Healthy Foods on a Budget

How to Eat Healthy on a Budget

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Delicious recipes for the whole family

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

Cost: 20 cents

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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

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



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
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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

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Get the recipe: Peanut Butter Granola



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

Cost: 10 cents

Image source: The View From Great Island

Get the recipe: Mason Jar 7 Bean Salad



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

Cost: 15 cents

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Get the recipe: 5-Minute Banana Smoothie Recipe



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

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Get the recipe: Strawberries 'N Cream Oatmeal



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

Cost: 50 cents

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Get the recipe: Roasted Garlic Lemon Broccoli


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