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Yes, You Can Eat Healthy on a Budget

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Fruits and vegetables are essential for a strong body and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but purchasing produce can be challenging when you are trying to stretch a tight budget.

Budget-conscious shoppers may be tempted to bypass produce in favor of pre-packaged processed foods that appear to have more bang for the buck.

In the short-term this may seem like a good idea, “but the total cost isn’t reflected in how much you pay for your meal in the immediate moment, it’s the cumulative cost of what those decisions cost you over a lifetime,” writes Dr. Mark Hyman. Hyman is a family physician, best-selling author and Chairman of the Institute for Functional Medicine in Federal Way, Washington.

Experts say on average, people who eat unhealthy foods pay $1,500 per year more on health care over their lifetime than those that eat healthy.

Research shows eating a diet high in fruit and vegetables lowers the risk of chronic disease, such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, obesity-related cancers and arthritis, among others.

Fruits and vegetables of different colors give your body a wide range of valuable nutrients, like fiber, folate, potassium, and vitamins A and C and most are naturally low in calories, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC recommends filling one-half of your plate each meal with produce.

The best part is eating healthy doesn’t have to break the bank. Try these tips to eat healthy on a budget.

Grow Your Own

If you've got a yard, make some of that valuable real estate work for you by starting a garden. Growing your own food can yield the biggest value for a small investment.

Pick an area in your yard that gets a sufficient amount of sunlight (at least six hours a day). If you're not an experienced gardener, start small and pick easy-to-grow produce that thrives in your area and suits your personal taste.

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Healthy eating practices are more often helpful for us; but it is quite tough for an individual to get sufficient amount of healthy diet with simultaneously maintain a beneficial budget, as we well known with the fact that healthy diet and recipes affects our budgets. Research says that to have healthy diet and recipe we used spend more and more penny from our pocket.
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March 4, 2013 - 4:08am

yeah growing fruits and vegetables in your own kitchen gardens is an healthy and an economical option than buying them from the market... i have guava tree apricot tree in my garden.. i enjoy eating those fruits....

January 10, 2013 - 10:20pm

Growing your own also has the benefit of getting outside and active which is also healthy for you. I have grown tomatoes etc in pots on our deck with good success. Usually buy the majority at our local farm market though. Eating more fruits and veggies is always a good idea for your health!

November 24, 2012 - 4:37am
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