It seems like hardly a day goes by without some new superfood being hyped by the media.
At this point if you sat down to a meal made of all the superfoods that, according to experts, you simply must eat if you want to be healthy … let’s just say there would be enough food in front of you to feed an army.
And some of these superfoods are ridiculously expensive! Like acai berries. Four ounces of acai powder goes for $14.47 at discount food stores like Walmart. That’s nearly $60 per pound!
Here’s the thing. Despite at the hype and the stupid-expensive price tags, some superfoods really are worth eating. And if you choose carefully, eating more superfoods doesn’t have to mean a higher grocery bill.
That’s why I’ve put together this list of the most affordable superfoods and how they can benefit your health.
Eat These Superfoods for Better Health without Busting Your Grocery Budget
A superfood is basically just a food that is dense in valuable nutrients like antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals and also doesn’t have any of the bad-for-you stuff like processed sugar or trans fats. A lot of the superfoods that get touted in media articles are exotic foods like acai berries, chia seeds, and maca root.
What you might not realize is that a lot of familiar foods are superfoods.
To make my list, a superfood has to cost under $10 a pound, it has to be something you can find at most grocery stores, and it has to be something that actually tastes good. Let’s get to it.
Rhubarb: I can remember as a kid, picking rhubarb stalks and eating them raw with a little sugar on them. Little did I know, I was enjoying one of nature’s cheapest super foods. Rhubarb runs about $2 a pound from your grocery or your local farmer’s market. Or you can grow it yourself. It’s a hardy plant that doesn’t need a lot of TLC to thrive.
Rhubarb is a great source of fiber. It’s rich in calcium and vitamins C and K. The nutrients in rhubarb are particularly good for supporting strong, healthy bones and good circulation.
Lentils: When cooked right and seasoned well, lentils make for a tasty soup that packs in the fiber and protein. They are also rich in B-vitamins. Unlike beans, lentils cook up in under a half hour without any presoaking. They also cost under a dollar per pound.
The fiber in lentils make them good for lowering cholesterol and helping to regulate blood sugar. That means less risk of heart disease and type-2 diabetes.
Kale: This dark leafy green makes a hearty addition to soups and stews. You can also sauté it with a little salt and pepper for a tasty alternative to spinach. It’s works well in pasta dishes, too. Kale is about 60 cents per serving. It delivers a powerful mix of antioxidants, vitamin A, and vitamin K.
In terms of health benefits, kale is good for your eyes, your bones, and your immune system.
Green Tea: At about 10 cents a serving, green tea is one of the easiest and cheapest superfoods to take advantage of. The antioxidants in green tea are particularly good for your heart. They support your immune system, too. And they may even help you maintain a healthy weight.
Eggs: Sure, eggs get a bad wrap because they are high in natural cholesterols. But eggs offer up a perfect balance of protein. It’s so good, in fact, that the World Health Organization uses eggs as a benchmark when rating the quality of other proteins. Eggs deliver plenty of other nutrients as well, including vitamin D, omega-3 essential fatty acids, and selenium—all nutrients crucial to a strong immune system.
And, at about $2 a dozen, they’re certainly affordable.
With this list of everyday superfoods, which are all ridiculously inexpensive, you can eat better and healthier—and tastier, too—without emptying your wallet.
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