|5 Foods for $5: Eating Organic on the Cheap|
|Written by Whitney Lauritsen|
Healthy and organic foods have a nasty reputation for being expensive, but luckily you can ignore the gossip mills. While it's true that grocery bills can add up fast at the natural market, there are plenty of options that fit into any budget (gotta leave room for nights on the town, right?). The following nutrient dense and versatile foods give you major bang for your buck. In fact, if you consumed all of these items in one sitting it would total less than $5!
If you want a healthy yet cheap source of protein that's ready to eat in 15 minutes, quinoa is the answer. But the nutrition content doesn't stop there - it's also jam packed with manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, copper and iron.
Brown rice really needs no introduction - it has been a staple of the healthy diet for centuries because it's filling and pairs well with vegetables and legumes. Nutritionally speaking, it's an excellent source of manganese and fiber and contains important minerals like selenium and magnesium.
A plate with grains and vegetables is incomplete without legumes. They add a big protein punch and are an inexpensive way to feed your hunger. There are many varieties - black beans and lentils among the most popular - which contain high amounts of potassium, fiber, B vitamins, iron, zinc, folate and manganese.
Kale is the queen of green vegetables and belongs on a throne in your refrigerator at all times. It has a dense nutritional value of vitamins B, C and K and calcium.
Bananas provide a natural energy boost due to their sugar and potassium content, and are therefore a great caffeine alternative when you need a little extra oomph in your day. Plus, they're high in vitamin C. So, if you're tired of oranges, you know where to turn!
As for other items on your shopping list, here are some more tips to eating healthy without emptying out your wallet: