It’s good to eat healthy. In most cases, healthy foods save you money providing more energy to tackle your day-to-day activities as well as reducing your risk of disease. Given the preceding information then, what are the healthiest foods you can buy on a limited budget? Let’s look into some possibilities.
Some of the cheapest most nutritional foods can be found on your breakfast table. Oats are loaded with fiber and are known to lower cholesterol. They don’t break the bank either for providing hardy sustenance.
Eggs too can be eaten without hurting your pocketbook. They are high in protein and include antioxidants that boost one’s ocular health and reduce the effects of aging on the eyes.
Beans and lentils are also cheap sources of nutrition. They’re chock full of folate, potassium, iron and protein. They also reduce the risk of polyps that contribute to cancer of the colon. In addition, in one study, participants who ate 1 ½ cups of beans per day lost ten pounds in the first month. Therefore, they’re full of nutrition, are helpful in reducing colon cancer and keep a person slim and healthy all at the same time.
Another cheap food is canned salmon. This food is packed with omega-3s which contribute to reducing triglycerides and preventing the blood clots that can cause a heart attack. The American Heart Association recommends eating fish twice a week so it’s obviously beneficial to do so. Salmon does not possess the mercury of tuna and has more in the way of omega-3s so it’s the best choice to make.
Soup is another healthy food. Some people may say it has too much sodium to be considered healthy. If that’s the case, then there’s nothing to stop you from making your own soup by using a lower sodium brand of soup and adding some frozen vegetables. Researchers have found that those people who eat soup consume fewer calories and feel less hungry on the days they eat it than on other days when it’s not consumed. Therefore, soup can keep you from partaking in more expensive foods and help you maintain a lower food budget.
Potatoes are another cheap and healthy food. No doubt you want to bake them or roast them so they retain their healthy status. They contain Vitamin C and potassium and can be prepared in a number of healthful ways. Just forget about frying them and you can enjoy them in a variety of nutritious dishes.
Another good food for you that is extremely inexpensive is the banana. This potassium-rich food costs you around a dollar for a week’s supply.
Wild rice too is a food you can purchase for pennies on the dollar. This food is full of protein, fiber and complex carbohydrates as well as being low in fat. It’s a food that works well with beans, legumes and vegetables as a lunch or dinner entrée.
A good fruit to add to the list of cheapest healthy foods is the apple. Apples contain pectin which is a fiber that is helpful in reducing cholesterol. Not only that apples supply plenty of Vitamin C.
Nuts are cheap foods that contain Vitamin E, plenty of protein and essential fatty acids that aid in lowering the bad cholesterol LDL. Plus you don’t need to eat a lot to obtain the requisite nutrients thereby reducing your cost as well.
Any green leafy vegetable is a good cheap, nutritious food to add to your shopping list. Kale, for instance, is loaded with calcium and Vitamin C. You can buy most kinds of lettuce, spinach and similar vegetables for around $1.00 each time you shop.
Broccoli is another nutritious low-cost food item. It provides you with plenty in the way of vitamins A, C, calcium, potassium, fiber, folate and phytonutrients.
Whole grain pasta is a cheap staple that supplies you with B vitamins and protein and can be prepared in a number of various ways. It definitely should never be excluded from any cost-cutting list.
Yogurt is economical too and typically costs under a dollar. Plus it provides plenty of protein, calcium and vitamins A and D.
A bag of chips for $1.00 might seem like a good buy. But when you see how much you can purchase by choosing more wholesome selections, you will soon find out that nutritious foods are healthy for your pocketbook or wallet too.