Let’s take a look at some easy and economical options:
Lentils, (cost per serving) 1 cup 20 cents
Lentils are healthy for you just like beans, which are high in fiber and protein. The plus of lentils over beans is that they take little time to cook. 15-30 minutes to be exact. Try throwing them into salads and soups and you’re good to go.
Oats (Cost per serving) 1/3 cup uncooked 10 cents
Oats are one of my favorite superfoods, not only because they are economical but can be used to make homemade granola, oat milk and energy balls and can be used in baked goods for a healthy boost. Loaded with fiber (3 grams per serving) and known to help in the reducing “bad”LDL cholesterol, oats should be on the top of your list for healthy eating.
Tea-(cost per serving) 1 tea bag 10 cents
Although I am adventurous for more gourmet teas, your regular black and green teas are perfectly fine to consume on a regular basis. Both varieties are loaded with antioxidants which gives a boost to your immune system and aids in the promotion of heart health.
Oranges (cost per serving) 1 orange 34 cents
An orange gives you an entire days worth of vitamin C. In addition, an orange contains a healthy dose of fiber of 3 grams and only 70 calories. It also contains beta carotene and is something that is available and affordable most days of the year.
Tuna (Cost per serving) 3 ounces 48 cents to 77 cents
When it comes to tuna, the prices can vary greatly. (I love yellowfin tuna packed in olive oil) but, if you don’t mind just your ordinary tuna in the can, go for it! With even the lower amount tuna, it still contains omega-3s. Try chunk light tuna, which is lower in mercury than albacore.
These and more can be found and used. Health healthy!