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You Can Still Eat Healthy Without Spending Big Bucks

Let’s face it, food is expensive. Whether you’re buying your own food or living off your parents grocery shopping you know filling up a shopping cart isn’t cheap.

With this being said, we can also sadly agree eating healthy seems to be even more expensive. It’s sad how our health is now being determined by the prices of foods but we can’t let this stop us from eating right.

Don’t lose hope just yet! There are still healthy options that won’t leave your wallet sad and empty. I’ve put together this list of fairly cheap foods you can start buying to begin eating healthier and living more wisely.

Oatmeal

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Pictures all taken by me expect the picture of the bananas.

It’s cheap, it’s healthy, it helps maintain and can even lower your weight, and it’s a great source of good carbohydrates. Your morning’s are important. A lot of people have the misconception that cereals make for a good breakfast but that’s not the case whatsoever. Breakfast cereals are known to have high amounts of refined sugars, synthetic nutrients, and aren’t good carbohydrates.

A bowl of oatmeal in the morning can help the body maintain a healthy blood pressure, healthy cholesterol levels, and is packed full of fiber which makes you feel full and reduces your cravings for unhealthy snacks.

Note: make sure to stay way from instant oatmeal packets that are flavored and contain high amounts of sugar and sodium.

Canned Tuna

tuna protein fats healthyIt’s high in protein, it’s a good source of fats, and it increases brain power. If you workout you probably know the importance behind a post-workout meal and tuna is perfect for this due to it’s high protein levels.

A simple and tasty way to prepare tuna is to mix it up with some lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper.

Peanut Butter

peanut butter healthy protein jif low sodiumI feel that peanut butter is just too good to be considered a healthy food, but it really is. It’s high in niacin, folate, and vitamin E. It’s also high in antioxidants, healthy monounsaturated fats and polyphenols.

Along these health benefits it’s also a good source of protein. And just like oatmeal it’ll fill you up!

Eggs

eggs protein healthy lean breakfast cheapGreat source of lean protein and they’re cheap. The high quality protein in an egg (6 grams) is perfect for recovery after a workout as well.

Carrots

carrots healthy vitamin a healthy skinI’ve started eating carrots as if they were apples recently and I’ve grown to love them. Carrots are usually sold in large quantities and are cheap! Rather than eating candy or a bag of carbs and air (chips) do yourself a favor and eat a carrot.

Carrots are loaded with high amounts of vitamin A which is known to improve vision, promote healthy skin, and helps cleanse the body of toxins.

They’re good for our eyesight, can help prevent cancer, and are even known to help clean your teeth with their crunchy texture.

Bananas

bananas healthy potassiumIt’s one of the cheapest fruits you can buy, they’re high in potassium, are a good source of fiber, vitamin C, and vitamin B6. No wonder why they’re known as “Nature’s Powerbar.”

Feeling down? Eat a banana. Bananas are known to have high levels of tryptophan, which is converted into serotonin- the happy-mood brain chemical. Now you know why monkeys are so happy!

Grapefruits

graphfruit vitamin c healthy immune systemNot a lot of people eat grapefruits and it’s probably due to the slightly sour taste they can have, but don’t miss out on the benefits!

Grapefruits are super high in vitamin C levels which strengthen your immune system to prevent you from getting sick. And like the carrot they’re also a good source of vitamin A which promotes healthy skin.

Potatoes

potatoes healthy complex carbs foodNo I don’t mean french fries or potatoes doused in oils, butter, or cheese. I’m talking about a good ol’ natural potato.

Before they’re fried or dripping in butter potatoes are one of the healthiest foods you can buy. They are composed of complex carbohydrates which digest slowly unlike simple carbs such as white flour, sugar, soda, and packaged cereals. These are great especially for athletes and gym goers because like I said, they digest slowly providing you with more sustained energy.

In The End..

oranges apples grapefruits kiwis health fruitsAlthough the foods I listed above are great to get started on eating healthier without spending too much, don’t stop here! Keep searching for healthy foods that don’t hurt the wallet!

Also if you’re trying to eat healthier a great rule to follow is to stay away from anything packaged or anything that has more than 5 ingredients.

Next time you’re craving a snack stop yourself from reaching for the chips, sugary sweets, and crappy simple carbs. Try to eat as much natural foods as you can. Anything grown is always better than something in a box or bag.

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Reference:
-http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/benefits-eating-oatmeal-morning-4112.html
-http://www.mensfitness.com/ian-cohen/cheap-sources-of-healthy-protein?page=2
-http://www.care2.com/greenliving/10-benefits-of-carrots.html?page=1
-http://foodmatters.tv/articles-1/25-powerful-reasons-to-eat-bananas
 
 
 
 

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Recipe: The Messy Omelet

Before you pour yourself another bowl of cheerios, start your day out with a protein and vitamin packed  breakfast instead.

You’re not going to be in the kitchen for an hour putting this together and it should take you no longer than 20 minutes to prepare. Like I said in 10 Ways To Make Your Mornings Better, keep in mind your body just went 7-8 hours without any food and is more than ready for a good meal.

The Messy Omelet

The Messy Omelet Eggs Vegetables Cheese Healthy Protein

Makes About 2 Servings

What You Need To Know:

-How to cook scrambled eggs.
-How to sauté vegetables.
-How to use a knife without cutting yourself.
 

What You’ll Need:

-4 Large Eggs
-1 Medium Sized Tomato
-1/2 Bell Pepper 
-1/2 Onion 
-2 1/2 Teaspoons Of Olive Oil
-Ham
-Cheese (Optional)
 
 

What You Gotta Do:

1.  Dice tomatoes, bell peppers, and onions. Cut ham into little strips as well. 
 
Tomatoes Ham Onions Bell Peppers Vegetables Healthy Omelet Ham
 
2.  Crack four eggs into a medium sized bowl, mix whites and yolk until they are one color.
Scrambled Eggs Vegetables Omelet Yolk Whites Healthy
 
3.  Set stove to medium heat. 
 
4.  Once the stove is heated add 1 1/2 teaspoons of olive oil and spread it around the pan.
Olive Oil Healthy Omelet Saute Vegetables
 
5.  Begin cooking vegetables and ham. 
 Saute Vegetables Pan Heat Oil Healhty Omelet Messy Eggs
 
6.  When the vegetables and ham are cooked to your liking move them to one side of the pan.
 Sauteed Vegetables Olive Oil Healthy Breakfast Recipe Omelet
 
7.  Add another teaspoon of olive oil to the side of the pan with no vegetables and spread.
 
8.  Pour eggs into the pan and cook them just as you would cook scrambled eggs.
 Eggs and Vegetables Breakfast
 
9.  Serve & Enjoy!
 
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So there you have it, my first of many recipes to come. Thanks for reading and I would love to hear from anyone who follows this recipe! Let me know if you liked it or if you did something different so I can try it. Also don’t forget to share this with your friends and make their mornings better. 
 
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