Your Plan: Your Menu And Shopping List

Your plan, planning your menu and your shopping list at the same time has time and money saving benefits. You’ve determined the best place to shop. You’ve selected those sale items you will use to build your menu and your shopping list.

One fast an easy way to conquer menu and grocery list is to start with family favorites. If everyone loves spaghetti, what will you need to create it? List your ingredients. Remember prepared sauces cost more than DIY (Do It Yourself) but, if you don’t have hours to simmer your sauce and didn’t make it as you harvested your tomatoes during the summer to can or freeze, buy ready-made, but look for coupons to use for that purchase. If your store has a dollar isle as many do now, grab spaghetti pasta there. Continue down your list using your meal main course items and what you’ll serve with it. What you already have and what you will need, are there cheap or economical substitutes? For instance, cabbage can be substituted for sauerkraut in many recipes without losing flavor. Oleo verses butter? Think outside the container. Tomatoes you froze from last year can enhance and add body to soup rather than using canned soup that is loaded with salt. Substitute Wheaties cereal in meat loaf for salty crackers, adds fiber and nutrients and a delicious flavor.

If you can arrange your shopping list in the order in which you travel the store it will save you time and money. Remember browsing breaks budgets. If it’s a new store remember that they want you travel through aisles of impulse buys at eye level, go the outside route. The produce, dairy products and meats are always on the outside aisles. Next read the signs usually placed in the middle of the aisles above the shelves. Only visit those aisles that have something you need or want.

When you need fruits or vegetables, buy them in season if at all possible. Vegetables are becoming more universally available regardless of seasons with imports and growth technology. Fruits are still more dependent on seasons. Ask if you don’t know. Smaller grocery store owners are happy to tell you if something is a good seasonal bargain. Perhaps peaches from Colorado are in season now and a better buy than those shipped from distant shores. They can tell you that as well as what is in season at any given time.

Now, we have our store, our menu, our grocery list -coupons are our next step in our plan to live eating cheap and healthy.

Shop the Perimeter For Healthy Fare

When I was in the military, protecting the perimeter was important, critically vital to be more precise. Now, when entering a supermarket, the perimeter is equally important, but for far different reasons. If you want to load your shopping cart with foods that are healthy and will nourish your body and assist you with your health and fitness goals, not to mention provide more nutritional bang for your buck, stick to shopping the perimeter and spend little time in the middle isles.

Generally, the healthiest foods are found along the walls. Let’s look at what we find circling the perimeter of most supermarkets. The produce section, dairy case, meats and seafood are all normally found in the outlying regions of the market, while the inner isles tend to be dominated by things that come in boxes, bags, and cans. The more you can stick to fresh fruits and vegetables, low fat dairy products, and lean cuts of meat and seafood, the better. And healthier! The more you avoid the highly processed foods made with corn and soy by-products and chemicals that should be restricted to a chemistry lab, the better. And healthier!

Of the nutritious items you can load your cart with along the walls, nothing beats a variety of healthy fruits and vegetables. I’ve read different statistics, but all of them indicate that the majority of Americans consume less than the recommended amount of produce each day. It’s suggested that eating five servings of fruit and vegetables each day can lower the risks of coronary heart disease and stroke by twenty percent, versus those who eat three or fewer servings per day. A Harvard study of 110,000 men and women found that those who ate eight or more servings of fruit and vegetables a day were thirty percent less likely to have a heart attack or stroke than those who ate less than one and a half servings a day. Besides these benefits, eating more fruits and vegetables can lower your blood pressure, protect you eyes, and help you gain a more lean body. You may also find the essential antioxidants found in certain vegetables and nuts may help protect you from other sicknesses as well.

Just look at some of the nutritious and delicious foods you can find in the produce section: Romaine, Arugula, Watercress, Bok Choy, Endive, Spinich, Mustard Greens, Kohlrabi, Apples, Artichokes, Bananas, Beets, Bell Peppers, Carrots, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Garic, Eggplant, Kiwi, Onions, Lemons, Mangos, Pomegranates, Peaches, Pears, Watermelon, Berries of all kinds, Zucchini, Squash, Tomatoes, Potatoes, Mushrooms, Green Beans, Grapes, Cabbage, and much much more.

