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Eating healthy doesn’t require shopping at a special grocery store, eating only organic food and shouldn’t be more expensive.  Eating healthier can be as simple as…

  • Buy fruits and vegetables that are in season
  • Check grocery store ads for sales or coupons on healthier food options and plan your weekly meals around what’s on sale
  • Buy in bulk.  Family packs of meat, larger bags of potatoes or frozen vegetables are less expensive when purchased in larger quantities.
  • Convenience costs more, go back to basics. Frozen dinners, pre-cut veggies, instant rice and oatmeal cost more. Preparing food from scratch is less expensive and can be fun for the entire family
  • Below is a list of healthy foods under $1 per serving:
    • Apples (raw with skin): 1 serving = 1 large apple
    • Bananas: 1 serving = 1 large banana
    • Baby Carrots (raw): 1 serving = 8-10 baby carrots
    • Homemade or Canned Beans (kidney, pinto, garbanzo or navy): 1 serving = ½ cup beans
    • Fresh or Canned Tomatoes (packed in tomato juice): 1 serving = ½ cup tomatoes
    • Oranges (fruit 2-7/8” diameter): 1 serving = 1 large or extra large orange
    • Pears (raw): 1 serving = 1 large pear
    • Lentils (cooked): 1 serving = ½ cup cooked lentils
    • Pearled Barley (cooked): 1 serving = ½ cup cooked pearled barley
    • Yogurt (plain, low fat or fat-free): 1 serving = 1 6-ounce container yougart
    • Eggs: 1 serving = 1 medium egg
    • Broccoli: 1 serving = 1 cup raw or ½ cup cooked broccoli
    • Sweet Potato: 1 serving = 1 medium potato
    • Brown Rice (cooked): 1 serving = ½ cup cooked brown rice
    • Green Peas (frozen, cooked): 1 serving = ½ cup cooked green peas
    • Fat-Free Milk: 1 serving = 1 cup milk
    • Regular Oatmeal: 1 serving = ½ cup cooked oatmeal
    • Spinach: 1 serving = 1 cup raw or ½ cup cooked spinach
    • Frozen Mixed Vegetables: 1 serving = ½ cup cooked vegetables
    • Frozen Corn on the Cob: 1 serving = 1 ear corn

Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service. 2011. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 24.

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