Here’s the trouble with the holidays: indulging in too many homemade, holiday treats – latkes, gelt, pecan pie, eggnog and the like – often results in no longer looking so svelte in the lovely argyle sweater Santa or the Hanukkah Armadillo brought for you.  And you know, eating healthy isn’t so bad.  What with Pink Berry, Tasti, the numerous sushi joints and the other healthy options Broadway offers, sticking to pretty healthy diet can be pretty easy for those who care to.  What’s not so easy, however, is maintaining a healthy-ish diet while maintaining a moderate-ish budget. 

On this chilly November night, the guys at Westside thought to keep the outdoor produce warm with flannel blankets! The picture above documents their attempts to keep their asparagus  and grapes relatively happy, if not frozen!

Everyone loves Soy Crisps, right? But when you’re stuck paying $3 for a bag that you could easily go through in one episode of Gossip Girl, those $.99 bags of Utz potato chips seem much more sensible.  For those short on cash, spending $3 for a cheesy and satisfying slice at Koronets often is a far more appealing dinner time option than spending $16 on a grilled salmon salad at Community. 

Such is the plight of the budget conscious eater. This Saturday, Bwog on a Budget headed to Westside, where we not only grooved to Carly Simon, but also found many nutritious and affordable products.  

So pleased with our purchases, Bwog thought to share the wealth – and the health! – with you.  Bwog is far from a certified dietician – really – but what’s on the list is relatively good for you and is certainly good for your wallet.  All purchases are under $3.

•    16 oz can of Casa Fiesta Fat Free Refried Beans: $1.89

•    Large bag of pre-washed Harvest Select Spinach: $2.40

•    Barilla Whole Wheat Spaghetti: $1.79

•    5 oz can of Bumble Bee Tuna: $2.19

•    ½ lb. red potatoes: $.50

•    ½ lb. yams: $.50

•    Damascus whole wheat pita: $1.99

•    26 oz bottle of Brad’s organic marinara sauce: $2.99