Treat your body to some extra healthy foods by checking out this list I have composed!
While you don’t HAVE to eat each of these foods every day, including them regularly throughout the week is sure to make you feel great and improve health.
1. Oats – they are a whole grain and contain loads of healthy fiber and minerals. They are dirt cheap and will keep you full, especially as oatmeal with some fruit and nuts.
2. Bananas – this potassium-rich food is almost always in season and affordable with endless uses from smoothies to breads to chips. Also light on the wallet.
3. Chia seeds – for such a tiny beady food they sure pack tons of nutrition! These little guys contain omega-3 fats, fiber, iron, and calcium. Get them cheapest in bulk. Bonus points from me if you bring your own jar/bag.
4. Flax seeds – much like chia seeds, flax seeds are small and packed with omega-3 fats and fiber. Also pretty darn cheap when bought in bulk.
5. Seaweed (or wild-caught salmon) – a plant-based and fish source of omega-3 fats to fight inflammation and help prevent chronic disease. Prices may vary where you live but this one’s health benefits are worth it either way.
6. Berries – all berries are full of fiber and antioxidants, each with their own contribution of unique vitamins like C and A. Get them at their cheapest when they’re in season like spring and summer.
7. Leafy greens – kale, spinach, collard greens, they all have loads of fiber, vitamin K, and minerals. Another cheap and healthy and versatile food with multiple uses like in soups, salads, pasta, and smoothies. They tend to sell for $1 a bunch where I lived in Texas, so it can’t get any cheaper!
8. Beans – this cheap plant-protein has plenty of fiber, minerals, and protein to help keep your intestines moving and full of healthy bacteria.
9. Milk or plant milk – for a dose of calcium and vitamin D. Make sure your plant mylk is fortified! A good option is soy milk which has healthy fats & protein naturally, also making a good alternative to cow’s milk for toddlers and kiddos. Cheap calcium and vitamin D (well, sunlight is even cheaper and can help strengthen those bones too!).
10. Tomatoes – they have lots of vitamin C, lycopene, vitamin A, and fiber. Tomato sauce counts! Always low priced when in season.
There you have it! 10 foods that will never let you down in the nutrition department (unless you have an allergy or something – steer clear of foods you can’t eat!) and won’t break the bank either.
Extra green tip: try to get them locally, organic, and/or package-free.
As always, do what you can because the world needs all you can do!