10 Cheap And Healthy Food Ideas

Stocking up on these 10 nutritious foods will help improve your health without breaking the bank.

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be expensive as long as you prepare the majority of your meals at home and incorporate a variety of fruits, veggies, whole grains and lean proteins – many of which can be bought for around 2 bucks.

So, forget about the myth that eating healthy costs an arm and a leg and stock your kitchen with these 10 nutritious, yet cheap foods.

*Keep in mind that prices are going to vary based on location, season and brand. Nutrition facts are based on averages.

Eggs

Eggs are cheap, packed with protein and other nutrients and it’s easy to make a quick omelet or scramble them up.  Try combining a few eggs with whole wheat or multi-grain bread to make some healthy French toast!

Price: About $1.50 per dozen

Nutrition Facts: 1 large egg contains 74 calories, 5 grams fat, 0.4 grams carbohydrates and 6 grams protein

Brown rice

Brown rice is nutritious and goes great in casseroles, Asian dishes, salads, soups and stews.

Price: Around 88 cents a pound

Nutrition Facts: 1 cup brown rice contains 216 calories, 1.8 grams fat, 45 grams carbohydrates and 5 grams protein

Multi-grain or whole wheat pasta

Whole wheat pasta adds extra flavor and nutrients to your cold salad and warm pasta dishes.

Price: Around $1.50 per pound

Nutrition Facts: 1 cup cooked pasta contains 174 calories, 0.7 grams fat, 37 grams carbohydrates and 7 grams protein

Whole wheat bread

Make healthy and nutritious sandwiches, French toast, breadcrumbs and more with this alternative to white bread.

Price: Around $1.50 per loaf

Nutrition Facts: 1 slice contains 100 calories, 1.5 grams fat, 20 grams carbohydrates and 5 grams protein

Oats

Oats make great hot or cold cereal, crumb toppings, granola and muffins.

Price: Around $2 per pound

Nutrition Facts: 1 cup of oats contains 147 calories, 2 grams fat, 25 grams carbohydrates and 6 grams protein

Frozen Vegetables

Just as healthy as their fresh counterparts, frozen vegetables are affordable, nutritious and keep longer than fresh produce.

Price: Around $1.50 per 12 ounce bag

Nutrition Facts: 2/3 cup of frozen mixed vegetables contains 50 calories, 0 grams fat, 11 grams carbohydrates and 2 grams protein

Potatoes

Whether it be white, red, or sweet potatoes, you can’t go wrong with these cheap and healthy vegetables.

Price: Around $2.50 per 5lb bag

Nutrition Facts:  1 medium potato contains 145 calories, 0.2 grams fat, 33 grams carbohydrates and 3 grams protein

Spinach

A nutrient powerhouse, spinach should be a staple of everybody’s diet.  Great in salads, omelets, as a topping for burgers and even in smoothies

Price: Around $1.99 per 12 ounce bag

Nutrition Facts: 1 cup of spinach contains 7 calories, 0 grams fat, 1 gram carbohydrates and 1 gram protein

Beans

Whether it be canned black beans or frozen edamame, these are high in protein and fiber and extremely low in cost.  Beans go well with just about any dish including casseroles, salads, etc.

Price: Around $.80 for a can of black beans or $1.50 for a 16ounce bag of frozen edamame.

Nutrition Facts: 1 ounces of edamame contains 42 calories, 2 grams fat, 3 grams carbohydrates and 4 grams protein

Tuna

High in protein, good fats and low in carbs.  Goes great on sandwiches, in salads or casseroles and perfect as a snack on crackers.

Price: Around $.99 for a 6 ounce can.

Nutrition Facts: A 4 ounce serving of tuna contains 131 calories, 1 gram fat, 0 grams carbohydrates and 29 grams protein

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