The Fruitful Life

Healthy Eating on a Budget

Healthy Eating on a Budget
Between health influencers and every company cashing in on the latest health trends, it can seem like eating healthy costs a fortune. However, this is simply not true! When we take it back to basics, health can be more affordable than you think. Plus, think of your healthy lifestyle as an investment in your future wellbeing, to avoid more costly healthcare in the long run. Combine your eating plan with regular exercise, and you'll be leaps and bounds ahead of the health curve!

Fruits & Veggies

The most basic place to start healthy eating is with fruits and veggies. Fruits and vegetables are nutrient-dense, full of fiber, and provide many of the vitamins and minerals your body needs to perform its best. For a list of some of the cheapest wholesome foods out there, check out this article by Healthline.
If a fruit or veggie seems expensive, check different sizing and packaging options -- or the frozen section-- to see if the price is better. For pricey berries, frozen can be a great option! Fruits and veggies taste great on their own, or they can be the perfect mix-in to the meal you already have cooking. Or, add to a bed of lettuce for a salad. Get creative with it!

Oatmeal

Looking for an easy breakfast option? Oatmeal is the way to go! Not only is it affordable, but it's also a naturally gluten-free whole grain. It's filling, full of antioxidants, fiber, minerals, and nutrients like B vitamins, iron, manganese, phosphorus, zinc and magnesium.
We love oatmeal mixed with fruit and yogurt for breakfast. If you're looking for an option with similar health benefits, but for lunch and dinner, be sure to pick up some brown rice to serve alongside any entree. 

Canned Beans & Dried Lentils

Canned beans can be more affordable and easily prepped. They're super nutritious, affordable, and have a long shelf life. Beans are full of plant-based protein, fiber, and minerals. Are you worried about the can's lining? Look for "BPA-free" lining on the label! 
Make some brown rice & beans, pair with veggies, and you're on your way to a balanced meal!

Canned Seafood

Canned seafood is far more affordable than its fresh counterpart. It can be prone to higher levels of sodium and mercury, but stick to mineral-rich clams and oysters, mackerel, salmon, and some sardines to cash in on the benefits with fewer issues. Mackerel and salmon are full of healthy Omega-3 fatty acids. 
We love using canned seafood on pasta (linguini and clams, anyone?), mackerel for fish tacos, or any fish on toasts for hors d'oeuvres. 

Eggs

Sometimes, the simplest foods are the best foods. The egg is no exception. Hard-boiled and salted, or soft boiled with dill, omeletted, scrambled, or sunny-side up, the versatile egg is ready for any occasion. Plus, it's full of protein, and nutrients like lutein and zeaxanthin. Some argue that eggs have cholesterol, which is true, but the American Heart Association currently states that 1 egg a day is perfectly fine. 
We hope that these cheap, nutritional eating tips spread the news that health is accessible for all. With a balanced diet and regular exercise schedule, you're well on your way to a healthy lifestyle. Don't forget that multi-vitamins help fill nutritional gaps! Let us know your favorite affordable, clean eating tip in the comments below. Then, visit us in-stores for all of your vitamin and supplement needs!

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