Real 'Value Meals' Com from Fresh Foods
The fast food industry popularized the term "value meal," meaning a sandwich, served with a side of French fries and a soda. The idea was to give the consumer a full meal at a single low price. But.. are you really getting the best deal?
The Perils of Fast Food
Fast food meals, burgers, fried chicken sandwiches, French fries, and sugary sodas are the staple foods of the drive-thru experience. Many of these meals contain more sodium, fat, and sugar in a single meal than an individual should consume in an entire day. In addition, fast food restaurants are out to turn a profit, not cook with the best ingredients possible. Organic meats and vegetables are impossible to find in a value meal. The fats that are used in frying are prized for their shelf stability and are chock full of bad fats.
Fresh Foods: The Best Value
Penny for penny, fresh foods deliver the best value for your food dollar. Fresh, organic fruits and vegetables deliver healthy fiber along with natural sugars and critical vitamins. Organic, grass-fed meats are rich in important nutrients like Omega-3 fats and CLA, conjugated linoleic acid, which are powerful healthy fats that support your entire body.
To stretch your food dollar, buy organic when the conventionally grown alternative is particularly pesticide laden, such as grapes, apples, and celery, and make the remainder of your selections conventionally grown. Hit your local farmers markets or store sales to stock up. If you find yourself with an overabundance of produce, make a delicious soup for dinner and place the remainder in individual containers to freeze. On your next busy night, you will be glad to have a homemade freezer meal ready to go.
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