Healthy Food That's Super Affordable
By Sara Butler
Many people get caught in the trap of buying highly processed and unhealthy foods because they assume they're so much cheaper than some of the healthier options out there. But if you know what to look for, there are plenty of very healthy foods at your grocery store that won’t break the bank. Here are some very healthy foods that are inexpensive and incredibly nutritious!
Vegetables are a cornerstone of a healthy diet, and you can easily find delicious and inexpensive vegetables to add to your diet. Look at:
- Broccoli – You can buy an entire head of broccoli for less than $2 in most places and it’s a very nutrient dense food. It has a ton of antioxidants, Vitamin C, folate, and Vitamin K in just one cup.
- Onions – You can buy an entire bag of onions on the cheap, and they’re more nutritious than you may realize. They are full of antioxidants, Vitamin B6, and potassium.
- Bagged spinach – Spinach is affordable and full of Vitamin K, Vitamin A, folate, Vitamin C, and manganese, helping to reduce chronic inflammation and cell damage.
- Sweet potatoes – Sweet potatoes are great for you, and inexpensive to boot. They’re high in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B, potassium, and fiber. Plus they go well with just about anything!
- Canned tomatoes – Fresh tomatoes can be expensive, but canned tomatoes aren’t! One cup has a ton of Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin E, and other trace minerals.
Whole grains don’t have to break the bank. You should look for:
- Brown rice – Full of complex carbs, fiber, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese and Vitamin B, you can’t go wrong with brown rice instead of white. And it’s affordable.
- Oatmeal – You’ll get a healthy dose of iron, manganese, zinc, magnesium, and phosphorus with this inexpensive staple.
- Canned beans – Inexpensive and full of fiber, vitamins, and minerals, the only thing to watch out for is sodium content in these beans.
- Dried lentils – A bag of dried lentils is inexpensive and good for you. They have folate, iron, copper, and manganese as well as protein and fiber.
If you want to work with your budget but need fruit to satisfy your sweet tooth, then go for:
- Frozen berries
Meat can be expensive, but there are some healthy things out there that will definitely fit your budget. You should be on the lookout for:
- Canned fish such as tuna or salmon
So, try these foods and see how much they save you!
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