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The FITNESS Dollar Menu: Budget-Friendly Groceries

Short on cash? You're not limited to the high-fat stuff. Add these good-for-you foods to your grocery list -- they're all under $1 per serving.

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Oats

A serving of oatmeal for breakfast can lower cholesterol and your risk of heart disease. Save your health while saving money.

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Eggs

The protein and fat in eggs keep you feeling full, so you're less inclined to snack in between meals.

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Potatoes

One red potato contains 66 micrograms of cell-building folate -- about the same amount found in one cup of spinach or broccoli.

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Apples

One medium-size apple has 15 percent of your recommended daily serving of fiber, which can help lower cholesterol.

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Chickpeas

Chickpeas, or garbanzo beans, are rich in fiber and protein. Cook them with spices for a flavorful, healthy meal.

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Bananas

Bananas are great as a carb-packed energy booster and they contain loads of potassium which regulates blood pressure and reduces the risk of stroke.

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Broccoli

A stalk of broccoli has your daily serving of vitamin K and almost twice your recommended daily dose of vitamin C.

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Beets

This root vegetable has nutrients that help protect against heart disease and cancer.

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Whole-Grain Pasta

Whole-grain pasta contains more fiber and protein than regular pasta. Stock up on this staple so you'll always have options for healthy dinners.

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Spinach

Spinach contains lutein and zeaxanthin, two immune-boosting antioxidants important for eye health. Another bonus: Recent research found that among cancer-fighting fruits and veggies, spinach is one of the most effective.

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, May 2009.

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anonymous wrote:

Yuck, why skip meat, fish and chicken. Legumes isn't my ideal of living. Fruit is full of sugar, veggies are bland and often tasteless. Grains make you fat too.

1/18/2012 09:51:48 AM Report Abuse
afm1enter wrote:

Timothybobcat: Too true, that's what my Grandmother taught me and it still works. "Eat what the earth provides, and of all the man made foods, only bread is good."

9/25/2010 03:14:31 PM Report Abuse
timothybcat wrote:

You don't need this article to tell you how to grocery shop on a budget. Skip all the aisles with processed food and skip the meat, chicken, and fish. Get any kind of fruit, veggies, grains and legumes that you want. It's that simple.

9/25/2010 09:44:18 AM Report Abuse
June Carlile wrote:

great!

7/14/2010 04:12:21 PM Report Abuse

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