20 Budget-Friendly Superfoods

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20 Budget-Friendly Superfoods
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20 Budget-Friendly Superfoods

THU, 01-24-2013 - 5:44PM

Your guide to the healthiest and cheapest foods in the market. The secret to getting the most nutritional bang for your buck: embracing a back-to-basics eating style, says Environmental Working Group (EWG) nutritionist Dawn Undurraga, MS, RD. To help you navigate the aisles, EWG crunched some numbers to determine which foods offer the most nutrition for your dollar and the least exposure to environmental toxins like BPA, pesticides and mercury. Here, your guide to the best buys in the supermarket, and how to add them to your diet.

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Sun, 03-10-2013 - 12:39pm

Wow I'm already on track with many of these! 

bananas - I don't actually even like them, but because I can get them for 19 cents each year round I mix them in once in awhile

pears - yum yum yum and the farmers market has great deals on them in the summer and fall

watermelon - this is one of my favorite fruits, but even though it is budget friendly I don't buy it often because I live alone and it is very hard for me to eat the whole thing before it goes bad.  They sell half and quarter size portions, but those are more expensive than getting a whole one.  This year I'm going to try getting my mom to split one with me.

prunes - I actually like these, but I never find that they're affordable so I don't buy them often.  I'm curious where they can be found for 19 cents a serving.

broccoli - yep there's always some in the freezer

collard greens - ewwwww!

romaine - I know it is cheap, but I quit buying it after reading that spinach had more vitamins and minerals.  I find romaine only works in cold meals, whereas spinach works in hot and cold meals so out of lazyness I stick with spinach.  I kind of miss it so maybe I'll try getting it again.

carrots - I buy raw baby carrots for snacking occasionally and yep 29 cents a serving is about right.

potatoes - I just love how versatile and affordable these are.

onions - yep I try to always have at least one on hand and I don't even care what color it is.  FYI onions also help reduce allergy symptoms.

cabbage - ehhhhh not sure I'd buy this.  The only time I ever eat it is in egg rolls when I go out for Chinese food.  Beyond that I never hear of recipes containing it that I would eat.

parsley - I still think of this as more of a flavoring than a food, but I keep some in the freezer all the time.

barley - I have not tried this yet, but the low prices have me intrigued.

salmon - I haven't had canned salmon in years so I'll have to try this again because fresh salmon is so expensive.  If I can find a no salt added variety (as I do with albacore tuna) I will be very happy.

turkey - I enjoy ground turkey so much I can't remember the last time I bought ground beef.

beans - yep I'm a fan and I love the cheapness!

lentils - I love these too and wish I had known about them when I was an undergrad, the variety would have been great.

sunflower seeds - ewwwww!

canola oil - I will have to go back to this since olive oil is very expensive these days

yogurt - This one I just can't go cheap on.  Once I started eating Greek yogurt I simply could not go back to the regular stuff.  I really don't know how I ate the regular stuff for so many years actually.  I do however try my best to buy Greek yogurt when it is on sale for $1.

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Tue, 03-12-2013 - 1:17pm

Do you like cole slaw? That uses cabbage and I like it  in stir-fries and cabbage rolls and added to soups.

The outer leaves are good to use as wraps around tuna salad and other sandwiches in place of bread.   Cabbage soup is good too.

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