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25 Healthiest Foods for Under $1

With New Year’s resolutions right around the corner, and the post-Christmas budget pinch ambushing our wallets, it’s time to revamp those indulgent holiday eating plans, and rethink the way we’ve been doing dinner. After reading Michael Pollan’s Food Rules book this weekend, I decided to sit down and make a list of the most healthiest and most affordable foods found in the grocery store and farmers market stands. I also pulled together 25 recipes from The Family Kitchen which feature these foods, because I believe one of the best ways to get healthy and stay in a budget is to have a recipe and a plan. Here are 25 healthy foods which can be purchased for a dollar, and 25 incredible recipes to go with each of the food picks.

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  • Tofu 1 of 25
    Tofu
    A pack of Tofu costs about a buck and is packed with healthy soy protein.
    Click for the recipe from Salt and Pepper Tofu Triangles
  • Sardines 2 of 25
    Sardines
    Sardines offer heart-healthy oils. Where many larger fish populations are suffering from overfishing, the smaller fishes like mackerel, sardines, and anchovies, remain well regulated and highly healthful.
    Try our recipe for The World's Best Sardine Sandwich
  • Spinach 3 of 25
    Spinach
    Spinach has a high nutritional value and is extremely rich in antioxidants, especially when fresh, steamed, or quickly boiled. Better yet, it's cheap!
    Try our recipe for Spinach and Ricotta Stuffed Portabello.
  • Whole-Grain Pasta 4 of 25
    Whole-Grain Pasta
    Whole Grain Pasta takes a classic dinner treat and pumps up the nutrition, without swapping out any of the taste at all!
    Get our recipe for Green Alphabet Pasta
  • Almonds 5 of 25
    Almonds
    Raw almonds can be purchased in bulk at most health food stores to offset the typically high prices of prepacked nuts. Full of essential nutrients and low in saturated fats, you can eat these sweet flavored nuts raw or mixed into a variety of meals.
    Try our recipe for Raw Vegan Almond "Tuna" Sandwiches
  • Canned Tomatoes 6 of 25
    Canned Tomatoes
    Canned Tomatoes are always at the ready when you have them in the pantry, and offer crazy amounts of lycopene which has been proven to fight some cancers.
    Try our recipe for Tortilla Soup
  • Lentils 7 of 25
    Lentils
    Lentils are one of the best sources of vegan protein. They cook quickly and cost just a few cents per ounce.
    Try our recipe for Vegan Red Lentil Soup.
  • Yogurt 8 of 25
    Yogurt
    Yogurt offers a quick source of dairy and protein. It's cheap, healthful, and sweet enough to replace dessert.
    Try our recipe for Homemade Yogurt Pops.
  • Green Tea 9 of 25
    Green Tea
    Green Tea is a mild drink, proven to offer significant cancer-fighting benefits. Look for boxes of bulk green tea packets in your grocery sotre that have been created in the U.S.A to ensure top notch food standards.
    Click for the recipe from Watermelon Green Tea Punch
  • Cauliflower 10 of 25
    Cauliflower
    Cauliflower is low in fat and carbs, but high in dietary fiber, folate, and vitamin C. A head of cauliflower will set you back about 2 bucks, but it can easily serve up to 4 family members!
    Try our recipe for Curried Cauliflower Cracklins
  • Potatoes 11 of 25
    Potatoes
    Potatoes are filling and starchy, and full of phytochemicals, carotenoids, and natural phenols.
    Try our recipe for Hasselback Potatoes
  • Hummus 12 of 25
    Hummus
    Garbanzo Beans can be purchased dried or in can form, and mixed into Indian dishes, salads, or pureed into homemade hummus for a filling, healthful meal.
    Try our recipe for Roasted Red Pepper Hummus.
  • Peanut Butter 13 of 25
    Peanut Butter
    Peanut Butter. So it's the rare sale when you can find a whole jar for one dollar, but per serving, peanut butter is cheap and packs a protein punch. Look for the natural varieties that don't add sugar and other unneccesary preservatives in the mix.
    Try our recipe for Chocolate-covered Peanut Butter Rice Cake Sandwiches
  • Popcorn 14 of 25
    Popcorn
    When air- popped, popcorn is high in fiber, low in calories and fat, contains no sodium, and is sugar free.
    Try our recipe for this simple, tasty Afterschool Popcorn Snack
  • Canned Tuna 15 of 25
    Canned Tuna
    Canned tuna is a fantastic protein source, and full of omega 3's which is great for heart health, lowering triglycerides and cholesterol, and for brain function. It's also a great source of Vitamin B12, which is necessary for brain and cell functioning!
    Try our recipe for 5 Fantastic Tuna Melts
  • Watermelon 16 of 25
    Watermelon
    Watermelon is filling and low in calories due to the amount of water it holds. It's also packed with a number of antioxidants and vitamins. !
    Try our recipe for No-Bake Watermelon "Nachos"
  • Pinto Beans 17 of 25
    Pinto Beans
    Pinto Beans may just be the cheapest protein source you'll ever find. They are easy to prepare and versatile!
    Try our recipe for Pinto Bean Dip
  • Water 18 of 25
    Water
    Water is available in great abundance, and it's easy to forget how vital it is to our health and diet. Try drinking a glass every time you feel hungry and see if you aren't just thirsty after all.
    Try our recipe for a Pink Coconut Water Frosty
  • Oatmeal 19 of 25
    Oatmeal

    Oats are high in fiber and low in price. Cook up a pot of oatmeal in the morning or mix oats into homemade cookies for a nutritious treat.
    Try our Baked Oatmeal with Blackberries and Ginge

  • Eggs 20 of 25
    Eggs
    A half-dozen eggs cost about a dollar and are one of the least expensive ways to add protein to your diet.
    Try our recipe for Baked Eggs in Bread Bowls
  • Kale 21 of 25
    Kale
    Kale. With Michael Pollan's recent call to eat plants, mostly leaves, bunches of kale offer a cheap, versatile source of high-quality veggies to add to your diet.
    Try our recipe for Kale Chips
  • Bananas 22 of 25
    Bananas
    Bananas offer a hefty dose of potassium, while also making snack time simple with it's fit-in-your-palm size.
    Try our recipe for Banana Split Bites
  • Broccoli 23 of 25
    Broccoli
    Broccoli has been shown a big-time cancer-fighting green. Better yet, it's filling and fibrous and easy to mix into any dinner.
    Try our recipe for Quick Takeout Broccoli Beef
  • Wild Rice 24 of 25
    Wild Rice
    Wild Rice costs just a few cents more than white rice, but is packed with more nutrients and vitamins. Stir it into any recipe that calls for white rice, but remember to plan on the extra cooking time. Wild rice takes longer to cook than white.
    Try our recipe for Wild Rice Salad with Cranberries
  • Beets 25 of 25
    Beets
    Beets are cheap and offer unique antioxidants fight against coronary artery disease and stroke, lower cholesterol levels in the body and have anti-aging effect.
    Try our recipe for Chocolate Beet Cake

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