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Learn How To: Save money by planning meals more carefully, Shop smart to save more, Eat well at your favorite restaurants while spending less, Skip the stores and grow your own herbs and vegetables at home, Prepare more than 100 low-cost recipes that fit into any budget and meal planning system.
Posted February 27, 2010
I have Type 1 diabetes and was looking to cut food costs without sacrificing nutrition. I ordered this book and was firstly disappointed to see that only half of the book was devoted to recipes. The first half covered principles of healthy eating and smart shopping. That's not really what I needed. So I was hoping I could at least get some use out of the recipes. I was wrong. The recipes seem to focus on high glycemic index foods that may cause more spikes in blood sugar. A suggested menu for breakfst was juice, a homemade cinnamon roll and fat free milk. The authors made a point of explaining that it's important to get good nutritional value for your money. When they listed a cup of diet soda in their sample menus costing the same as a cup of juice (17 cents), it seemed to contradict that philosophy (e.g. pay the same money for one food with a good nutrient content vs one with no nutritional value). Plus they seemed to focus on tea and coffee as mealtime beverages, both of which can interfere with iron absorption.
I can't remember the last time I was so disapointed in a book.
If you can find a copy, Jonni McCoy's "Miserly Meals" is a much better choice for healthy, budget meals. Nutrition analysis of the recipes is even included and she often uses more health conscious (but still budget) ingredients.
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Posted December 13, 2011
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