5 Surprising Ways to Eat Clean and Save Money! (Page 4)

3. Eat Less Meat

Budget Tip: Embrace Beans
Clean eating doesn’t mean giving up meat entirely, but curbing your meat consumption helps you cut back on saturated fat, which can raise your cholesterol and is bad for your heart. To get your daily protein, try beans. Beans are delicious, hearty and can improve cholesterol levels. In fact, a 19-year analysis of the First National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, the nation’s premier health census, found that people who ate beans four or more times a week were 22 percent less likely to develop heart disease than those who ate them less than once weekly. Beans are also inexpensive and don’t require refrigeration, so they are a fantastic pantry staple. For the healthiest and least-expensive option, try dried beans. If using canned, make sure to give the beans a good rinse to remove excess sodium.

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