Eat Better, Spend Less
Grocery Shopping TipsStock up on superfoods.
"Plenty of fruits and vegetables are both nutrient dense and inexpensive," says Lauren Futrell Dunaway, RD, program manager at the Prevention Research Center at Tulane University in New Orleans. Her best budget-friendly, vitamin-packed produce picks:
Bananas contain plenty of potassium as well as vitamins B6 and C.
Cabbage is loaded with vitamin C. Every cup of cooked, shredded cabbage that you eat provides 75 percent of your recommended daily allowance (RDA) of C.
Cantaloupe is high in vitamins A and C.
Carrots have more vitamin A than any other vegetable, and they're rich in vitamins C and B6.
Greens, such as spinach and turnip, mustard, and collard greens, are full of vitamin A.
Honeydew melon is high in vitamin C.
Oranges and grapefruits each supply more than 100 percent of your RDA of vitamin C.
Plums are packed with healthy antioxidants and phytonutrients.
Potatoes are a good source of vitamins C and B6 and potassium.
Don't be lured into buying mass quantities of anything -- whether it's chicken, condiments, or paper products -- at a warehouse store. It's a myth that bigger is cheaper, says Joanie Demer, coauthor of Pick Another Checkout Lane, Honey. Truth is, you'll actually end up spending more.Know when not to go natural.
"People think that if they eat everything organic, they'll be healthier, but organic butter and sugar have the same fat and calories as regular butter and sugar," points out Jennifer Welper, executive chef at Hilton Head Health, a weight-loss spa in South Carolina. Plus, organic foods are often more expensive. When you're choosing snacks, look for tasty, good-for-you foods that will fill you up for around 150 calories. A handful (about one ounce) of almonds, a piece of fruit, or a plain nonfat yogurt with berries is a much smarter choice than all-natural cookies or chips.
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