Everyone is on a budget these days and that, no doubt, influences our weekly grocery bill. The silver lining to tighter purse strings may result in a more simplified and pure pantry. Contrary to popular belief, eating healthy can be cheap. In fact, a bag of chips will run you 40% more than a pound of seasonal, fresh produce. Moral of the story, steer clear of the aluminum bags and focus on these cost-effective staples.
1) Frozen veggies and fruit. Just as nutritious and will last much longer than fresh produce.
2) Quick oats. Target recently advertised their brand for $1.99 a canister. Perfect for an easy, high fiber breakfast or snack.
3) Store brand Greek yogurt. Trader Joe’s brand is usually around $.99 for a 6 oz serving. Greek yogurt is an excellent source of vitamins, minerals and protein.
4) Lean, ground turkey. I can usually find 99% lean ground turkey at Shoprite for a bargain $2.99/lb. Take that sirloin!
5) Beans and lentils. A perfect option for a heart healthy, meatless meal with a decent shelf-life. Incorporate into soups, salads or even on pizza for a balanced meal.