8. Broccoli, cauliflower and other low-cost veggies
Broccoli, carrots and cauliflower all cost under $.50 per serving — and they aid in weight loss too! Filling up on veggies, which are low in calories, help you feel full and are packed with vitamins and minerals.
According to Health Magazine, cooked or raw, cruciferous vegetables like broccoli are known for their cancer-preventing powers, fiber and ability to prevent weight gain. They also have tons of vitamin C, vitamin A, folate, calcium, iron and potassium.
Bonus: Green tea
Though green tea isn’t a food, it’s a great low-cost beverage to consume loaded with nutritional benefits, according to researchers. ‘It’s the healthiest thing I can think of to drink,’ Christopher Ochner, PhD. said to Web MD.
Green tea has polyphenols like flavonoids and catechins, which function as powerful antioxidants. Not only that, it contains the amino acid L-theanine, which can reduce anxiety and improve brain function. But besides all its health benefits, in some studies, green tea has been shown to boost metabolism and help people burn fat. You can find green tea at Walmart for about $.06 per serving!