How to Eat Healthy on a $2 Budget

Healthy eating doesn’t always satisfy your wallet, but we’ve found the solution. These are the less expensive healthy foods that you need in your kitchen.

1. Fill your pantry with dried beans
One pound of dried pinto costs only $1.79 and provides 12- ½ cup servings of cooked beans. Beans are a good source of cholesterol lowering soluble fiber and a great source of plant-based protein. Most dry beans are rich sources of iron, which makes them important for vegetarians and vegans who do not get the minerals from an animal source.

2. Stock up on frozen vegetables
For about 25 cents per cup, frozen mixed vegetables provide 115% of the daily value of vitamin A, a nutrient that plays an important role in eye, skin, and bone health. Increasing your daily intake of vegetables helps to protect against heart disease and certain cancers.

3. Dive into a can of tuna

For less than one dollar, you can get a 6 ounce can of chunk white albacore containing about 500 milligrams of omega-3 fatty acids. Diets rich in omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to fight against heart disease and inflammation.

See? Cheap can be good!