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Eating healthy and affordably

You want to buy healthy foods, but does it often seem that healthy and inexpensive are mutually exclusive terms? There is a misconception that eating healthfully - including lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meat and low-fat dairy products - costs a lot of money. You may not realize there are a wide variety of choices in each food group, with something to fit everyones budget. Consider these healthy yet inexpensive examples of food choices: Fruits (fresh, frozen or canned in light juice): berries, oranges, grapefruits, bananas, apples, peaches or mixed fruit, watermelon, plums, melons, pears, raisins or other dried fruits. Vegetables (fresh, frozen or canned with no salt added): fresh spinach, tomatoes, broccoli, bell pepper, canned string beans, frozen broccoli, cauliflower, collards, romaine lettuce, carrots, sweet potato, peas, squash and turnip greens. Grains: oatmeal, cold whole-grain breakfast cereal, whole-wheat or whole-grain bread and crackers, whole-wheat pasta, brown rice, popcorn. Protein: beef, chicken, pork, turkey, eggs and fresh or frozen fish such as cod, tuna, salmon and catfish. Alternative protein: tofu, beans (black, garbanzo, pinto or kidney), black-eyed peas, hummus, nuts, seeds, peanut butter. Dairy: low-fat or no-fat milk, yogurt, low-fat cheese. Non-dairy: soy milk, soy yogurt or soy cheese. Its great to know that your food choices for healthy eating are endless, as are the health benefits youll receive from enjoying a variety of foods.

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