There are plenty of cheap and healthy food alternatives, that you can turn into a wonderful meal that is not only healthy, but fuelled with vitamins, minerals and protein. Let’s go through a few so you can keep them on your shopping list for regular purchase.
Top 5 cheap and healthy foods to include in your healthy eating plan
- Broccoli. This is my most favourite veggie. It has so many positive health benefits from reducing your risk of cancer, to detoxifying your body, eliminating cravings and is packed with many vitamins and minerals. It can be steamed, boiled or even baked. Broccoli is also great for weight loss because of the amount of fibre it contains. You will be eating a lot less, therefore, stretching out your budget a bit more.
- Bananas. Bananas are a great snack to have, as they contain fiber and potassium. This helps you to regulate your blood pressure and maintain heart function. Bananas can be used in smoothies, and are portable enough to be taken anywhere, eaten at anytime.
- Eggs. My most favourite, portable, nutrient filled snack! Eggs can be used in almost anything, and provide so many vitamins, minerals and protein. Use it in your salads, make an omelette. The choice is endless with this. The great thing about eggs, is they are available all year round, and can be an easy and cheaper alternative, especially when you are too busy to cook.
- Oats. Oats are very nutritious, and cheap for that matter! You can increase your consumption of protein by adding in your own protein powder, or better still, why not add some egg whites to it? Oats lower your cholesterol, rich in antioxidants and controls your blood sugar levels. You can heat them up, or have them cold. The choice is endless really.
Use oats as a base for your protein balls or cookies. It’s easy to have them handy as a snack when you are unable to get to food, but don’t want to spend money or compromise your health.
- Cabbage. I recommend cabbage because it’s a cruciferous veggie, which is packed with the most nutritional value. Studies have shown that veggies with glucosinolate provides protection against cancer, as well as reduce heart disease. This veggie can also be eaten raw or slightly sautéed. The choice is endless, and you have many options to use this within your cooking. It’s also very filling!
As you can see, there are so many healthy alternatives out there. It will also depend on what season you are currently experiencing. The foods above should be offered mostly all year round, therefore easier to budget for and use.
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