Everyone knows fruits and vegetables are good for you.
What millions of people do not know, however, is how to enjoy fruits and vegetables on a budget.
Depending on where you are and what your nutritional options are, maintaining a healthy diet can be difficult.
It is unfortunate that in many cases, eating unhealthy is the far cheaper option.
There are ways to minimize these expenses and shop savvy, which will, in turn, allow you to give your body the healthiest possible foods on the planet.
Build a strong, healthy body by knowing when and where to get your fruits and vegetables, and which ones are the best for you and your family.
Canned and Frozen: Get It For Cheap
For a lot of people, fresh fruit and vegetables are simply not an option due to their geographical circumstances.
Whether you are in an urban area or a part of the world that has limited access to a fresh vegetable garden, consider buying canned and frozen foods.
Look for store brands in supermarkets to get the best value, and stock up on vegetables that go on sale when they are in season.
One spectacular benefit of canned and frozen fruits and veggies is their shelf life.
You can purchase them in bulk and freeze them for a later date.
Farmers’ Markets: So Fresh and So Cheap
Not all farmers’ markets are cheap and some are even particularly expensive. Organic food can often be much pricier than frozen food.
If, however, you have a few farmers’ markets in your area or within a commutable distance, check them out. Browse around for the best deals because some more established markets actually give you the best possible value.
Be sure not to overbuy fresh fruits and vegetables though. Bulk up with canned and frozen foods so that you always have them, but be conscious of how soon you will be eating these foods.
You do not want your lettuce wilting on you or your apples rotting. (Bonus tip: Consider freezing fresh veggies if you happen to find them cheaper than the canned supermarket stuff.)
When to Eat What
When fruits and vegetables are in season, there are an abundance of them, particularly at farmers’ markets, and so they are cheaper.
Here’s a beginner’s breakdown of when to buy fruits and veggies in season.
|Fruits||Mangoes, pineapples and strawberries||Blueberries, kiwi, peaches, tomatoes and watermelon||Apples and grapes||Grapefruit and oranges (depending on where you are)|
|Veggies||Broccoli, cauliflower and mushrooms||Corn, cucumbers, peppers, summer squash (when else?) and zucchini||
Cabbage, pumpkins, spinach, winter squash (this one starts a little early!)
|Brussels sprouts, leeks and sweet potatoes|
There are more comprehensive lists out there that you should definitely check out, but this one should get you started!
What’s Good For What?
Everyone Needs a Healthy Heart
Are you an active person? Do you work out with cardio exercises like jogging around or running on treadmills? You will need a healthy heart.
WebMD has some eye-opening information about what to put in your body if you want to keep ticking. Black beans and kidney beans are a great addition to any meal, and your heart will love the B vitamins and calcium they provide. Carrots and blueberries are heart-healthy snacks too!
Alimentary, My Dear Watson…
Much as even the best gasoline in the world couldn’t get you smoothly through roads riddled with potholes, your body cannot properly digest the good foods you are giving it unless you keep your digestive tract in good shape.
You can’t do much better than prunes when it comes to maintaining a healthy intestinal tract.
And beans, Brussels sprouts and spinach are among the many vegetables rich with protein, an essential part of any good digestive diet.
The nervous system is responsible for the rest of the body, so keep it healthy! (Plus, who doesn’t want a sharp, keen mind?)
Avocados, blueberries and beans* are all great brain food. * Come to think of it, beans are good for just every function of the body!
A supplement that we recommend, and that we believe should be an essential part of everyone’s nutritional plan, is Xtend-Life‘s Omega 3 QH Ultra. It is highly effective, contains CoQ10 WITH ubiquinol (this is crucial) and is manufactured with stringent attention to purity and efficacy.
Go Easy On Your Body (And Your Wallet)
If you keep these tips in mind, you will soon find your diet packed with all the nutritional necessities you need, and you will be able to do this without breaking the bank. Assess your options and become a fruit and vegetable maniac!
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