The decision to lose weight may mean investing in a new lifestyle, which can be costly. Samantha Heller, a nutritionist from NYU Medical Center, talks about the price of getting thin and offers tips for saving money on your diet on The Early Show.
According to the USDA, the average family of four on a "moderate" cost plan (this is the second most expensive out of four spending categories: thrifty, low-cost, moderate, liberal) spends $150 to $180 per week on food. The individual woman spends $45, and food in a major city is more expensive. Taking into consideration standard of living increases, eating on a diet has a considerable price tag when compared to this average.
Heller featured two low-carbohydrate dishes and two low-fat dishes, and their lower-priced alternative.
Poached Salmon with Cucumber Dill Sauce, $5.99 to 10.99
Edamame Salad, $2.00 per pkg
Broiled Tomatoes, $1.29 to $2.99 per pound
Steamed Asparagus, $2.49 to $3.99 per pound
Source: "The South Beach Diet"
Tossed green salad with vinaigrette cream dressing
Source: "Dr. Atkins New Diet Book"
Beef broth may contain MSG, and it does not contain the same nutrient content.
Chicken Pepper Steak
Source: Weight Watchers
Prep Time: 15 Minutes Cook
Time: 30 Minutes
Ready in: 45 Minutes
"Chicken breast simmered with onion, bell pepper, tomatoes, soy sauce, and spices to be served with a rich, pepper steak style gravy. If you like the taste of pepper steak but really don't enjoy red meat, try it with chicken!"
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (approximately $4.50 per pound)
1 teaspoon seasoning salt
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1/2 cup soy sauce, divided
1 large onion, cut into long slices
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 1/2 cups water
1 green bell pepper, sliced
4 Roma (plum) tomatoes, seeded and chopped
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Season chicken with salt and onion powder, and place in skillet. Cook for about 5 to 7 minutes, then add the garlic, 4 tablespoons soy sauce and half of the sliced onion. Cook until chicken is no longer pink, and the juices run clear.
Dissolve cornstarch in water in a small bowl, and blend into the chicken mixture. Stir in 4 tablespoons soy sauce, bell pepper, tomatoes, and remaining onion. Simmer until gravy has reached desired consistency.
It will take about a couple of minutes to prepare the recipe if you are not familiar with it. And, there are several bones to remove, which are fairly identifiable.
Spicy Shrimp and Lobster Linguine
Yield: 6 servings
Source: "Weight Watchers Simply Delicious Winning Points Cookbook"
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 onions, chopped
6 garlic cloves, chopped
1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
1/4 cup dry red wine
2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano, or 2 teaspoons dried
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon coarse-ground black pepper
1 lobster tail (about 1/2 pound) - Frozen is approximately $14.99 per bag, fresh is approximately $26.00 per pound
1 pound large shrimp, peeled and de-veined - fresh shrimp range from approximately $8.00 per pound to $20.00 per pound
3/4 pound dried linguine
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
Heat oil in very large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, then add onions and garlic. Sauté 10 minutes until golden. Add tomatoes, wine, oregano, crushed pepper, salt, sugar and ground pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, 15 minutes until flavors are blended and sauce is slightly thickened.
Meanwhile, remove meat from lobster tail and cut it into 1/2-inch pieces. (To pry meat out, cut away soft undercover with scissors and ease away meat from shell with your fingers.) Add lobster and shrimp to sauce and simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes until just opaque.
Meanwhile, cook linguine according to package directions; drain and place in a large serving bowl. Toss at once with sauce and sprinkle with parsley.
Per serving: 7 points, 375 calories, 9 percent calories from fat, 25 grams protein, 58 grams carbohydrates, 5 grams total fiber, 4 grams total fat, 1 gram saturated fat, 98 milligrams cholesterol, 641 milligrams sodium.
If you use frozen and cooked shrimp, you may have to alter cooking instructions.