Food Talk And Fabulous Finds - 20 Healthiest Foods Under a $1

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07-11-2009, 10:18 PM
"Food prices are climbing, and some might be looking to fast foods and packaged foods for their cheap bites. But low cost doesn’t have to mean low quality. In fact, some of the most inexpensive things you can buy are the best things for you. At the grocery store, getting the most nutrition for the least amount of money means hanging out on the peripheries—near the fruits and veggies, the meat and dairy, and the bulk grains—while avoiding the expensive packaged interior. By doing so, not only will your kitchen be stocked with excellent foods, your wallet won’t be empty."

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07-11-2009, 10:55 PM
Great article chunkychick

Makes me feel better. I just looked at my shopping list for this week and I had almost all of those on my list :D

07-13-2009, 10:37 AM
:D :hug:

07-14-2009, 04:27 AM
Great article! I've added a few items to my basic grocery list. :carrot:

07-14-2009, 11:12 AM
:D :D :hug:

Thighs Be Gone
07-14-2009, 12:17 PM
see below

07-14-2009, 12:18 PM
Nice article!

They mention wild rice, oats, and whole-wheat pasta, but there are lots of other cheap whole grains, too, especially if you buy in bulk. I got a huge bag of Bulgar for $1.50 last time I went to the store (in the Hispanic food section - who knew?). Quinoa and barley are others that I've bought for cheap.

Also, in addition to tofu, another cheap soy product is TVP (textured vegetable protein). If you get the granules or small flakes, you can use it in place of ground meat. And it lasts FOREVER if you store it in your freezer!

I don't know if they left off meat to be vegetarian-friendly or what... but there's definitely meat for under $1 a serving, too! I can find chicken leg quarters for $0.49/lb once in a while (often a big 10lb bag of frozen ones). The cheapest ground beef can be made lean by draining really well and even rinsing it. Or I can usually get 1lb of frozen ground turkey for $2 (which is way more than 2 servings if you stretch it out like I do!). And you can have homemade stock for FREE (well, the cost of gas or electric to run your stove or crock pot) by saving all your bones, chicken skin, veggie ends/peelings, etc.

Thighs Be Gone
07-14-2009, 12:20 PM
Thank you. I love this idea. There are some excellent ideas on the list. Most of them I am doing--I will admit not doing Kale on a regular basis. I absolutely adore my bulk bins at the Farmer's Market. I am happily making my way through them. Quinoa, 6-grain cereal, steel cut oats, Millet, flaxseed, and the list goes on.

I would also have to add tuna to this list of 20.

We should start a list of best finds under $1 as a thread! Maybe OP could?

07-14-2009, 12:23 PM
Good stuff! Of course, prices are different up here in the Great White North and over the Pond.