‘I want to eat healthy, but it’s costing me a bombshell’. Sounds familiar? We totally feel your concern. Eating healthy is hard, especially for us Indians who love food truly, madly and deeply. And when eating healthy gets expensive, we conveniently play the price game and continue to easily pick junk-laden fried foods. While you may like to believe it this way, it’s not exactly the case.
And that’s why we’re here today to rectify the unfolded assumptions because it’s totally possible to eat a healthy and balanced diet without spending your whole paycheck. How? Try these foods!
Let’s start with pulses because their virtues are endless. A main item in almost all of your meals, our beloved daal is rich in Vitamin A, B, C and E and minerals like calcium, iron, potassium, and also a good source of amino acids. The list can go on forever! And the best part is there’s not a day when the pantry doesn’t have ingredients for lentil soup.
We never mind this budget and waist friendly food. And eggs can be cooked in practically a hundred different ways. So even if you want to get a little fancy, you still won’t be spending a ton.
When it comes to fruits, we understand that things tend to get a little spicy. But bananas? They’re reliably pretty low-priced. And it’s a good thing to eat more of them because bananas are packed with potassium whose job description is ‘keep the heart beating’. And these smoothies are scrumptious as well.
Spinach is a great bang-for-your-buck vegetable that offers a variety of vitamins, minerals, fiber, protein and a staggering amount of antioxidants. If you’re not a fan of the taste, put tiny chunks into a sandwich or an omelet and you won’t even notice it.
Lemon Brown Rice
Rice, especially brown rice is a great economical cooking accessory that we always have in our kitchen. From hearty breakfast meals to full casseroles, use brown rice for a myriad of delicious and health-giving dishes. Without burning a hole in the pocket of course.
If you have a container of oatmeal in your pantry, a healthy breakfast is the least of your concern. They are the champions in the healthy grains race.
Whole Wheat Pasta
Yes, pasta! If taken in moderation, they’re a bunch of health boosters. And if you want to go for a superior health choice, whole wheat pasta it is because it’s loaded with carbohydrates and fiber. And a bit more protein.
We all know carrots help us see in the dark but did you know that this inexpensive root veggie also helps reduce the risk of cancer and cardiovascular diseases? Yes, they may seem like a humble snack but carrots are rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber. Next time you feed the bunnies, don’t forget to have some of it.
Baked Sweet Potatoes
They are comforting, filling and also super cheap. As if we needed another reason to love them, it turns out sweet potatoes are super beneficial for our health too. Packed with impressive nutrients content, they help reduce blood sugar levels, blood pressure, cortisol thereby preventing diabetes and heart disease.
Salad With Yogurt Dressing
Curd is a cheap good eat. And you can enjoy it plain or in cooking or baking. Besides aiding in weight loss, they help in digestion and boost your system with calcium, protein and potassium. Top your salad with yogurt and make way for healthy living.