The Best Foods for Eating Well on a Budget
This list is a good reminder that there are many healthy options out there. Take advantage of the variety and get cooking!
• Seafood: Perch, tuna, squid, whiting or silver hake. The EWG recommends limiting perch and tuna to just once a month to limit exposure to mercury and other contaminants, a more stringent guideline than that suggested by the FDA.
• Beans & More: The most common beans made the list as best buys—black beans, black-eyed peas, chickpeas, lentils, pinto and red kidney beans. And with good reason: they’re high in protein and fiber and deliver a decent amount of iron. Eggs also fit the bill as a best buy.
• Nuts & Seeds: Hazelnuts, peanuts (roasted and unsalted), sunflower seeds and walnuts made the list. Walnuts are a particularly good choice, offering heart-healthy omega-3 fats.
• Meat: Turkey—don’t save turkey just for Thanksgiving. It’s a bargain year-round, says the EWG.