Trying to feed your family nutritious foods without breaking the bank can be a little bit of a struggle, but guess what—it doesn’t have to be! SHF shared a compilation of 10 cheap and healthy foods to help you keep those grocery bills down.
1. Canned Tomatoes – They are great source of vitamin C, as well as lycopene, which is an antioxidant that may reduce inflammation. Consuming tomatoes has also been linked to reducing “bad” LDL cholesterol and blood pressure levels.
2. Oats – They are rich in fiber, which helps lower cholesterol levels and helps keep you full and satisfied. A serving of oats also contains B vitamins, iron, manganese, phosphorus, zinc and magnesium.
3. Peanut Butter – It is a great source of plant-based protein as well as heart-healthy fats, vitamin E and B vitamins.
4. Canned Beans – Beans contain a significant amount of fiber and a variety of vitamins and minerals, including folate, iron, magnesium and potassium. They’re also a great source of plant-based protein.
5. Potatoes – Potatoes contain a significant amount of potassium, a mineral that’s very important in our bodies, helping to regulate fluid balance and muscle contractions, among other functions.
6. Lentils – They are very affordable and provide a great source of protein, fiber, iron and manganese. They also contain antioxidants that may help to fight inflammation and reduce the onset of chronic diseases.
7. Popcorn – It provides fiber, magnesium and several disease-fighting antioxidants. Plain popcorn is also very low in calories, making it a helpful snack for those wanting to lose weight.
8. Frozen Berries (Strawberries, blue berries etc…) – Add frozen berries to your favorite smoothie recipe or make a yogurt parfait with them. Frozen berries can be used to make jams, pies and other desserts with a nutritious boost.
9. Canned Tuna – great source of protein, and it also contains some omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for brain health and reducing inflammation. Tuna also provides a fair amount of the minerals selenium, phosphorus and potassium.
10. Eggs – They’re extremely nutritious and typically cost less than few cents per egg. A whole large egg contains 6 grams of protein and delivers some vitamin D as well. Eggs also contain the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, which support eye health and decreased risk of age-related macular degeneration.