I want to start out this post by admitting that my biggest issue in regards to saving money and eating healthy is a lack of time. Between classes, work, and extracurriculars my bad habits of eating out have been at an all time high this semester – definitely not good for my health or my wallet. Anyone else struggle with this? It sucks that unhealthy options always seem the easiest.
So… i’m on a mission to start meal prepping and share my journey. These meals will be healthy, easy, and yummy (of course). By meal prepping multiple options over the weekend, I will be set for the rest of the week and can feel good about making a healthier and more money conscious choice!
For part 1 of this journey, i’m starting out by making this delish spaghetti made with spaghetti squash and ground turkey. This has become one of my new favorite meals! It definitely doesn’t have the same texture or taste as normal spaghetti, but there is still plenty of flavor and to be honest I don’t miss the old spaghetti anymore.
Benefits of picking squash over pasta:
- One cup of squash has 42 calories compared to over 200 with regular cooked pasta
- Squash has 1/4th the amount of total carbohydrates in regular pasta
- Squash provides 9% of the daily intake of dietary fiber
- Squash provides 6% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin A (vitamin A is not in regular pasta unless made with a vegetable)
- Squash provides 7% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin C (regular past doesn’t have vitamin C)
Benefits of picking ground turkey over ground beef:
- 3 oz of ground turkey has 190 calories (beef has 248)
- 1 gram of fat in ground turkey (18 grams in beef)
- 55 milligrams of cholesterol in ground turkey (76 milligrams in beef)
- 26 grams of protein in ground turkey (20 grams in beef)
Making little switches like turkey instead of beef and squash instead of pasta is an easy way to make a difference in your diet! Once you commit to making the switch, you will feel much better and it will become easy to make the healthy choices!