6 super healthy foods you can afford!

Eating healthy is too expensive! – Can we stop using this excuse?

We’ve all seen the ridiculous prices of healthy foods. Let’s take avocados for example. Once avocados became known as a power food, their price increased by over 100%. The food industry has hiked up the price of food that is considered ideal for losing weight and being healthy. They’re basically using the fact that South Africans are trying to adopt healthy lifestyles to make more money.

Even though eating a healthy diet may seem expensive, there are ways to shop for healthy foods without breaking the bank. Here’s a list of healthy, yet affordable, foods you can put on your grocery list.

Oats

There’s no better way to start the day than with a nice, warm bowl of oats. The very diverse, yet healthy, cereal grain can be served as a creamy bowl of porridge, blended into a morning smoothie or used to make delicious, healthy crunchies. At under R30 for 1kg, this is a very affordable way to get the added fibre and nutrients you need to start your day.

Frozen vegetables

Frozen vegetables are packed with flavour and nutrients. You can purchase frozen produce all year round. More often than not, frozen vegetables are a lot cheaper than fresh vegetables and can be stored in the freezer easily for when you need them.

Potatoes

Most health conscious foodies have crossed potatoes off their grocery list in fear that it will make them put on weight. The truth is, potatoes are loaded with nutrients. They contain vitamin B6, manganese, potassium, vitamin C, dietary fibre and other vitamins and minerals. However, just be careful how you eat them. Greasy “slap chips”, baked potatoes loaded with bacon, cheese and sour cream and mashed potato drenched in butter can add up your calorie count and lead to other health issues.

Canned tuna

Packed with protein, potassium, omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin B, consuming the very inexpensive food can offer you a lot of health benefits, including weight loss. You can add canned tuna to sandwiches, salads, pastas and many other dishes. Make sure you buy tuna canned in water, not in oil.

Lentils

Lentils should become a staple part of your diet. They are ideal for salads, soups, vegetarian dishes and more. The highly nutritious, low-calorie legumes are easy to cook and offer a range of health benefits, including lower cholesterol, a healthy digestive system, stabilised blood sugar and increased weight loss.

Oranges

Apart from the fact that they are a delicious, juicy fruit, oranges contain vitamin C, calcium, potassium and pectin. They protect the body against cancer, prevent kidney diseases, boosts heart health, lower cholesterol, relieve constipation, regulate blood pressure and promote healthy skin.

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