We all like cheap food, but sometimes it’s all too easy to think that it’s hard to find good cheap food, or at least cheap food that is good for you.Â Well, you’re in luck!Â I discovered this great list of inexpensive ways to stay healthy.Â Here are some highlights:
8. Garbanzo Beans
With beans, youâ€™re getting your moneyâ€™s worth and then some. Not only are they a great source of protein and fiber, but â€™bonzos are also high in fiber, iron, folate, and manganese, and may help reduce cholesterol levels. And if you donâ€™t like one type, try anotherâ€”black, lima, lentils â€¦ the varieties are endless. Though they require soaking and cooking, the most inexpensive way to purchase these beans is in dried form; a precooked can will still only run you around a buck.
Everyone know the other name for garbanzo beans?Â That’s right–chickpeas!Â The Arabs definitely know what they’re doing.
Though nuts have a high fat content, theyâ€™re packed with the good-for-you fatsâ€”unsaturated and monounsaturated. Theyâ€™re also good sources of essential fatty acids, Vitamin E, and protein. And because theyâ€™re so nutrient-dense, you only need to eat a little to get the nutritional benefits. Although some nuts, like pecans and macadamias, can be costly, peanuts, walnuts, and almonds, especially when bought in the shell, are low in cost.
Too bad it’s so easy to eat way too many nuts…at least they aren’t that bad for you when you gorge.Â And what’s the all-important number one healthiest food under $1?
High in fiber and complex carbohydrates, oats have also been shown to lower cholesterol. And they sure are cheapâ€”a dollar will buy you more than a weekâ€™s worth of hearty breakfasts.
I wouldn’t have guessed that either.Â Check out the whole list here.
[Via Divine Caroline]