Healthy eating on a budget

Two weeks ago, I wrote a blog about EatingWell’s five-night, $50 dinner menu.

I liked the idea of reducing my weekly grocery budget, but I didn’t focus on the nutritional-healthy-food aspect as much as I should have.

According to registered dietitian, Pamela Nisevich Bede, the least costly health foods are located in your grocer’s produce department.

…add to that… as long as you’re buying seasonally.

I find good deals at Dillon’s on apples, oranges, celery, carrots and bananas. Onions, potatoes and tomatoes rarely change price. Berries vary every week.

In the same article, Livestrong featured 10 Items that Provide the Most Nutrition at the Lowest Prices:

  • Spinach
  • Baby carrots (I like regular-sized carrots.)
  • Frozen edamame (Gross. No.)
  • Canned beans, legumes
  • Chicken breast, boneless, skinless
  • Canned salmon
  • Cottage cheese
  • Whole wheat pasta
  • Whole grain rice
  • Popcorn (Butter-free, of course.)

Stir-Fry Thursday is still on with this list. I think I’ll add Movie Night Saturday to my weekly menu.