In Part 1 we talked about lots of delicious foods that, luckily, are also very economical. In Part 2 we have more of the same because hey, who doesn’t like a 2nd helping once in a while, right? So enjoy and we hope that the foods we show you will help spice up the dinner table. Who knows, some of these might soon become your favorites.
Peanut butter, that lunchtime staple we all know and love, is not only yummy and versatile but also high in mono-unsaturated fats, zinc and vitamin E. The best is all natural which will have less hydrogenated fats and sugar. Plus it’s very reasonably priced at less than .18 cents an ounce.
Apples and oranges, besides being used for comparative purposes, are very economical and loaded with vitamin C, antioxidants, fiber, pectin, polyphenols, beta carotene and even water. Studies have shown that eating 2 apples a day is also an excellent way to prevent heart attacks.
Small and very inexpensive (even the organic kind) eggs are packed full of nutritional value. Protein loaded whites and yolks loaded with vitamin D, lutein and zeaxanthin make them an excellent source and, with only 80 calories per egg, they’re not fattening in the least. Scientists say that they also lower macular degeneration of the eyes, something that affects 1 in 8 Americans who can lose some or all of their vision. Truly, they are incredible and edible.
Carrots as well as carrot juice delivers high amounts of beta carotenes and a huge amount of vitamin A, both of which help the immune system, the bones and the eyes. Plus, at only .32 cents per cup, they’re very cheap for such a nutritious food. Juicing them is a great way to get all the goodness with less of the laborious chewing.
Like all cruciferous vegetables cabbage is rich in vitamin C, vitamin K, sulfur compounds to help your body detoxify and lots of fiber. It’s super low in calories also and contains anthocyanins that keep your brain and heart healthy and sharp. For .22 cents a cup that’s a real bargain and really delicious.
Finally there are oats. Yes, we’re talking about oatmeal but the fact is that this breakfast champion increases soluble fiber greatly and lowers LDL cholesterol (you know, the bad kind). In fact, the ‘quick cooking’ kind are just as good as the regular as long as you don’t eat the nasty, packet types that are loaded with sugar and chemicals. And at .10 cents an ounce they are ridiculously low-cost.
And there you have them. That’s it for our 2 Part economical but healthy food series. We hope you found it interesting, enticing and that it will help you keep your food budget under control. See you back here soon.