Melissa Tucker, a training coach and one of Canada’s foremost global fitness competitors, is a member of our team of PURICA Ambassadors committed to promoting positive lifestyle solutions, including healthy eating and training tips. Here are Melissa’s tips on how to eat healthy on a budget.
Food prices are climbing heading into 2015. So being able to eat healthy without overspending is a sensible resolution for the New Year.
Here are 10 healthy bites for under a buck per serving:
- Oats are high in fibre and complex carbohydrates. Serve them sprinkled with nuts and fruit or make homemade granola for a snack.
- Eggs are just over a dollar per half dozen, making them one of the cheapest and most versatile sources of protein.
- Apples are inexpensive, easy to find and come in portion-controlled packaging.
- Nuts are a good source of vitamin E and protein and are cheaper when bought in the shell.
- Bananas cost about 15-20 cents each and are high in potassium and fibre.
- Beans give you your money’s worth and more. They a great source of protein, fiber, iron and may help reduce cholesterol levels.
- Broccoli is low in calories and cost and contains tons of nutrients.
- Brown rice won’t cost you much more than white rice AND is much better for you. It’s low in fat and high in protein and fibre and is loaded with B vitamins.
- Whole grain pasta is one of the cheapest staples you can buy.
- Lactose and fat free cottage cheese is a high protein, low sugar and low carb food choice. It’s an easy on-the-go option to enjoy in sweet or savoury combos.
On the other hand, remember this: That bag of chips for 99 cents or chocolate bar for a buck may look like a bargain, but knowing they have little or no nutritional value and they cost you an hour on the treadmill makes it seem less like a deal and more like a dupe.
Happy New Year!
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