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market-926494_640Eating healthy on a budget can be a challenge.  The perceived cost of healthy foods may prevent some from attempting to eat healthy at all.  The good news is that there are many food choices that are packed with nutrients, promote weight-loss,
and are cost effective.  Below are 5 inexpensive examples.

Apples: Apples are loaded with nutrients that support heart health.  Apples are also packed with fiber, which helps you feel fuller for longer.  You can buy one apple for less than 30 cents.  They make great snacks and can be delicious in other dishes, too.  Check out this Salad with Apple, Blue Cheese, and Hazelnut on Endive Leaves recipe.

Cabbage: Cabbage is an excellent source of fiber and vitamins K and C.  Red cabbage is also inexpensive and contains antioxidants that help keep your brain and heart healthy.  Cabbage can be sautéed with other veggies or used in soups alongside protein sources.  One serving of cabbage is about 27 cents.  So, why not add some cabbage to your healthy weight-loss diet plan?

Canned Fish: Even though canned meats tend to lose some of its nutritional value during the canning process, canned tuna and salmon are still very nutritious.  Some even consider canned tuna healthier than fresh tuna, because the mercury levels decrease during the canning process.  Canned salmon is usually packed in its own oil, which means there may be additional omega-3 fatty acids in one serving of canned salmon.  Canned tuna can be purchased for less than $1 and salmon for under $4.  They can be used in salads, lettuce wraps, and eaten plain.

Eggs: Eggs are not only nutritious but easy on the pockets.  They are a staple for any weight-loss diet plan.  One dozen large eggs are less than $4.  You could purchase a carton of eggs and cook them several different ways.  You could poach, boil, or scramble them.  If you want to turn a few eggs into a one-dish meal, try adding a protein and veggie to eggs to make an omelet or quiche.  Check out this Asparagus with Poached Eggs and Parmesan recipe.

Kale: Kale is certainly one of the most recognized super foods.  Kale is packed with lutein, vitamins K and A, and zeaxanthin.  Kale can be sautéed, eaten with salads, and even added to fruit smoothies.  This super food will not break the bank.  You can purchase a serving of kale for less than 60 cents.

Consuming food that is right for you is essential to a healthy lifestyle and effective weight-loss.  If you are motivated to eat healthy, cost should not prevent you from doing so.  Eating healthy does not have to break the bank especially if you set aside time every week for meal planning.


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