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Healthy for Less: Top 10 Cheap & Healthy Foods!

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Eating HealthyThink you can’t eat healthy and stick to a budget? Think again. We were impressed when the folks at the Environmental Working Group debuted their new website, Good Food on a Tight Budget. Pretty simple, right? The nonprofit organization crunched the cost and nutrition data for almost 1,200 different foods and picked the top 100 that rank best both in terms of their impact on your health and on your wallet.


Maybe it’s all the talk about (high-priced) “organic” food, or maybe it’s just that there’s so much information out there on “healthy eating” (diet books, programs, plans), but trust us, we know it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. What we love about the Good Food website is how straightforward it is. These foods are good for you, and they’re comparatively cheap, too. But what to make with them?


That’s the other pitfall when it comes to eating healthy — finding tasty, delicious ways to enjoy those healthy foods. Well, that’s where comes in. Over the next couple weeks, we’ll be handpicking some of our best (healthy) recipes featuring the top 10 healthy foods from the Good Food site.


Our advice: don’t shock your family with a total menu makeover. Pick a few recipes that look appealing to you, and gradually integrate them into your repertoire. Think of it as adding more variety to your routine; the variety just happens to be healthy (and affordable). No one is asking anyone to give up, say, pizza!


So without further ado, we give you the top 10 cheap & healthy foods:


1. Pears

2. Turkey

3. Ricotta cheese

4. Cabbage

5. Carrots

6. Beans (including black, red kidney, pinto and chickpeas)

7. Broccoli

8. Mustard greens and collard greens

9. Yogurt (nonfat, plain)

10. Barley




Hungry? Healthy? Explore all our healthy cooking recipes!



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