Healthy Foods on a Budget

How to Eat Healthy on a Budget

One thing I hear often is how expensive it is to eat healthy. Sure, you can pick up a box of macaroni and cheese for just a few cents per serving. But, do you really want to? Of course not. Those empty calories do havoc to your body.

Here I list foods that are not only healthy and delicious but also very affordable. So now you have no excuse to eat that box of mac and cheese again.

Eggs

Eggs are full of essential vitamins and minerals. Plus, each has only 75 calories and 7 grams of protein.

Cost: 20 cents

egg-muffin-cups
Image source: Show Me The Yummy

Get the recipe: Egg Muffin Cups

 

Sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes contain fiber and complex carbohydrates which digest slowly and keep you satiated. They are an excellent source of vitamins B6 and A, as well as, magnesium and potassium.

Cost: 80 cents

roasted-sweet-potatoes
Image source: Spicy Southern Kitchen

Get the recipe: Spicy-Sweet Roasted Sweet Potatoes

 

Whole wheat pasta

Whole wheat pasta is high in fiber so you won’t overeat. It is also very versatile. Just add your choice of olive oil, tomato sauce or make a heart-healthy lasagna.

Cost: 15 cents

whole wheat pasta
Image source: Epicurious.com

Get the recipe: Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Broccoli Chickpeas and Garlic

 

Tuna

One can of tuna contains approximately 18 grams of protein and only 70 calories. It is also an excellent source of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

Cost: 75 cents

Tuna Casserole
Image source: Gimme Some Oven

Get the recipe: Tuna Casserole

 

Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is a mainstay in my household. It makes a healthy quick snack or nice smoothie. Peanut butter contains 8 grams of protein in a two-tablespoon serving. It also contains vitamin E, magnesium and potassium.

Cost: 13 cents

peanut-butter-granola
Image source: pbfiners.com

Get the recipe: Peanut Butter Granola

 

Beans

Beans are an excellent source of gut-filling fiber, protein, folate, iron, and potassium. They are also low in fat.

Cost: 10 cents

7-layer-salad
Image source: The View From Great Island

Get the recipe: Mason Jar 7 Bean Salad

 

Bananas

Bananas provide a good source of fiber, vitamins B6 and C, and magnesium and potassium.

Cost: 15 cents

Banana-Smoothie-Recipe
Image source: Inspired Taste

Get the recipe: 5-Minute Banana Smoothie Recipe

 

Oats

A serving of oats contains 4 grams of fiber, 6 grams of protein and a healthy dose of vitamin A and calcium.

Cost: 20 cents

delish-oatmeal-strawberries-cream
Image source: Delish.com

Get the recipe: Strawberries 'N Cream Oatmeal

 

Broccoli

Broccoli is an excellent source of fiber, folate, and vitamins A, B6 and C.

Cost: 50 cents

roasted-garlic-lemon-broccoli
Image source: Allrecipes.com

Get the recipe: Roasted Garlic Lemon Broccoli

 

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