Eat Right, Stay Healthy, and Do It All on a Budget

Low cost diet

Did you know that, obese adults account for more than one-third, or more than 33%, or the U.S. population, and that 12.5 million American children and teenagers are overweight? Obesity is more prevalent in the United States than ever, and just about everyone is talking about it. Major news outlets, however, tend to just state the facts, that more people are overweight, instead of offering solutions to the problem. Tackle obesity head-on, and cook healthy family recipes without breaking the bank.

What Are Some Staples of a Healthy Diet?

Obesity can cause a number of life-altering, and at times even life-threatening, health conditions, including hypertension, diabetes, some types of cancer, and crucial nutrient deficiencies. Many argue that eating healthy foods, especially organic foods, can come with a high price tag. There is some ongoing debate even among some of the most prestigious sources, including Washington University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, about the practicality of a low cost diet plan.

There are, however, some undeniable truths. M.D. Christine Gerbstadt reminds us, “People don’t always seem to get that it’s cheaper to splurge on something you think is a luxury at the supermarket than to go out to a restaurant.” Some nutrient-packed foods, in spite of the debate, remain relatively low cost. Fiber-rich black beans, protein-packed eggs and tuna, and generally nutritious milk, low-fat yogurt, bananas, and kale, can all be purchased on a relatively modest income.

What Are the Best Ways to Prepare Nutrient-Packed Foods?

Danish research reveals that high-protein diets help promote weight loss, and, in fact, dieters consuming large amounts of protein are more likely to shed stubborn belly fat. Kale contains a range of nutrients nearly equal to that of an over-the-counter multivitamin, and bananas help curb hunger cravings, and provide a source of natural carbohydrates. The question then is, what are the best ways to serve them?

One of the best, and easiest ways, to prepare kale and to stick to a low cost diet plan, for example, is to make kale chips. Kale chips require only three ingredients, fresh kale, sea salt, and a drizzle of olive oil, and baking kale helps curb its naturally bitter taste. Eggs and bananas, on the other hand, give dieters any number of options. Dieters can top scrambled eggs with tablespoon of salsa for a protein-packed, low-calorie breakfast, or use bananas in oatmeal and cereal, eat them as a snack, or even freeze bananas for a unique dessert.

Low cost diet plans are feasible. Skip the ongoing debate about cost per calorie and cost per nutrient, and opt, instead, for low cost staples, like black beans, eggs, milk, tuna, kale, and fresh bananas.