20 healthiest foods for under $1

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.  Well, you’re in luck!  I discovered this great list of inexpensive ways to stay healthy.  Here are some highlights:

8. Garbanzo Beans
With beans, you’re getting your money’s worth and then some. Not only are they a great source of protein and fiber, but ’bonzos are also high in fiber, iron, folate, and manganese, and may help reduce cholesterol levels. And if you don’t like one type, try another—black, lima, lentils … 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?  That’s right–chickpeas!  The Arabs definitely know what they’re doing.

6. Nuts
Though nuts have a high fat content, they’re packed with the good-for-you fats—unsaturated and monounsaturated. They’re also good sources of essential fatty acids, Vitamin E, and protein. And because they’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.  And what’s the all-important number one healthiest food under $1?

1. Oats
High in fiber and complex carbohydrates, oats have also been shown to lower cholesterol. And they sure are cheap—a dollar will buy you more than a week’s worth of hearty breakfasts.

I wouldn’t have guessed that either.  Check out the whole list here.

[Via Divine Caroline]

Mark posted this on July 14, 2008 and is filed under Quips n' Tips.

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