You might know the basics of eating on a budget: Cook at home as much as possible, buy foods when they’re in season and buy certain items in bulk. But there seems to be this underlying assumption that in order to eat healthy, you have to buy expensive food or that eating cheap involves eating Ramen noodles.
Well, it isn’t true! You just have to know what to buy in order to save and shed some pounds at the same time.
A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2011 discovered the foods linked with weight loss included fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains and yogurt, while weight gain was related to consuming potato chips, potatoes, sugar-sweetened beverages, unprocessed red meats and processed meats.
While it is true that certain healthy items are more expensive, some unhealthy items can be just as expensive, if not more so. But for the most part, you can eat a healthy diet and stick to your budget at the same time.
Here are eight cheap foods, all under $1 per serving, that are healthy for you and can help you lose weight, too. (Note: 7 of these 8 foods are also gluten-free!)