Cheap Foods That Are Super Healthy
By Sara Butler
There seems to be a misconception out there that eating healthy is expensive. While it can get expensive to buy certain foods as a part of a healthy eating plan, not all foods that are good for you are pricey. In fact, there is a long list of foods that are incredibly good for your body as well as your bank account. Here are just a few.
You can find dried lentils in the bulk section of most markets for about 20 cents per one-cup serving. Lentils are good for you because they're high in protein and fiber - an excellent combination for heart health. They also are easier to cook than beans, another low-cost staple, because they don't have to be soaked in preparation. Simply cook them up in as little as 15 minutes as a part of your meal.
You know where to find the oats in the store -- right in the cereal aisle! This grain breaks down to about 10 cents per serving, which is about one-third cup dry. Oats are great because they're full of soluble fiber. This type of fiber can help to lower your levels of bad cholesterol. As long as you stay clear of flavored oatmeal in packets, then you're good to go for a quick morning meal.
Bags of tea only come out to about 10 cents per bag, which isn't expensive considering all the benefits tea provides to your health. Green or black tea is full of antioxidants that can help to promote a healthy heart as well as support a healthy immune system. Researchers have found that people who drink at least 12 ounces of tea per day are less likely to have a heart attack than non-tea drinkers.
Oranges can be purchased for about 34 cents per orange, making this an inexpensive health food that you don't want to miss out on! One medium orange provides enough Vitamin C to meet your daily requirements. Plus, they're full of fiber and low in calories. Their prices tend to dip in the winter when they're in season, so stock up!
You can buy a dozen eggs for very little money, about 17 cents per egg. Eggs may seem little, but they are nutritionally mighty! The egg whites provide you with filling protein while the yolks are full of xeanthinin, lutein, and Vitamin D, which work together to keep your eyes healthy.
Eating healthy doesn't have to be expensive. Explore these healthy foods and keep your bank account as balanced as your diet.
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