During the current concerns regarding global economic changes and health challenges it seemed logical to write about strategies to eat better for less.

Many people say and think that they are not able to eat healthy foods because it is too expensive. This is a limiting belief which keeps people locked into an unhealthy spiral of fast foods, fake foods and junk foods.

Many healthy and delicious foods are very inexpensive and easy to buy when you know what to look for. People from many countries around the world have done well with stables such as beans and rice, rice and vegetables, green leafy plants, whole grains, root vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds.

The key is to learn simple strategies to plan, shop, prepare and enjoy.”

Below are a few simple lists to open your thoughts to easy, fast and terrific foods.

  1. Make Healthy Salads with Great Greens
  2. Fresh Fruits in Season
  3. Eat Green Leafy Plants
  4. Enjoy Healthy Root Vegetables
  5. Prepare Beans and Lentils
  6. Eat Raw and Lightly Steamed Vegetables
  7. Add Raw Nuts and Seeds to your diet
  8. Add Herbs
  9. Include Sprouted Grains

6 Food Groups to Eat Better for Less

Eating Raw Vegetables

Some favorite raw veggies to add, especially when eating raw are as follows:

Beets, Bell peppers (red, yellow, orange), Bok choy, Carrots, Celery, Cabbage (green, and red), Chinese cabbage, Collard greens, Cucumbers, Jicima, Kale, Mustard greens, Radishes, Lettuce – (romaine, green, red tip, endive, escarole), Onions (green, red, white, yellow), Tomatoes, Turnips

Adding Tasty Fresh Herbs

These are some great choices when adding fresh herbs:

Basil, Cilantro (Coriander), Dandelion, Dill, Marjoram, Mint, Oregano, Parsley, Tarragon, Thyme, Watercress

Best Cooked Vegetables

You may want to incorporate some of these choices in your next cooked veggie meal:

Beets, Bell peppers (red, yellow, orange), Carrots, Onions, Rutabaga, Summer squash (zucchini, yellow, white), Sweet Potatoes, Turnips, Winter squash (acorn, calabasa, spaghetti, hubbard, pumpkin)

Terrific Lightly Steamed Veggies

Try alone, or mix together:

Asparagus, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Edamame, Green beans, Peas

Good Beans & Legumes Choices

You can mix, or make alone:

Beans (black, kidney, navy, red, pinto, white, yellow) Black eye peas, Chick Peas, Garbanzos, Fava beans, Lentils,Lima beans

Sprouted Grains and Seeds

Excellent choices include:

Amaranth, Barley, Buckwheat, Oat Groats, Quinoa, Rice (brown, black, red, purple), Rye Berries, Spelt Berries, Wheat berries, Wild Rice

Our next blog post will be on: Hydrating for Health