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Boost Your Wellness With These 20 Healthy And Inexpensive Foods

Posted By peronalfynance40 263 days ago on Finance - I enjoy eating healthy foods. As a child, it was never a struggle for me to try new vegetables and fruits. I think part of the reason was that my parents knew how to make them taste delicious. Another reason was that they never let me get away with not eating what was on my plate. My favorite vegetables are green beans, green peas, carrots, spinach, and cauliflower. My favorite fruits are oranges, red grapes, strawberries, and apples. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to eat healthy. Check out these 20 budget-friendly foods that are good for your body. 1. Bagged Spinach I cook with bagged spinach all the time, and it’s affordable to buy at most stores. I like to use the spinach with fish recipes, beef dishes, chicken, and in my salads. When bagged spinach goes on sale in your store, stock up on it so you’ll always have some on hand. You can even freeze a few bags for later use. 2. Sweet Potatoes Especially around the holidays, you’ll see sales of sweet potatoes at supermarkets throughout your city. But you’ll periodically find deep discounts on sweet potatoes throughout the year. According to an article in Health Magazine, sweet potatoes are high in vitamins C and A. Sweet potatoes also contain high levels of manganese. This mineral boosts collagen in your skin and promotes healthier bones. 3. Cabbage Cabbage is one of the cheapest vegetables to buy, and there are numerous ways to prepare it. I like to make smothered cabbage with ham, bacon, and salt pork. Sometimes I eat this with rice, and other times I’ll eat it with cornbread. Another neat way to prepare cabbage is to make different tasty slaws as side dishes for fried fish or fried chicken. 4. Oatmeal Are you tired of eating your usual cold cereal or big breakfast with sausage, toast, and eggs? If you want to switch your breakfast routine, buy oatmeal. Oatmeal is affordable and versatile too. You don’t even have to eat it sweet. There are savory oatmeal dishes you can prepare for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Here is a Pinterest board where you can get inspiration for savory oatmeal recipes. 5. Canned Fish and Canned Meats When I was little, I have lots of memories of my mom and grandmother preparing tuna salad sandwiches for me. I keep a few cans of tuna in my pantry, and they’re especially great to have during emergencies. When a tropical storm caused a power outage in my city, we ate mostly canned tuna and canned meats with crackers. You can add tuna to pasta salads, vegetable salads, and casseroles. 6. Eggs Eggs are high in protein and there were recent studies that show that eggs don’t raise your risk of heart disease. According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, people who ate 12 eggs a week reported no negative issues with their heart or bad cholesterol levels. And in a 2018 study in Heart Magazine, people who ate eggs regularly experienced a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. Eggs are affordable, and there are so many dishes you can make with them. 7. Peanut Butter I’m not a big fan of peanut butter because I never liked the taste of it. However, it is a cheap and healthy food that lasts a long time. Every now and then I’ll buy it so that my daughter will have something sweet that is not candy or cookies. Many people make cookies with peanut butter, but you can put some on fruits such as apples or honeydew melon pieces. To get the best health benefits of peanut butter, look for an all-natural or organic version. 8. Bananas Here are a few health benefits of bananas. They’re in these vitamins and minerals: Potassium Vitamin C Fiber Protein Bananas are high in pectin, and this is a type of fiber that regulates blood sugar levels. The pectin also slows your appetite, leading to feeling full longer during the day. While bananas are generally low on the glycemic index, those with type 2 diabetes should be careful not to eat too many of them since it could spike your blood sugar levels. 9. Green Beans I add green beans to my meat dishes when I’m trying to cut back on rice and pasta. I usually season green beans with lemon juice, salt, garlic powder, and black pepper. Most stores have sales on canned green beans so it’s a good idea to stock up on them. 10. Strawberries At most of the supermarkets in my area, there’s always sales on strawberries. My daughter loves them and I do too. I eat them without any extra sugar, but sometimes I drizzle a little raw honey. Strawberries are high in vitamin C and fiber, and this plays a role in heart disease prevention. Strawberries are also high in antioxidants, and this reduces the risk of certain cancers. 11. Cheese Cheese is one of my favorite healthy foods, and one main health benefit is that it contains plenty of calcium. This is good news because our bodies need it for strong bones and teeth. So instead of buying loads of chips, get a few inexpensive packs of cheese for the kids. 12. Bell Peppers Peppers are a must-have in my pantry because the flavors are amazing! I put them in stewed meat dishes, soups, salads, casseroles, and fish recipes. The cool thing about bell peppers is that they’re inexpensive. Green bell peppers look good, but my favorite ones are in red, orange, and yellow. 13. Green Tea I have to admit, I don’t drink a lot of green tea but I agree with the health benefits it offers. It is high in antioxidants so it can be helpful in cancer prevention. Green tea contains catechins that might suppress the bacteria in your mouth which could lead to bad breath. Green tea could also reduce blood sugar levels so this is good news for diabetics. 14. Lemons Lemons smell so wonderful, and they are an amazing flavoring agent. What’s even better is that lemons are some of the cheapest and healthiest staples around. Lemons are high in vitamin C, and this is a vitamin that is paramount for a strong immune system. Lemons also contain calcium, potassium, and folate. 15. Kidney Beans Last night, I cooked a big pot of delicious red kidney beans with sausage. Beans are high in fiber, and they’re affordable to buy. The great thing about kidney beans is that you can freeze a few bags for later use after you cooked them. Other dishes to make with kidney beans include vegetarian chili, vegetable soup, refried beans, and bean salad. 16. Potatoes Potatoes are inexpensive and versatile for cooking. I like to eat boiled potatoes with black pepper and salt, but there are other ways to eat this vegetable. You can mash them and add some grated cheese, heavy cream, and butter for a tasty meal on a weeknight. Another idea is to make a potato salad with green beans, herbs, and green peas. 17. Dark Chocolate I’ve always loved quality dark chocolate, and there are some health benefits of eating. According to a few medical studies, a 100-gram bar of dark chocolate has: 11 grams of fiber 67% of iron Manganese Zinc Dark chocolate is also high in antioxidants, and these antioxidants are polyphenols, flavanols, and cathechins. These powerful antioxidants can reduce the amount of free radicals in your body so that you can age gracefully. Dark chocolate can even help raise good cholesterol levels. 18. Avocados Avocados are not my favorite fruits, but my aunt loves to eat them. Avocados contain vitamin K, vitamin C, folate, B vitamins, potassium, and vitamin E. Avocados also have no sodium or cholesterol, which makes them heart-healthy. This is because of the monounsaturated fats inside of avocados. They’re also high in fiber and have antioxidants that help your vision too. 19. Chicken This is one of the most inexpensive and healthiest meats you can buy. I ate some baked leg quarters with vegetables and rice last week, and the meal was delicious! Chicken can get boring if you prepare it the same way repeatedly, so I’ll include a list of creative chicken recipes to inspire you. 20. Water A lot of the minor health issues we have could be due to dehydration. This is why it’s so important to drink plenty of water during the day. Constipation can occur when you don’t drink enough water, and dehydration even affects your skin’s health. While it’s cheaper to drink water from the tap, it’s also not too expensive to purchase bottled water. With these budget-friendly foods, you’ll build a healthy food pantry in no time.

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