It's easy to drop some serious coin at the farmers' market on gorgeous heirloom tomatoes, organic blueberries and -- ooh, did you see those fairy eggplants?! But healthy eating doesn't have to be elitist. The Environmental Working Group set out to prove that with their new shopping guide, Good Food on a Tight Budget.
"The premise that healthy food is expensive has been repeated so often that nobody thinks to question it anymore," writes EWG nutritionist Dawn Undurraga on the group's blog. EWG teamed up with Share Our Strength's Cooking Matters to create the guide, which includes shopping tips, healthy food lists, and 15 recipes that average less than $1 per serving.
She also points out some other facts that might surprise you:
- Fresh produce isn’t always more expensive. And canned isn’t always cheaper. Fresh carrots are cheaper than frozen. Frozen corn can be cheaper than canned.
- For cheap protein and a clean planet you can’t beat beans, which are a fifth of the price and a fraction of the carbon footprint of turkey.
- Plain yogurt costs less than sour cream and has more calcium.
- One serving of oatmeal is about half the cost of a bowl of sugared cold cereal and more filling.
- Brown rice costs as little as oatmeal and has twice as much fiber as white rice.
What's your favorite way to eat healthy on the cheap?