Eat Healthy…Without Going Broke

    A couple looking inside a grocery bag filled with foodEating healthy, delicious meals is more expensive than eating junk (or eating the same boring thing every single day), right?

    Not necessarily!

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    Did you know that, with a little organization and creativity, you can save money and still eat healthy, tasty, high-quality foods?

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    Step 1. Plan your meals. Set aside regular blocks of time for planning meal and making your grocery list. Try looking for recipes on the Internet.

    Step 2. Shop smart. Consider the time of day, day of week, and even week in the month that you shop. Generally, the grocery is the least busy early in the morning, in the middle of the week, and on any day but the first day or two of the month (when many people get paid).

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    Food Choices That Will Save You Money

    Here are some healthy foods to add to your grocery list:

    • Beans. Can be used to make nutritious, hearty soups, and can be a main course with the addition of fresh vegetables or rice.

    • Brown Rice. Great addition to leftover meat and veggies. Although brown rice is slightly more expensive than white, the nutritional payoff is well worth it. Another inexpensive, easy-to-fix grain, millet, is best when bought fresh. Simply rinse and toast before using it in recipes.

    • Whole-wheat Pasta. Quick and easy to prepare, and can be paired with veggies, meat, or a fresh salad. Get creative by adding different vegetables, spices and herbs.

    • Fresh vegetables and fruit. These are essentials that should always be on your list. Buy when they’re in season, to ensure optimal taste and nutrition. You can also rely on frozen varieties. Veggies make great stir-fries, while fruit is good for a quick nutritious snack.

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