Food Science –
Nutrition and Dietetics, California State University, Long Beach, is passionate
about showing others the path to wellness through nutrition while reducing hunger
and food waste. https://www.linkedin.com/in/kelly-alarcon-194313220/