Inexpensive, healthy food tips

The foundation foods of your meal plan — beans, rice, and whole-grain breads — are inexpensive? You can also fill your cupboards with other nutritious foods using these tips:

1.     For snacks, try popcorn, pretzels, or cereal.

2.     Fresh vegetables in season are a great buy. Otherwise, canned and frozen vegetables are similar nutritionally.

3.     Buy fruits in season for the best taste and bargain prices, and give the local farmer’s market a try.

4.     Buy or make plain yogurt and add your own fresh fruit.

5.     Use powdered fat-free milk for cooking and baking — it’s inexpensive and stays fresh for a long time if      the box is refrigerated.

6.     Make meat a side dish rather than the whole meal, or make meatless meals throughout the week.

7.     Choose fats, sweets, and alcohol less often to benefit both your budget and your health.