Eating whole natural foods can be healthy and affordable. Not only are processed foods high in calories, they are also expensive. If you look at the nutritional content of processed foods you are paying a fortune for empty calories like sugar, sodium and unhealthy fat. If you try to spend the least amount of money for the maximum amount of nutrition you will find yourself eating whole natural foods. I always tell my clients to eat Low Calorie High Nutrition but the concept of healthy affordable foods is pretty much the same as a Low Calorie High Nutrition diet.
Affordable Healthy foods:
- Beans and Lentils: high in protein, potassium, fiber and complex carbohydrates while low in calories and is filling
- Eggs: High quality protein
- Whole Grains: barley, brown rice, buckwheat, oatmeal, and rye are all great sources of fiber and complex carbohydrates
- Potatoes: a baked potato is only about 150 calories and is high in potassium and fiber
- Nuts: such as peanuts, walnuts and almonds are a good source of healthy fats, protein and fiber
- Tofu: high protein
- Diary: low fat milk and yogurt are high in calcium and protein
- Spinach, Seaweed and Kale: very healthy inexpensive greens
- Bananas: high in potassium
- Avocados: high in potassium, healthy fats and very filling
As you can see from this list it doesn’t take a lot of money to eat a nutritious diet. What it does take is some preparation. I tell my clients that a big part of eating healthy is to take the time to prepare whole foods. Try to spend a little extra time in the kitchen and you will be rewarded by a thinner waist line and more money in the bank.
Best – Mike Cola