While it is true that fruits and vegetables are the most important for optimal health, they do account for 40 to 50 percent of a healthful food budget while providing only 10 to 20 percent of your calorie needs. Nutrition is not just about calories. While we cannot scientifically deny that fruits and vegetable nourish us like no other, fortunately there is a way to get enough calories and nutrition on a budget.
I have selected eight wallet-friendly, nutritious foods that will provide nutritional needs for protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals, including fruits and vegetables.
If fruits and vegetables are not on sale, consider their frozen counterparts. By doing so, you will have a good variety to choose from and never feel guilty for throwing out your uneaten, rotting fruits and veggies that you neglected in the refrigerator. Cost: 50 cents to 75 cents a serving.
Rice is a perfect base for many meals. Loaded in fiber, brown rice also provides protein, potassium and magnesium. Cook a large pot and pair it with beans, salads, soups and casseroles throughout the week. Cost: 5 cents per serving
Dried beans provide adequate protein, fiber and aid in creating a…
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