If you don't get enough sunshine (and we mostly don't, especially in northern/colder climates) mushrooms are a free resource. They absorb tremendous amounts of Vitamin D if the gills are exposed to sunlight for one to two days.
To get more of this important vitamin, leave your mushrooms out in the sun (with gill side facing up) for one to two days! They stop absorbing after two days and will retain the vitamin until you eat it.
Shiitake mushrooms are one of the best but any mushroom with gills will absorb the vitamin for you.
Source: Mother Earth News
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Recently, I was talking with a friend about the difficulty of feeding our growing families affordably but also in a healthy way. She was talking about the extra cost of buying and preparing "real food", meaning not processed and mostly from scratch. I started wondering if it is really more expensive?
Even with being frugal, you need to look at the big picture. For overall health and weight loss, you have to look at long term eating and not just immediate gratification. I shop at Aldi's every other week and our Aldi's has a produce section where the healthy treats would be as inexpensive as chips.
I am trying to change my eating habits. However, I have noticed that foods that are suppose to be healthy are very expensive. Foods like boneless chicken breast, salmon, fish, and shrimp can be very expensive when trying to feed your whole family. Do you have any suggestions?
A great tip I use for frugality healthy meals is: 1. When buying produce, try to buy items that can be frozen later on. . .
I think something you should keep in mind is the fact that just because foods are cheap (such as prepared foods) it doesn't mean they're going to be healthy.
www.vitacost.com is a fantastic site I just found out about. They offer a flat shipping and handling fee of $4.99, and have lots of healthy, organic foods available at a fraction of the cost found locally!
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I am desperately in need of losing weight. I am only 29 yet I have zero energy at all. I feel terrible. When I have money I do good with eating healthy because I can afford it.