Ten Healthy Foods that are Easy on your Budget
Just because food prices are rising, doesn't mean you can't make healthy food choices. The good news is that many foods that are good for you are also inexpensive. Here are ten choices to add to your shopping list every week that won't break your budget:
- Apples can be used as a snack, or in a variety of salads. One large apple is a serving and has only 117 calories, as well as 5 grams of fiber.
- Bananas can be added to smoothies, eaten as a snack or used in salads. They offer 121 calories and 3.5 grams of fiber.
- Baby carrots are great for snacks or cooking. A serving is 1/2 cup or 2 ounces for 27 calories and 2 grams of fiber as well.
- Canned beans are a nutritional power house with only 120 calories for a 1/2 cup serving, along with 7 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber. They have a variety of uses including salads, soups and casseroles.
- Canned tomatoes are the mainstays in Italian and Mexican recipes. Each 1/2 cup serving is only 25 calories.
- Navel oranges make a great snack or addition to a fresh salad for only 106 calories.
- Pears are a healthy appetizer with cheese, or work well in a variety of salads. They offer 7 grams of fiber and contain 133 calories.
- Dry lentils added to soups, stews, cold salads and casseroles provide 14 grams of protein in every 2 ounce serving for only 195 calories.
- Pearl barley can be added to soups and stews and contains 199 calories and 9 grams of fiber.
- Yogurt contains 130 calories for an 8 ounce serving of the plain fat-free variety. It is delicious by itself, topped with fresh fruit, in smoothies or as an ingredient in dips and dressing.