Healthy eating does not have to be expensive. Some of the most nutritious foods you can eat are not costly. Here are several foods to add to your grocery list to prepare delicious meals throughout the week.
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- Black beans are protein packed. They are also a source of fiber, calcium, potassium, and folic acid. Buying dry black beans in bulk will save you the most money, allowing you to make a highly nutritious meal for about 50 cents.
- Almonds, known as a “superfood,” are an excellent source of potassium, calcium, vitamin E, magnesium, and iron.
- Peanuts in the shell are another low-cost, healthy nut. Whether in bulk or by the bag, they cost less than most nuts and offer plenty of protein and healthy fats. As a snack, they are an excellent salty alternative to unhealthy and relatively expensive potato chips.
- Lentils have more protein per pound than beef at a fraction of the cost – and you can even make them into patties for veggie burgers. They also make a tasty addition to any soup or stew and are overflowing with antioxidants.
- Cottage cheese is a snack that is not the first choice to eat for some people. Perhaps its lumpy looks are to blame. However, it could be time to give this protein-packed item a try. It is a good alternative to some yogurts that have a lot of added sugar, and also works well in pasta sauces.
- Popcorn can satisfy your snack cravings. It is a substantial source of fiber and low in calories. Make it on your stove using just a little bit of vegetable oil and then spices for taste.
- Canned tomatoes, whether whole or diced, are versatile, inexpensive, and nutritious. Use them to add flavor – and antioxidants – to homemade pasta sauces, stews, and soups. When possible, choose the sodium-free option for maximum health benefits.
- Beets are a bargain and are full of fiber, a wide variety of vitamins. Chop them up for salads or roast them with potatoes or other vegetables to create straightforward and delicious side dishes.
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