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Untrendy Foods that Belong in Your Kitchen

By Sara Butler

Just as almost everything else in the world, nutrition has fads. Chia seeds, kale, and quinoa have all had their chance in the limelight. While these foods aren’t bad for you, sometimes a food fad can cause prices to soar, making it difficult to keep these foods on hand. If you’re interested in healthy eating but also want to keep an eye on your budget, then there are some untrendy foods you should keep stocked in your kitchen that are both good for you and inexpensive.

Apples

An apple a day really can keep the doctor away -- that’s not just an old wives’ tale. Apples are full of important minerals, vitamins, and fiber your body needs to be healthy. The skins are also rich in the phytochemical quercetin, a powerful anti-inflammatory. Apples have also been linked to a lower risk of asthma, Alzheimer’s disease, and cardiovascular disease.

Artichokes

These funny green vegetables are full of manganese, niacin, Vitamin C, potassium, and magnesium. They’re low in calories but high in fiber, also rich in antioxidants that help protect your cells from the damage caused by free radicals.

Cabbage

Cabbage is an often-overlooked vegetable, but it’s very inexpensive and full of important vitamins and minerals for your health. In fact, it has a lot of Vitamin K that helps your body to clot blood normally as well as good amounts of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B, and Vitamin E. It also happens to be very low in calories, so you can go to town on a head of cabbage when you’re really hungry!

Onions

The flavonoids and sulfur compounds in onions can help your body to fight off chronic inflammation. Using this vegetable liberally is also a great way to reduce salt intake since it adds to the flavor of the food without adding sodium. Just be careful to choose dried for fresh onions, since mixes containing onions usually have quite a bit of added sodium.

Oranges

You may associate oranges mostly with the juice consumed at breakfast, but oranges all by themselves happen to be really good for you. You probably already know they’re high in Vitamin C, but they’re also high in fiber, potassium, and folate. Just make sure to eat the whole orange (without the peel, of course) in order to take advantage of all that fiber.

Add these foods to your next shopping list for a punch of nutrition that won't break the bank!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Riverside, Calif.

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