If your New Year’s resolution was to “eat healthier,” you’re not alone. You’re also not alone in struggling to maintain that. Not only is it hard to determine what constitutes “healthy,” but it’s even harder to select those options when you’re on a budget! Check out some of our favorite grocery items that pack a big nutritional punch without breaking the bank!
Beans should be a pantry staple for anyone trying to save money and eat better. Why? They’re filled with minerals like iron and zinc. They’re also full of protein, which helps you get – and stay – full. Canned beans tend to be salty for the sake of preservation, so we recommend you rinse them before preparing. An even cheaper option is to buy your beans dried and in bulk.
Wondering what to pair with all those beans? Try whole grains in the form of quinoa, brown rice, or farro. Whole grains fill you up while providing plenty of fiber, protein, and nutrients. You can top them with beans, chicken, and veggies. Pro tip: Instant rice or microwaveable packets make meal prep quick and easy, though buying by the box or bag will save you some coin.
Of course, fruits and veggies deliver a ton of vitamins and minerals. But they can be expensive, especially considering the rate at which they spoil. Frozen produce is a perfect budget-friendly option that will let you eat all of your favorites – even out of season. Plus, frozen fruits and vegetables are processed at their peak ripeness, so they maintain nearly all of their nutritional content!
Don’t sleep on oats. This simple ingredient delivers protein, minerals, and fiber at a very low cost. And it doesn’t have to be just oatmeal in the morning. Oats are equally as effective when ground into oat flour, which can replace regular flour in your favorite baked dishes.
These breakfast staples are a powerhouse of vitamins, protein, fatty acids, and antioxidants that are particularly good for your brain, eyes, and skin! Plus, they’re super-versatile and can be paired with whole grains, frozen veggies, and more.
Buy them by the bag, because you’re going to want to eat a whole lot of potatoes after reading this. Potatoes deliver vitamin C, fiber, potassium, and B6! The trick is that you should be eating them with the skin. To keep things healthy, avoid frying the potatoes and instead opt to roast or bake them.
Do you have any go-to healthy ingredients that won’t break the bank? Share them with us in the comments below!