Grocery Costs Spur Consumers to Seek More Nutrition for their Dollars
(ARA) - Skyrocketing gas prices and escalating grocery costs have put getting more for a dollar top-of-mind for many consumers. Many Americans are tailoring their grocery shopping lists to ensure they get more bang for their buck. That means purchasing items that provide the best nutritional punch for their value.
Luxury items like prepackaged or single serve meals are giving way to items that can stretch the food dollar and function as more than one meal. Hard-working staples such as bread, pasta and eggs are moving to the top of the grocery list.
Budget-conscious families know that when shopping for food, they need items that provide value in both cost and nutrition. For about 17 cents, one egg provides varying amounts of 13 essential vitamins and minerals, contains the highest-quality protein of any food, and has 72 calories.
A dozen eggs costs approximately $2 and can be served morning, noon or night. For a family of four, a dozen eggs can turn into a protein source for two or three meals. Eggs also have a long shelf life. In fact, eggs can be kept refrigerated for up to four weeks after purchase.
Here's a price/nutrition comparison of common protein foods:
2 Percent Milk:
Skinless Chicken Breast:
90 Percent Lean Ground Beef
Boneless Pork Chop
Beef Round Roast (USDA Choice, Boneless)
Try this value-conscious recipe that will still leave you with six eggs that you can serve another day -- as breakfast, lunch or dinner.
For more recipes or information on eggs, visit www.incredibleegg.org.
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