Healthy Foods for Under a Buck

5 Healthy Foods for Under a Buck from Registered Dietitian, Dawn Jackson Blatner

1) Oatmeal

Small Price: $0.11 for a bowl

Big Benefits: Oatmeal is a heart-smart food that contains a compound called beta-glucan which helps lower bad cholesterol levels.

2) Beans

 Small Price: $0.28 for 1/2 cup; 3-4 times less expensive than meat

Big Benefits: Beans are a great source of fiber, potassium, protein, iron, and folate. People who eat more bean-based meals weigh 15% less than meat-eaters.

3) Potatoes

Small Price: $0.31 for a medium potato  


Big Benefits: A medium potato is only about 100 calories, is a good source of fiber, and has more potassium than a banana!


4) Spinach

Small Price: $0.50 for 2 cups

Big Benefits: Spinach is a super food loaded with antioxidants such as vitamins A, C, and E. Spinach also contains bone-builders such as calcium & magnesium and blood-strengtheners such as iron and vitamin K. 


5) Apples

Small Price: $0.40 each


Big Benefits: An apple contains over 100 phytochemicals or healthy compounds which may help reduce our risk of cancer and heart disease. One a day really may keep the doctor away!




6) Coffee

Small Price: $0.61 per 12 ounce cup; ~3 times less than coffee shop prices

Big Benefits: Drinking about 16 ounces (2 small cups) of coffee per day may actually decrease your risk of developing diabetes by 30 percent.

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