So many people these days believe that eating healthy is expensive, but that is as false as a piece of information can get. Good food used to be expensive decades ago, but that’s no longer the case. Today, you can live well, eat well and stay healthy with little money. Just take a look at some zucchini recipes for the summer and you’ll see that eating delicious food doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. The secret is to buy food that is not processed or is as minimally processed as possible. Also, you’ll save a lot of money if you do your own cooking. So, let’s take a look at 10 best healthy cheap foods!
Lentils are cheap as dirt and extremely versatile and delicious. You can have a refreshing lentil and tomato salad one day, lentil soup, the other, some nice oven lentils and the list could go on. When in doubt, take out some lentils from your cupboard and go online to get inspired for some healthy recipes.
We’re not here to tell you that fish is great for your health, because everybody knows that! We’re here to tell you that you can eat great food on a budget. For example, canned tuna costs about 62 cents per serving and it’s rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which will lower your cholesterol and control your blood pressure. Choose tuna in water, rather than in oil.
The banana is one of the most delicious and nutritious fruits in the world. It costs around 40 cents and the reason why they’re so cheap is that they’re always available, no matter the season. Bananas are a great source or potassium and finer and it’s a great medicine for an upset stomach. To be honest, it’s a superfood!
Brown rice is not only cheap and healthy, but it’s much more delicious than white rice. Brown rice actually tastes like rice, as opposed to white rice which is probably one of the blandest foods in the world. Brown rice also have more fiber than white rice and loads of magnesium and zinc. The only downside is that you need to cook it a bit longer than you would white rice.
Of course that any doctor will tell you that nothing beats fresh produce, but unfortunately you can’t always find fresh green beans or peas. Or you can and it will cost you a lot. Frozen vegetables are just as nutritious as fresh one and they cost around 25 cents per serving. Make sure to buy in bulk if you really want to save money. They’ll last up to one year in the freezer.
Fiber is known to lower your risk of developing heart disease, diabetes and it also helps with digestion. Whole wheat pasta has three times more fiber that pasta made from white flour. It also tastes much better and it is just as cheap as regular pasta. If you want to keep things cheap, make your own sauce, because grocery-store sauce can be quite expensive.
How many people eat sweet potatoes only for Thanksgiving? Too many people, that’s for sure. It’s a shame because sweet potatoes are low in calories, loaded with calcium, potassium, vitamin C and A and they’re also cheap. Make sure you eat them every week. There you have it, one for the best healthy cheap foods out there!
So many things (good and bad) have been said about eggs over the year, but no matter what anyone says, eggs will continue to be a staple food. No, they’re not cholesterol bombs and eating two boiled or poached eggs every day won’t increase your risk of developing heart disease. Eggs are also cheap and if you don’t fry them, really healthy. What is your favorite way to cook eggs?
Beans are awesome! They’re cheap, healthy and delicious! What more would you want from a food? They have protein, fibers and healthy dietary fat. Buy them in bulk to have in your pantry all year round. Don’t know what to do with them? Make a bean soup, a salad or some mean chili!
Did you know that the cooking process will make the tomatoes’ nutrients be more easily absorbed by your body? Cooked tomatoes will make the body absorb more lycopene and vitamin A and C. Canned tomatoes are also quite cheap and will cook fast, which means that in 15 minutes, you can make a delicious and healthy meal for you and your family.
Even better, if you combine lycopene with a small amount of fat — say, olive oil — absorption is even better. So go ahead and have Italian tonight. Don’t forget the whole-wheat pasta.
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