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Healthy food often gets the reputation of being expensive and out of reach. When you wander into Whole Foods and see cash registers flashing $300 totals, and they’re walking away with only two brown bags of groceries, …it can feel like it’s an impossibility to feed your whole family healthy foods reasonably.
So, how do you eat healthfully without a second mortgage for a grocery budget?
You might be surprised to know that there are many affordable, healthy food options out there that are ideal for stocking your kitchen at all times to help you make healthy meals at home.
While prices will fluctuate depending on where you live, you’ll find these items for around $2, give or take, so there are no more excuses for not keeping healthy foods in your home.
Here is a list of my top 5 kitchen stock items:
A versatile and healthy side, brown rice gives you those necessary whole grains you need. Replace white rice and processed carbs with it to round out your meals. You can even buy it on the bulk aisle and store it in an air-tight container to get more bang for your buck.
Frozen veggies lock in the nutrients and are frozen at the peak of freshness, which means they can be as nutritious as fresh veggies. These are great for throwing together a quick side, making stews or soups, or even casseroles. They often go on sale, too, so stock up during that next sale.
Buy the store brand and save a ton on this healthy and filling breakfast staple. Take what you saved and splurge on organic, fresh berries to top your oatmeal breakfast with.
Fresh Bagged Leafy Greens
With all the outbreaks of E. coli surrounding Romaine lettuce, choosing bagged up leafy greens like spinach or kale is a better solution. Plus, they’re inexpensive and very healthy. You can make them into salads, blend them into smoothies, cook them with eggs, and so much more.
Fruits That Last
Some fruits last longer than others and are quite inexpensive to boot. While a small container of fresh, organic blueberries could run you as much as $8 and last you a day or two — a 5 lb bag of navel oranges can cost you closer to $5 and last all week. Apples, oranges, pears, pineapple, and melons are all great options for these inexpensive, long-lasting fruits to keep around your kitchen.
If you keep these things around, when life throws you a curve ball, you’ll still be able to eat nutritiously and deliciously!
And, once your kitchen is stocked you can make satisfying meals easier by Stuffing the Freezer full of ready to make healthy meals for your slow cooker or Instapot.