How To Eat Healthy And Feel Great On The Cheap!

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We’ve all heard it a million times: Eat natural, organic foods. But when you go to your local big box “Whole/Joe/Cost/Company” store, five little produce items can shoot your food budget for the week! You want to eat healthy, you know it will make you feel great, you know it will stop chronic disease, premature aging, even cancer, but how can you argue when the local burger joint has a family deal with eight burgers and sodas for 15 bucks and organic broccoli is $9 a pound?!

You don’t have to choose between going into debt and eating junk. You probably know all the benefits of eating healthy; now we want to show you exactly how you can do it on a shoestring.

First off, let’s talk about all the things you need to remove from your grocery list. The following food items or ingredients are not only unhealthy, but they offer you next to no nutrition for your hard-earned food dollar:

  • Trans-Fats – This includes margarine and fast food such as burgers and fries.
  • Sugar – Not only is this substance addictive, it is the leading cause of weight gain and heart disease.
  • White Bread – This includes most things made from white flour like pasta, donuts, bagels, rolls and biscuits.
  • Vegetable Oils and Seed Oils – Soybean oil, corn oil and canola oil are all GMO products, which are detrimental to your health. Think coconut oil or olive oil.
  • Diet or Low-Fat Foods – Most of these are extremely processed foods (not to mention expensive) that make up for that low fat label with high amounts of sugar, artificial sweeteners and/or salt.
  • Artificial Sweeteners – These chemical sweeteners have been linked in numerous studies to weight gain and cancer. Choose raw, organic honey or stevia instead.

Of course, cutting out these foods usually means you are going to have to learn to at least cook basic meals at home, but this is a valuable skill you will never regret having. There are tons of recipes and tips for saving time by planning your meals in advance and using slow cookers for those of you who are short on time.

Now that you know what you should not have on your list, let’s start looking at the foods you should be adding to your grocery list. Ready? Get out that pencil and paper!

 

1. Brown Rice

It takes a bit longer to cook, but if you cook it in advance, this is a super cheap healthy carb that goes with just about everything. You can use it as a side dish, add it to salads, soups, casseroles, and stir fry dishes, which are healthy and very inexpensive. A one-pound bag of brown rice costs (on average) about $1.75. This makes each serving of rice a tiny little 18 cents!

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