Saving money means sometimes giving up on the things that you want now to have the means to buy them later or when you have an emergency.  When it comes to food however it’s never a good idea to buy the cheapest because, frankly, food is too important to always eat the cheapest.  The fact is, cheaper food is usually the worst food, nutritionally speaking.

That’s not the case for these next foods though.  Indeed, some of the ones we’re going to show you are not only a relative bargain but are high in nutritional value as well, making them the perfect choice to feed your family great food and save money at the same time.  Have a look before you do on your next supermarket run.

Lentils are full of fiber and protein and are really great for the health of your heart.  They’re not only cheap to purchase (about .15 cents a cup) but also are cheaper to cook because they take much less time (and thus less gas or electric) than other beans and don’t need presoaking either.

Kale is one of the nutritionally densest foods on the supermarket shelf and, at only .60 cents a cup, has an incredibly high amount of vitamin K, A, lutein and zeaxanthi,  antioxidants that are also great for the eyes and vision.

One of the most inexpensive nuts is almonds but, luckily, they are also one of the most nutritious.  Packed with vitamin E, calcium, fiber and folate they only cost .63 cents an ounce and are higher in flavonoids than green tea.

Speaking of which, green tea is less than .11 cents a cup and absolutely loaded with antioxidants to boost your immune system. Not only that, studies have shown that people who drink 12 ounces or more a day of green tea are half as likely to have a heart attack as non-tea drinkers.

Although canned tuna fish might not exactly get a glowing report from foodies the fact is it contains all sorts of Omega-3 action and is much better than red meat or pork if you’re on a meat cutting diet. It’s certainly much cheaper than fresh and much, much cheaper than red meat per ounce.  Chunk light tuna has the least mercury because it’s from smaller fish.

That’s just the beginning.  Come back soon for Part 2 and more food choices that will take care of your family’s nutritional needs now and help you put more of your hard-earned money in your savings account for later.