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Great Nutrition on a Limited Budget

By Donna Stark

It used to be that I always had the best intentions to purchase healthy items when I headed into the grocery store, but somewhere between parking my car and Aisle 4, those intentions seemed to slip away a bit. A couple of things caused this to happen; my children distracted me, I felt like I was spending too much of my time shopping, and the dollar signs kept adding up exponentially for every step I took. It didn’t take long for me to realize that I needed to leave my children at home and to look at the time spent as an investment in our health. And I also needed to learn that eating healthy didn’t have to cost a pretty penny.

Nutrition Doesn’t Have to Be Expensive

Preparing quality food and eating a nutritious diet is critical to your health and well-being. Without the right foods, your body and mind cannot function at an optimal level, but that doesn’t mean you have to choose debt over good health. There are plenty of options at the grocery store that are packed with nutrition and that will help to keep your grocery bill down. Here are a few of them.

  • Brown rice - An excellent source of fiber and protein, rich in minerals and vitamins, and can be used in a variety of ways
  • Oatmeal - Totally satisfying and filling, jam-packed with nutrients, and is a great source of fiber and protein
  • Produce - Bananas are typically the cheapest option but there are usually enough sales on other produce that you can stock up and freeze for later
  • Milk and water - The nutritional value to cost-ratio for milk and water simply can’t be ignored and is definitely the better choice over soda, juice, and flavored drinks
  • Peanut butter - Peanut butter is a great addition to your diet because it provides plenty of energy, satisfies your hunger, and is high in protein
  • Eggs - Nature’s perfect food, eggs are rich in protein and vitamins, are extremely inexpensive, and very versatile
  • Whole-grain pasta - More nutritious than regular pasta because it contains more fiber, calcium, and protein
  • Canned tuna - Makes a great sandwich and is a good source of essential nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and Vitamin D

Eating nutritiously and saving money can definitely be achieved with smart shopping choices, and a limited budget doesn’t mean you need to cut back on healthy food. You may need to take some time initially to find the right choices for you and your family and you may need to be willing to try new recipes, but the end result will be worth it … great health and massive savings.

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

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