For some, the road to healthy eating is a revolution; for others, it’s an evolution. Wherever you are in your health journey, it pays to partner with nutrient-dense foods.
If you’re aiming for a smart start in 2014, here’s a taste of some of our favorite best-bang-for-your-buck foods for inspiration.
Nutrition: Grapefruit offers fiber and vitamin C, beneficial phytonutrients and some vitamin A too.
Money-saving tip: Watch for sales and stock up while it’s in season. Have extra? Freeze the segments or juice them.
Nutrition: They deliver the plant-based omega-3 fatty acid, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), as well as magnesium.
Money-saving tip: Buy just what you need in the bulk bins. Any extras can be frozen.
Ideas: Chop them and add to your favorite salad, veggie dish, rice pilaf or yogurt. Fold them into your favorite muffin or quick bread batter too.
Nutrition: They provide loads of nutrients, including powerful antioxidants, calcium and fiber.
Money-saving tip: Don't waste the stems! Use them in longer-cooking soups and stews.
Nutrition: Brown rice is a “good carb” that helps balance your diet and fill you up. It also delivers selenium.
Money-saving tip: Frozen 365 Everyday Value® Organic Whole Grain Brown Rice is a Sure Deal worth checking out.
Ideas: Make a big pot and stuff peppers or toss with roasted vegetables. Try it after dinner too; Almond Brown Rice Pudding is a rich mixture that's not too sweet.
Beans & Lentils
Nutrition: Beans are most notable for their fiber but they also provide iron, potassium, folate and filling protein.
Money-saving tip: Cook your own beans and lentils rather than reaching for canned versions. (Download the coupon.)
Nutrition: They offer fiber, protein and manganese plus polyphenols and iron.
Money-saving tip: Shop the bulk bins or buy a bag or box instead of packets.
Ideas: Enjoy sweet or savory slow-cooker oatmeal or Apple-Cinnamon Oat Squares.
Nutrition: It’s a good source of vitamins A and C.
Money-saving tip: Buy whole squash rather than precut. (And cook it whole!)
Ideas: Roast, cube and add it to salads, whole grains, soups and pasta. Mash it with garlic, tamari and sesame oil. Add puréed butternut squash to mac and cheese or thinly slice it for a pizza topping.
Nutrition: Avocados are packed with fiber, plus heart-healthy monounsaturated fats.
Money-saving tip: Ripen them on your countertop. Once ripe, they’ll last several days longer in the refrigerator.
And there are even more tools and tips in the healthy eating section of our website.
What’s your favorite nutrient-dense food this winter? How you do recommend preparing it?