How To Eat Healthy Cheap
We all know the benefits of eating healthy, but those of us on a budget may have a harder time than others. We’re going to give some of the best affordable options to strengthen your diet while keeping the cost down.
1. Boneless Chicken Breast ~1.99/lb
Boneless chicken breast is a great option when on a budget because it packs a ton of nutrients into less than $2 per pound. You’ll get about 100 grams of protein and 5 grams of fat per pound. This will help you stay fuller longer than eating a bag of chips or any other low protein alternative.
2. Eggs ~$1.00/ Dozen
Currently, eggs are at some of the lowest prices they’ve ever been. At my local Kroger, a dozen eggs are $0.59. 18 eggs are $0.88. One large egg contains 70 calories split between protein and fat. What makes eggs even better are the many options you have to cook them. You can scramble, fry, hard boil, or poach them. This variety will help you to not get bored of your everyday eggs.
3. Milk $1.19 per gallon
Similar to eggs, milk prices have hit record lows. At some grocers you can get one gallon of milk for less than $1.00! This pairs well with your morning eggs and helps you add 8 grams of protein per 8 ounce serving.
4. Brown Rice ~$1.00
Brown rice is an extremely cheap way to eat healthy on a budget. For a dollar or less, you can make a weeks worth of dinner with brown rice. Add your chicken and eggs we mentioned above for a perfectly balanced meal high in protein and carbohydrates. Brown rice is a healthier carb because of it’s slower digestion. White rice is a fast digesting carb meaning if your body isn’t ready to use the carbs soon after eating, your body will store them as fat to use later.
5. Beans ~$1.00
This is a broad item that can pack a lot of nutrients in your meals for cheap. Whether you prefer black beans or pinto beans, they are a great way to satisfy your appetite for under a buck.
6. Celery ~$2.00
Looking for a low calorie sand low priced option to fill up on? Celery is your best bet. Cut up your celery stalks and add a little peanut butter for a healthy snack you can eat anytime of day. Celery has less than 15 calories per stalk, making it a great option.
7. Oatmeal ~$2.00
Oatmeal is another slow digesting carb similar to brown rice, making it a great food to start your day off. The key to oatmeal is getting the right kind. Instant oatmeal is a less healthy option that is the most heavily processed. Rolled or steel cut oats are a healthier alternative that pack more protein and fiber than instant oats.
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