Once your cart is filled with a variety of colorful and tasty fruits and vegetables, you can finish your trip around the perimeter by selecting a few choice cuts of lean meats and seafood from the meat department. Be sure to select fish high in omega-3 fatty acids, but low in contaminants such as mercury. Wild Alaskan Salmon is one of the better selections, and there are many tasty ways to prepare this fish.

In the dairy case, look for lower fat yogurts, skim milk, and lower fat cheeses This is where you’ll find your eggs too, and newer studies have shown they are not as taboo as once believed. Eggs are a good source of protein and can belong in a healthy diet.

Sure, you’ll venture into the center isles for certain foods that you can’t live without. But if you spend most of your time, and most of your money, purchasing items found around the perimeter, you’ll find you are eating much healthier and you’ll gain all the benefits that come with such a diet.

Cozy Coffee Shops – The Secret of Florida

Coffee houses in Florida sell coffee of different flavors, spices, cream and blending mixtures. The cozy setting of Florida provides a unique and freshly brewed cup of coffee. Visitors are greeted with a wide selection of coffee houses that suits one’s preferences.

Boston Coffee House is in downtown DeLand and at Orange City. It is a comfortable yet attractive coffee house with a touch of colonial Boston. It is voted as Best Lunch Coffee Espresso and Best Coffeehouse in Florida. It offers many specialty coffees and drinks from rich Oreo lattes to sugar free carb-conscious.

Coffee varieties are Amaretto, Irish Cream, French Vanilla, Chocolate Raspberry, English Toffee, Dark Chocolate, Mudslide, Butter Pecan and Snickerdoodle.

Boston Coffee House also offers live music, function rooms, and lounges, along with a meeting room and internet access.

CafĂ© Demetrio offers a peak of the class and taste located in Miami. Demetrio and Vilama Pina started alongside the 18th century European style cafes (1920’s). It is divided into three: the patio, main dining room and the chess room.

The shop also offers European delicacies such as Linzertart, creme brulee, apple strudel, SacherTart, opera and tiramisu.

Visitors will enjoy “happy hour” for wines. They also have “hors d’ oeuvres” with chess matches, live music and free wireless internet access for free on the side.

They have gourmet coffee, iced gourmet coffee, drinks, salads, starters, dessert delights and gourmet sandwiches.

Island Flavors is located at the 49th street in St. Petersburg, providing rhythmic tropical and cheerful types of ambiance. The shop offers the finest choices of gourmet items and fruit drinks.

Island Flavors introduced some of the best tasting coffee like cappuccino, espresso, Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee and other flavored coffees.

Menus are of Caribbean surprises and traditional foods like Calyspo salads, sandwiches, conch fritters, veggies, chickens, drinks, sugar ‘n spice and tropical meat waves.

Kool Bean is a comfortable place overlooking the Pensacola beach. It is open for breakfast, for an enjoying hot or cold micro-roasted Bridgetown coffees, shakes, smoothies and energy drinks. High speed internet access makes surfing more pleasurable over a cup of coffee. The shop also offers hand-dipped ice creams, bagels and some homemade desserts.

Nightswan Coffee Bar is located at New Symyra Beach, savoring great tasting mocha, cappuccino, espresso and flavored hot or iced coffees. The place is a satisfying historical setting overlooking the waters. Enjoy roasted java by their porch, dining room or in a parlor for Nightswan Bed and Breakfast.

The Pie Factory is the home of Toucan’s coffee that specialized delicious desserts. Colorful Key West environment sets the shops apart among others. It offers 35 pie types such as apple, pecan, peach and French silk. Varieties of cakes, muffins, cookies and assorted pastries serve with coffee. Key lime pie is best loved. Salads, sandwiches and soups are available for a delectable delight. It is handled by generations, for about 100 years and more.

Coffee fanatics can never be sorry with these cozy coffee shops and houses. Florida coffee shops have different styles as well as coffee blends, satisfying one’s personal coffee favorites.