10 Under $1 Cheap Healthy Food

WatermelonEverything is expensive nowadays; even your health is expensive.  In 2007, food prices increased by 4%; this increase is the highest since 1990.  The increases just don’t stop.  The reason for these increases is the skyrocketing prices of oil as well as the role bio-fuels have in food price increase.

Fortunately, there are actually ways of selecting food items that are good for you and won’t bust your pocket at the same time.

Here are ten items you can do to eat healthy and maintain that healthy lifestyle (below $1!) and protect your checkbooks!

$0.05 For 2 cloves of Garlic

Vampires, along with hypertension and cancer, have one thing in common – they all stay away from garlic.  This pungent spice can improve your immune system; protect you from hypertension, osteoporosis and some forms of cancer.  It is a very good natural antibiotic and also that protects you from many forms of bacteria, fungi, virus, and parasites.  Allicin, which is garlic’s active chemical ingredient, disperses in an hour, so instead of swallowing a whole clove of garlic, or a garlic pill, eat crushed fresh garlic!  Try adding some garlic to your vegetable juice as the chlorophyll in the juice can keep the pungency at bay.

$0.59 For 1 Pound Slice of Watermelon

Cancer fighting phytochemicals like lycopene, beta-carotene, and citrullin (converted to arginine upon consumption, which is good for the heart, circulatory and immune system) can be found in the summery, refreshing, cheap, watermelon.  Watermelon can also enhance sexual performance on the side!  Arginine can also remove ammonia and other toxic compounds from your body.

$0.62 For 8 ounces of Raw Organic Milk

The press has been very cruel to raw milk despite it being one of the most nutritious food items you can find.  Pasteurization destroys most of the nutrients in milk, so raw milk does not just taste better, but contains more nutrients as well.  It is difficult to find raw milk, though, because it is not commercially available.  The reason for this is that this food product has been widely discredited because of its effects on the pasteurized milk market.  If raw milk was widely available, this would cause the dairy industry to spend more to improve their products.

$0.79 For 2 Capsules of Krill Oil

Nowadays, fish can be dangerous because of the danger of them containing heavy metals from marine contamination. Krill oil, which comes from the Neptune krill, is a means of getting all the benefits you get from fish without the fish.  It is a powerful antioxidant containing essential omega-3 acids.  Krill oil can help keep your heart healthy, keep joints in good condition, fight aging, improve nervous system and brain condition, control cholesterol levels, improves mood and keep skin glowing and healthy. Krill oil has antioxidants that are not found even in fish and cod liver oil; it is also easily absorbed and is very stable.

Raw Nuts and Seeds

$0.82 For 1 ounce of raw sunflower seeds; $1.00 for ½ ounce of mixed raw nuts

If you need an alternative to protein acquired from meat, you can look for nuts.  Other than walnuts though, most nuts contain omega-6 fats, and since the American ratio for Omega-6 and Omega -3 is 1:1, eating too much nuts can upset this balance.  Be aware of how much nuts you consume, do not overeat, especially when you have high levels of insulin.  Nuts can be very good for hypertensives, as well as for those suffering from excess weight, hypercholesterolemia, and diabetes.  Try to stay away from peanuts also because these can be laden with pesticides or may contain the carcinogenic mold, aflatoxin.  Seeds, on the other hand have fewer carbohydrates but are high in omega-6, except for chia and flax seeds.  Flax is a good source of lignin fiber and the freshest good fats.

$0.84 For 2 Cage Free Organic Eggs

Eggs can be very healthy food, but not all eggs are the same.  The best option for this kind of food is to find free-range organic eggs.  This means that the chickens who laid these eggs have external access when it comes to feeding processes.  You can get in touch with free-range pasture farmers through Eat Wild. If the grocery is your only source for your eggs, stay away from eggs with omega-3 because the chickens that produce these eggs are fed poor quality oxidized omega-3 fat which is bad for your health.  Contrary to popular belief, eggs are best eaten raw because the cooking process can release allergens which are why this food item is usually the most allergenic of foods.  Raw eggs contain lutein and zeaxanthin, macular degeneration preventing nutrients, which are lost with cooking.  Don’t worry, raw eggs are not a likely source of salmonella poisoning.

$0.95 For A Cup of Fresh Organic Berries

The planet has so many good things for us, berries are one of these. Phytochemicals are abundant in berries and they also taste really good, plus they are very high in fiber and low in sugar, hence, preventing drastic insulin spikes with moderate consumption. Of course, berries are best eaten raw because processing procedures like heating and freezing can destroy the antioxidants in the berries. In comparison to other fruits and vegetables, blueberries are the most packed with antioxidants. The blue color of blueberries come from anthocyanin which is a very beneficial phytochemical. Other than this, it also contains vitamin A and C, zinc, potassium, iron, calcium, and magnesium.  Blueberries can protect you from urinary tract infection, cancer, age related health conditions, and brain damage from strokes.  A European variety of this berry known as the bilberry can prevent and even reverse macular degeneration. Another berry that is also famous for its effects on urinary tract infections, cancer, stroke and heart disease is the cranberry which is rich in polyphenols, a substance that reduces the risk of gum disease, gastric ulcers, and inhibits the growth of breast cancer cells. Cranberries, like blueberries, are best eaten whole and fresh or added to vegetable juice as a sweetener. Other berries that are good in preventing cancer are strawberries which contain anthocyanins and ellagic acid and raspberries which contain anthocyanins, ellagic, coumaric, and ferulic acid, vitamin A, C, E, fiber and folic acid.

$0.95 For 5 ounces of Fresh Organic Spinach

The more vegetables in your diet, the more beneficial your diet becomes.  Popeye was not lying, after all, when he said that spinach is very very good for you.  This vegetable has a very high Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) which means that it can easily destroy the free radicals in your body that cause cell damage.  It is also very rich in antioxidants.  The ORAC score of spinach is so high that the only items that can par with it are prunes, raisins, blueberries, strawberries, and kale.  There is no risk in eating too much vegetable, unlike fruits that have to be consumed moderately.  There is research to show that spinach can also help in avoiding memory loss in Alzheimer’s disease.  Spinach also contains folic acid which can help in hypertension, lutein and zeaxanthin, which can help prevent age-related macular degeneration.

$0.98 For 7 ounces of Coconut Milk

Other than getting it from macaroons, coconut milk is very nutritious.  It contains triglycerides which are helpful in metabolism and in fighting off pathogens like virus, bacteria, and fungi. It can be used for many things from being a milk substitute to making delicious sauces, dressings, and desserts. The only comparison we can make to coconut milk in terms of its triglyceride content is human breast milk. Unlike other oils that break down easily, coconut oil is also very stable and does not oxidize. Coconut oil is a good source of beneficial fat for our bodies because the triglyceride in it promotes thermogenesis which produces energy and increases metabolism. It is also very good for thyroid function and digestion.

$0.99 Per Serving of Wild Rice

Wild rice is not really a rice!  It is the annual aquatic seed from freshwater lakes in Canada, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota known as Zizania Aquatica.  It is very high in nutritional contents like protein, fiber, minerals, B vitamins, folic acid, niacin, zinc, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium and complex carbohydrates.  There is no other grain that comes close.  It can be used for pilafs and breakfast cereals, as stuffing or as an additional ingredient in salads.

Begin to eat healthy and keep your bank account safe.  These healthy lifestyle eating options can give you the well-being that you are looking for and not set you back financially.  What better options are there?

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