When I was in college, I tried to eat as cheaply as possible. The only problem was the items that were cheap were typically terrible for my body. These cheap foods included pizza, hot dogs, hamburgers, and pre-made frozen dinners. This is not the way to eat, no matter how old or young you are.
Healthy Foods That Won’t Break the Bank
Within the past month or so, my wife and I decided that it was time to eat a bit healthier! Well, with a limited budget, we couldn’t just go out and buy anything and everything. Healthy foods can get pretty expensive! So, we started doing our research and found some healthy treats that we can eat without killing our budget. Here are a few of the foods that we are now eating.
1) Eggs – this is a great source of protein and you can get at least 4 meals out of a $0.99 carton
2) Apples – these are less than a dollar a piece and are a great snack in between meals
3) Bananas – these are only 35 cents each (or less) and have some great health benefits as well! They are a great source of potassium and they can help prevent cramps after your workout.
4) Almonds – these may seem pricey when you’re looking at the package, but the serving size is small and they are a great source of vitamin E, fiber, and protein. Plus, they taste good!
5) Grapes – at less than $3 a pound, grapes can be a very satisfying and will curb your hunger before your next meal.
6) Chicken Breasts – this meat has very little fat, and at less than $4 a pound, can provide you with some very lean protein.
7) Canned Salmon – while fresh salmon is most likely out of your price range, canned salmon is often less than $3 for 14 ounces of Omega-3 packed meat.
8) Carrots – these little orange sticks are cheap at only $1 a pound! And, as rumor has it, they’re good for your vision.
9) Romaine Lettuce – for only $1.99, you can get an entire head of lettuce and enjoy its nutrients
10) Sweet Potatoes – full of fiber and antioxidants, these potatoes make a meal cheap at only $2 a pound.
11) Whole-grain Pasta – I love my pasta, and it’s a cheap treat for only $1.50 per package (14 ounces or so).
12) Brown Rice – this has always been cheap, but is still a great food for you to add to your meals.
13) Low-Fat Yogurt – this helps make smoothies for breakfast and only costs $2 per quart.
14) Low-Fat Milk – for $2.59 a gallon, you get all of your necessary calcium and protein for the entire week for next to nothing!
15) Canned Beans – you can find these cans for $0.69 a piece and get your healthy fiber for cheap!