It’s a commonly believed myth that in order to eat healthy food, you need to spend a lot of money. Believe me, I bought into this too. And it’s not difficult to buy into that when you walk down the aisles of a grocery store and compare prices. But, it is possible to save money and still eat healthy. You just need to know where to shop.
Thank you to Whole Foods for sponsoring this conversation. While I was compensated for this post, that does not change my opinion.
Going back to school can be a pricey time of the year as a parent.
School supply lists that are seemingly never ending come pouring in and then there’s a matter of lunches if your child takes lunch to school. Sometimes, it seems, that we parents just can’t catch a break. And then if we want to go the healthier route? Forget it.
Or so it would seem, anyway.
We recently made our first visit to the local Whole Foods Market in Albany and boy was it an experience. I hadn’t been into a Whole Foods since we lived in California many years ago. But now that I know what it’s like at the store in Albany, I will definitely make a few more trips in the near future. I had a fairly good idea of what I wanted to buy but I still took my time to get familiar with the store.
When I go grocery shopping (and especially with a child), I make a list of ingredients so I’m not buying things I don’t need.
For this particular trip, I wanted to get items to make a family favorite (and toddler approved) Mac and Cheese along with a few things for an easy breakfast.
When we got home, I was able to put everything together for an easy lunch.
We absolutely love mac and cheese but I’m always looking for ways to make it a little more healthy. So this time around I added frozen chopped spinach and salmon.
It started with Whole Catch Alaskan salmon burgers in a pan. Once those started to cook a bit, I broke them up while on the back burner, I had a pot of water boiling for the mac and cheese.
Once the salmon was cooked, I added in a bag of frozen chopped spinach, butter, the cheese packets from two boxes of mac and cheese and milk. All from the 365 Everyday Value product line.
And once the shells were cooked, I mixed those in.
Salmon and Spinach Mac & Cheese
- Two boxes of mac and cheese
- 1 bag of frozen chopped spinach
- 4 frozen Salmon burgers
In a large pan, heat and cook the salmon burgers. Once they are hot, break them up in the pan.
While those are cooking, begin boiling water to cook the pasta
Once the salmon is cooked, add in the frozen chopped spinach
Let that cook for a bit and then add in the butter, cheese packets, and milk.
Cook the pasta according to the box directions and after draining, add into the salmon and spinach mixture
I absolutely love how this turned out and this just proves to me that yes, it is possible to save money and still eat healthy.