When approaching a new diet plan, many find that it can be more expensive than eating poorly. Processed, frozen foods are not only the easier option, but they're the cheaper one too. Today on Dr. Oz, he presents a diet plan that doesn't break the bank with every serving at $1 or less. Here are some of our tips for eating healthy while keeping your budget in mind.
- Buy produce on sale. If you check the coupons or weekly deals in your Sunday paper, you can always find good deals on different fruit and produce. Rather than going to the store with a strict meal plan in mind, look through the deals and plan around it. Also, according to SmartMoney.com, Sunday evenings are the best time to go grocery shopping and take advantage of all those deals.
- Invest in magic beans. Beans are a great diet food and they come cheap. They are packed with fiber and are low in fat, and a 16 oz bag only costs about $1. That's around 13 servings for under ten cents each. WebMD calls beans a superfood because they're rich in protein like meat, but save on the fat. Many even use beans as a meat substitute. Plus the fiber and water content help you feel fuller faster.
- Have an egg. Even if you opt for the more expensive organic farm raised eggs, you probably aren't going to pay more than $5 for a dozen which means around 50 cents per egg tops. Eggs sometimes get a bad rap for their cholesterol and fat content, but they pack a lot of protein in a small space. Try eating one whole egg and one egg white for a low fat, high protein breakfast.
- Get some fish. Cans of tuna and sardines are usually very low price, and are low calorie as well. They provide protein and, according to the American Heart Association (AHA), are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to reduce LDL, or bad cholesterol. There is some concern about mercury levels, but according to the AHA, up to 12 oz per week of low-mercury fish like canned light tuna and salmon are safe.
Dieting doesn't have to break the bank. Shop smart and you can get good deals on really good food.