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11 Smart Ways to Eat Healthy on a Super Tight Budget

Go for frozen vegetables

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Fresh vegetables can be expensive if you don't have access to a farmer's market, but frozen vegetables can actually give you more bang for your buck. Not only are they cheaper, but they tend to be more nutritious, since they're picked at peak ripeness and frozen right away, which preserves their nutrients. "Skip frozen vegetables that include a sauce or seasoning," says Pam Nisevich Bede, MS, RD, dietitian for Abbott's EAS Sports Nutrition. "Often, you're paying extra for salt and cheaply made sauces."

Eat oats for breakfast


Boltenkoff/shutterstock When it comes to eating healthy on a budget, oats are a go-to for a quick breakfast or even in baking. "Oats are also a great source of beta-glucan, which is a fiber known to reduce cholesterol and improve cardiovascular health," says Bede. "I often buy oats in bulk from the farmer's market. They're high quality and inexpensive."

Buy nuts in bulk

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Nuts are another healthy food that can be purchased for much less if you buy them in bigger quantities. "Skip overly oiled and salted nuts, and instead buy nuts from the bulk section," says Bede. "Nuts are a great source of heart-healthy fats and essential vitamins and minerals. Buy them whole and chop or prep on the fly for baking needs. Buying in bulk saves you much more money versus buying a few ounces at a time from the baking aisle." Here are some reasons why you should be snacking on nuts.

Shop seasonal


Produce is not always the cheapest thing in the supermarket, but buying what's in season makes it a great option for eating healthy on a budget. Just follow this guide to your favorite fruits and vegetables. "In the summer, you can find watermelon, berries, and corn for a fraction of the cost of apples and kale," says Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD. Because those grow best in the summer, there's an abundance of them, and they can sell them for cheaper."

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