Go for frozen vegetables
Fresh vegetables can be expensive, but frozen vegetables can actually give you more bang for your buck. Not only are they cheaper, but frozen veggies contain comparable vitamins and minerals when compared to fresh veggies. “Skip frozen vegetables that include a sauce or seasoning,” says Pam Nisevich Bede, MS, RD, a dietitian for Abbott’s EAS Sports Nutrition. “Often, you’re paying extra for salt and cheaply made sauces.”
Eat oats for breakfast
When it comes to eating healthy on a budget, oats are a go-to for a quick breakfast or even in baking. “Oats are also a great source of beta-glucan, which is a fiber known to reduce cholesterol and improve cardiovascular health,” says Bede. “I often buy oats in bulk from the farmer’s market. They’re high quality and inexpensive.” Many supermarkets also offer oats in bulk. Here are 14 cheap, healthy meals you can make in 20 minutes or less.