I love Kashi products and their seven whole grain deliciousness. Their cereals, especially the new Kashi Golden Goodness, are a staple to most of my morning breakfasts. It’s no wonder that I landed on their website to look for recipe ideas using their products. I was reading an article with awesome tips on how stay well during the winter. Since I was going to have to prepare to embrace the New England winters again I though the article was fitting.
In the comment section someone posted that Kashi products were too expensive. At first I was very upset because it’s really not that expensive and I am also on an extremely fixed budget and I manage to buy Kashi products when they are on sale. But then I realzied…that use to be my mentality when it came to buying “healthier” products.
Let me give you an example; if Kashi was on sale for $2.99 for 6 cereal bars and Quaker was on sale for $1.99 for 10 bars, I would have bought the Quaker bars. But if you think about it, each Kashi bar is only .49 cents and is much better for you. It has fiber to keep you going and yummy whole grains. Quaker is getting better with their bars by making natural granola bars, but I still find Kashi to be the better choice.
This next example will lead me to my main point; milk. I’m lactose intolerant and milk tends to be cheaper than soymilk or almond milk. But think of it this way. Before I’ll buy the milk which is $1.79 versus $2.59 for soymilk for the same size, only .80 cents more. But then what? I’d have to spend $3.99 and up on lactase supplements just to feel better. In reality I just spent around $5.78 or more for the milk because I didn’t want to get the soymilk which would have cost $2.59 and no pills.
Eating healthier products is for the obvious; your health. It helps you save money on health care and medication. If you focus on eating a balanced diet, exercising, getting enough sleep and just taking overall better care of yourself, you won’t need to spend much money in the healthcare department. You’ll be more energetic, less sleepy, less stressed, etc. I use to have to take vitamins because I wasn’t getting enough from my old diet, but now I do and therefore don’t have to buy vitamins. I also found that eating a quality yogurt helps calm my heartburn and I don’t have to buy heartburn medication anymore, which was pretty expensive since mines is severe.
I can go on and on about this topic. Let’s just say that I save a lot of money in the health department by buying these seemingly “pricey” products. I don’t have to spend around $4.00 for lactase pills by buying soymilk, I don’t have to spend $15.00 on my heartburn medication and so forth. At least 19 extra bucks to my name.
Brown rice is only a few cents more than white rice. Last time I saw it was around .15 cents more for the mini size; .98 cents versus $1.13 cents. It’s really not that bad if you put it in perspective. I just bought a big bag of quinoa for $7.50 and it has 20 servings; that’s .37 cents per serving. It might seem expensive but when you break it down, it’s not. You are paying to live better and longer.
Short term you might think you’re not saving money but it the long run you will be much healthier and have less doctor visits and medical related bills. Getting plenty of rest and exercise and eating yummy nutritiously good for you food will have your body thanking you for living a healthy lifestyle.