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.

  • Oats: A serving of oatmeal for breakfast can lower cholesterol and your risk of heart disease. Save your health while saving money.
  • Eggs: The protein and fat in eggs keep you feeling full, so you're less inclined to snack in between meals.
  • Potatoes: One red potato contains 66 micrograms of cell-building folate -- about the same amount found in one cup of spinach or broccoli.
  • Apples: One medium-size apple has 15 percent of your recommended daily serving of fiber, which can help lower cholesterol.
  • Chickpeas: Chickpeas, or garbanzo beans, are rich in fiber and protein. Cook them with spices for a flavorful, healthy meal.
  • 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.
  • Broccoli: A stalk of broccoli has your daily serving of vitamin K and almost twice your recommended daily dose of vitamin C.
  • Beets: This root vegetable has nutrients that help protect against heart disease and cancer.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    Editor's Note: Originally published in FITNESS magazine, May 2009.

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