Healthy Eating for Less

Here are some excerpts, from an article posted to The World’s Healthiest Foods. It is full of healthy food suggestions on a budget.

As many people scrutinize their investments, it’s important to not overlook one of our most important investments, our health. Diet can play an integral role in long-term health-let alone the level of energy and vitality we feel in the present-so it’s important to not give up healthy eating for fear that it costs too much to do so. When people think of healthy eating, they think that it costs much more than convenience and fast food. Yet, you can definitely eat well, with respect for your pleasure and health, while treating your wallet well and with respect.

The following are some tips we created that will help you to lower your food costs without sacrificing the enjoyment and healthfulness of your meals:

Shopping Strategies

Prepare a shopping list and watch for specials

Do the preparation yourself

Purchase locally grown fruits and vegetables that are in season

Focus on purchasing non-perishable vegetables

At the top of the list of non-perishable vegetables would be the root vegetables, including carrots, onions, garlic, beets, and potatoes, and sweet potatoes/yams. Some less familiar (but nutritionally excellent) root vegetables that can be easily stored include celery root, taro, burdock, rutabaga, turnip, and parsnip.

Best bet fruits

Bananas are another nutrient-rich, rather low-cost, fruit. Mangos, papaya, kiwifruit, and pineapple are among the fruit that the Environmental Working Group found to contain the least amount of pesticide residues; therefore, if you are looking to save money by purchasing some conventionally grown, rather than organically grown, fruits these are among the best choices.
Consider frozen vegetables and fruits

Highlight protein-rich beans in your Healthiest Way of Eating

Instead of purchasing meat high in saturated fat and cholesterol, you can enjoy beans, which have minimal saturated fat and are free of cholesterol. This category of foods-including lentils, split peas, and every type of dried bean-is a great choice for low-budget, health-promoting meal plans.

Cooking Strategies

Home-cooked food definitely costs less than buying pre-prepared food or eating at restaurants. Yet, you may not want to nor have time to engage in full-scale cooking every single day. To save money, batch cooking can be helpful in this regard and the more you cook from scratch the more money you save.

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