While some nutritious food can be costly, this is not the case with all healthy foods. Unhealthy foods are considerably more affordable and therefore hinder our attempts to eat healthy foods. Thankfully, there are some really nutritious foods about that do not cost an arm and a leg. By incorporating these foods into your diet, you will become healthier and you will have a healthy food budget to boot.
Budget food #1: Eggs
Eggs are incredibly versatile, healthy and will certainly not wreck your budget. Eggs are rich in protein and rich in Vitamin B12. It is possible that the carotenoids contained in eggs can prevent the onset of macular degeneration and cataracts. It is safe for most people to eat an egg each day.
Budget food # 2: Whole grains
Wholes grains provide your body with fuel in the form of carbohydrates. Whole grains also contain B complex vitamins, essential fatty acids and of course, dietary fiber. Brown rice, certain cereals and whole grain breads are the best source of whole grains.
Budget food # 3: Legumes and beans
Legumes and beans are packed with fiber, calcium and protein. They are virtually free from sodium and cholesterol and taste great too. Split peas, lentils and soybeans are examples of this type of food. They also contain saponins, phytic acid and isoflavones. We add lentils to curries and spaghetti bolognaise to really enhance the flavor of our meals.
Budget food # 4: Vegetables and fruit
Vegetables and fruits that are in season are extremely cost effective. At certain times of the year, we pay 99c per kilogram of grapefruit in South African currency. That works out to a ridiculously low price in US$ and any of the other major global currencies. Shop wisely and buy these foods when they are at their cheapest. Carrots are usually cheap all year round and are even cheaper when bought in bulk. Carrots contain folic acid and beta-carotene which help to fight cancer. All fruits and veggies have their benefits so try to include them daily into your diet.
Budget food # 5: Green leafy vegetables
Vegetables such as cabbage, fenugreek, radish leaves, spinach and coriander are jam packed with zinc, iron, calcium and various vitamins including vitamins B, E, C, and A. These foods are also seasonal and can be bought for cheap at the right time of the year.
Lizette has discovered some really incredible ways to make these and other foods really tasty. Feel free to ask her about her favorite recipes and she will be sure to get back to you.
There you go! Now that you’ve saved a lot of money on foods, you can better afford supplements to improve your health even more.