Healthy eating is expensive.
This is the number one food fallacy I hear from people when I discuss my lifestyle with them. People feel fresh fruits, veggies, lean meats, and whole foods in general are way above their price point so they go for packaged, convenience foods instead. To some degree it’s true. Some healthy foods (mostly the specialty/fancy items) are more expensive than their ‘junk food’ counterparts. But for the most part simple, real foods are pretty darn cheap! You just have to know what you’re looking for and do a little planning in advance.
Here are just a few examples of some healthy, whole foods that are incredibly affordable…
+almonds | $.60 per serving
+brown rice | $.18 per serving
+eggs | $.19 per egg
+black beans | $.30 per serving
+canned tuna | $1.50 per can
+lentils | $.19 per serving
+bananas | $.30 per banana
+oranges | $.50 per orange
+canned pumpkin | $.75 per 1/2 cup
+yogurt | $1.00 per 6oz serving
+broccoli |$.50 per serving
+sweet potatoes | $.50 each
+carrots | $.50 each
And this just skims the surface…
Price should never be an obstacle for being able to eat a quality, healthy diet. Nowadays, food stamps are allowed at Farmers Markets and even food pantries are stocking healthier alternatives. It’s great to see our nation taking a more active role in promoting healthy living and healthy eating.
The reality is, buying and preparing healthy food should be a priority. Making the effort, taking the time, and planning your budget now will save you thousands of dollars in medical costs in the future. Plus you’ll be able to enjoy life more fully when your health is in order!
Today I’m sharing 10 Healthy Meals You Can Make on a Budget! Everything from soups and veggie bowls to chicken stir-fries and stuffed peppers. All are made from real, whole foods and pack a lot of nutrition for a low price per serving.
This round-up just goes to show that healthy eating can be easy, cheap, and most importantly TASTY. These are all meals I would definitely make (and some of them I do regularly). Being a college student, it’s especially important that I stick to a budget with food. Having some go-to, affordable health foods is key to eating well and not breaking the bank!
What are your ‘cheap’ health food staples?
Do you have any budget meals that often make an appearance in your weekly meals?
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