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For the last year or so, I have been feeding my family better meals, by cooking healthy.  The problem though is that some healthy foods are very expensive and can make your grocery bill skyrocket very fast.  What are some of the foods that you buy that are both healthy and cheap to prepare?

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  • 9 years later...

Eating healthily on a budget is possible with some planning and smart choices. Here are some healthy and inexpensive foods to consider:

  1. Oats: Oats are a nutritious and budget-friendly breakfast option. They're high in fiber, which can keep you feeling full and satisfied.
  2. Rice and Whole Grains: Brown rice, quinoa, and whole wheat pasta are affordable and versatile sources of complex carbohydrates.
  3. Canned Tuna and Salmon: These provide a cost-effective source of lean protein and omega-3 fatty acids.
  4. Legumes: Beans, lentils, and chickpeas are excellent sources of protein, fiber, and various vitamins and minerals.
  5. Eggs: Eggs are a versatile and affordable source of protein, vitamins, and minerals. They can be the basis of many budget-friendly meals.
  6. Frozen Vegetables: Frozen vegetables are often just as nutritious as fresh ones and have a longer shelf life, reducing food waste.
  7. Cabbage and Kale: These leafy greens are low in cost and high in nutrients, including vitamins A, C, and K.
  8. Bananas: Bananas are a cheap source of potassium and fiber. They're also a convenient on-the-go snack.
  9. Canned Vegetables: Canned vegetables, such as tomatoes and corn, can be affordable and convenient for cooking.
  10. Peanut Butter: Natural peanut butter is a good source of healthy fats and protein. Look for options with minimal added sugar and preservatives.
  11. Greek Yogurt: Greek yogurt is a protein-rich, budget-friendly dairy option. It can be used in a variety of dishes, from breakfast to savory sauces.
  12. Canned Beans: Canned beans, like black beans and kidney beans, are convenient and provide protein, fiber, and essential nutrients.
  13. Whole Wheat Bread: Whole wheat bread is often less expensive than specialty bread and provides more fiber and nutrients.
  14. Canned Tomatoes: Canned tomatoes are a versatile ingredient for soups, stews, and pasta dishes. They're rich in lycopene, a powerful antioxidant.
  15. Carrots and Potatoes: Carrots and potatoes are low-cost vegetables that are versatile and can be used in many dishes.
  16. Onions and Garlic: Onions and garlic are affordable and add flavor to a wide range of recipes.
  17. Chicken Thighs and Drumsticks: These cuts of chicken are often less expensive than boneless, skinless chicken breasts and can be just as tasty.
  18. Whole Chicken: Buying a whole chicken and using it for various meals can be cost-effective.
  19. Bulk Foods: Buying staples like rice, pasta, oats, and nuts in bulk can reduce costs over time.
  20. Seasonal Produce: Opt for fruits and vegetables that are in season, as they are often more affordable and at their peak freshness.

Remember that planning your meals, buying in bulk when possible, and minimizing food waste can further stretch your food budget. Additionally, cooking at home is generally more cost-effective than dining out, and it allows you to have better control over the ingredients you use.

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  • 3 months later...

Everything seems expensive these days, with the inflation and the global economy tanking and all that. But I think that a vegetarian/vegan diet is generally less expensive than a meat-heavy diet. Such a diet is also much healthier - for both you and the planet!

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