Frugalicious?

Posted by 13 November, 2008

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There is a new frugalicious e-book that was recently released by Fox, the writer of squawkfox.com. Fox totes quite the resume as she is in fact a 2 time Iron-man Triathlon finisher. She could’ve just put that in her “About” section and I would’ve been impressed. The title of the e-book is Frugal, Food & Fitness: How to get fit and fab without spending a fortune. Let’s dig in and see if this is frugalicious or not.

Part One

The first chapter of the e-book talks about “Stop Faking it! Eat Frugalicious Food”. She stresses not eating packaged, processed food found at grocery stores. She states that they not only increase your waist line, but they decrease the size of your wallet.

Fox’s Five Frugalicious Food Rules

  1. Ignore Fancy Labels and Boxes
  2. Avoid fancy healthy claims
  3. Avoid pronunciation problems
  4. Ask the Bugs – If the bugs won’t eat it, neither should you.
  5. Ask Your Grandmother

I agree with all of these rules. Basically, if there are a lot of ingredients and you don’t what they are or have a hard time pronouncing them, it probably is not very healthy.

Fox’s Fantastic Frugalicious Foods

  1. Dried Beans
  2. Quinoa
  3. Natural Peanut Butter
  4. Flax
  5. Quark
  6. Eggs
  7. Fruits
  8. Vegetables
  9. Lean Meats
  10. Steel Cut Oats

Ok. I’m going to plead ignorance on some of these foods. Here is what Wikipedia had to say about quinoa:

Unlike wheat or rice (which are low in lysine), quinoa contains a balanced set of essential amino acids for humans, making it an unusually complete protein source.[5] It is a good source of dietary fiber and phosphorus and is high in magnesium and iron. Quinoa is gluten free and considered easy to digest. Because of all these characteristics, quinoa is being considered as a possible crop in NASA’s Controlled Ecological Life Support System for long-duration manned spaceflights.

Wikipedia is not the end all be all source, but I think it’s certainly a good starting point for reference in some cases. In addition, if NASA is considering it as a possible crop for their ecological life support system for long-duration space flights, you may want to give it a consideration.

Why Soaking Dried Beans Can Change Your Life

This statement, while it may be a little overzealous, could in fact change a lot of your eating habits. My wife and I want to eat healthier, etc and this is one of the foods that many popular bloggers have often referred to such as Trent at The Simple Dollar.

She came up with a great list as to why dried beans rock, and may in fact rock your world.

1. Price

2. Sodium Free

3. Healthier

4. Tastier

5. Less Waste and Environmentally Friendly

6. More Variety and Selection

7. More Cooking Control

8. Bisphenol A (BPA)

9. Less Storage Space

10. Soaking Beans in Easy

I think out of this list, the biggest impact for my wife and I in eating dried beans would have is that we would be eating less sodium. I think my wife and I eat better than most people, but we still eat plenty of packaged foods and while they are organic or natural, they still contain a ton of sodium.

I know I’ve always been told that excess sodium or salt is bad for you, but I did not know why until I took a look at the American Heart Association website. They state that excess sodium or salt could potentially raise blood pressure for some individuals. Salt retains water. Excess water retained in your body can add strain to your heart causing your blood pressure to rise as stated on the “How Can I Lower My Blood Pressure” worksheet provided by the American Heart Association.

How to Soak and Cook Dried Beans

Fox goes into detail as to the various methods for soaking beans. I’m the first to admit that I’m not much of a cook and this all seems very easy even to me.

Printable Grocery List

The printable grocery list is one of the gems of this e-book. Linky. The printable grocery list can help in many ways. Here are a few according to Fox:

  • Save Big Bucks by curbing impulse food shopping
  • Save money by avoiding expensively packaged fake foods
  • Identify healthy, whole, and frugal foods on a single master list
  • Keep track of only the foods you need
  • Save time grocery shopping
  • Get slim, trim, and fit by not buying foods high in calories
  • Never forget another grocery item, ever again

Part 2

Lots of great recipes. I will show the breakfast foods because that’s my favorite meal of the day, but there are a lot of great recipes you should check out in this e-book!

Five Frugalicious Breakfasts

  1. Steel Cut Oatmeal with Apple
  2. Fresh Fruit
  3. Omelette with Beans
  4. Quinoa with Fruit
  5. Peanut Butter on Toast

These breakfast items all sound delicious to me, or should I say frugalicious.

Part 3

Getting fit shouldn’t cost you an arm and a leg. The act of burning calories is free to all of those who wish to get moving. To help get your motor running, muscles flexing, and calories burning, consider some of these affordable fitness activities.

Here is her list of activities that you can do without breaking the bank:

  1. Walking – Do you live close to your neighborhood grocery store. Why not try walking down there instead of taking your car. If that doesn’t work for you, try walking during your lunch break at work or walking your dog.
  2. Gardening – This is a great way to exercise and you can cut down on spending as well if you have a lawn mowing service. We hired a lawn service in the past, but now I do the mowing. This gets me outside moving around and we save $40 per month.
  3. Volunteering – This is one I did not think about before, but it makes sense. Fox suggests volunteering at a athletic event. I’ve been to a few triathlons lately as a spectator and it’s really inspiring to watch people accomplish so much.
  4. Biking – This is probably one of my favorite activities. This is definitely a low cost activity especially if you already have a bike in the garage. Why not go out for a spin on a Saturday morning?
  5. Swimming – You don’t need to have a fitness membership. Fox suggests that you go for a dip in a local community pool or lake.
  6. Take a Hike – This is probably my favorite form of exercising. It’s nice to be around nature and exercise all at the same time plus it’ll give you time to bond with any friends of family that may join.
  7. Rollerblading – Rollerblading is a ton of fun, but it is definitely something you want to ease into to avoid injury.
  8. Running – Running is a great form of exercise, but as Fox points out, “nothing sours running more than an ouchy sports injury”.
  9. Join a Team – Fox suggests that joining a team can help you in your quest for fitness. She suggests trying baseball, soccer, football, hockey, utlimate frisbee, beach volleyball, road racing, or softball.
  10. Play with Your Kids – Kids are always full of energy. Why not use that as an opportunity to get yourself and your kids some exercise while also bonding all at the same time.

Is this e-book frugalicious? I certainly think it is indeed frugalicious. Fox gives a lot of great tips for saving money while eating healthy, great recipes, and great tips on being fit. She is after all a two-time Iron Man Triathlon finisher so she knows what she’s talking about!

Go grab the e-book today!

Photo by TotalAldo

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Comments
November 13, 2008

You are fantastically frugalicious. I’m gobsmacked. So, does this mean you liked the ebook? I’ll link you to my review page. Love Love Love!

Posted by Squawkfox
November 13, 2008

The e-book was ok 🙂 In all honestly I thought it was well done and very helpful and I tried to reflect that in my review!
-HIB

Posted by HIB
November 14, 2008

quinoa is great, I use it as a substitute for rice or potatoes at meal time. It has a slightly nutty flavor and is a great change.
My partner has a lot of food allergies and quinoa is not one of them.

Posted by Richard McLaughlin
November 15, 2008

I love these ideas. One of my favorite snacks is just steel cut oats with water or almond milk, and sliced apples or bananas sprinkled with cinnamon and raisins. All cheap ingredients and all healthy. 🙂

I also love the idea of gardening, walking, and just plain old being frugal. 😀

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