Have heard over and over that “eating healthy is more expensive than eating unhealthy”. This is simply not true. There are a variety of extremely healthy foods that can be bought cheap and even in bulk for crazy savings! I will get into my personal favorites.
In Carb Arena – Steel Cut Oats
Steel Cut Oats are a steal 🙂 at Whole Foods or Wild Oats. I just picked up a huge bag at Wild Oats for $0.89 per pound! A 1/4 cup (dry), contains:
6 grams of protein
3 grams of fat
29 grams of carbohydrates
5 grams of fiber
0 mg of sodium
After reading the above, some of you may be shocked at the 29g of carbs, but let me explain. Steel cut (or Irish) oats are more natural than other oats and are much more nutritious. They go through minimal processing- usually just steamed and cut. These vary considerably from rolled Quaker Oats or other similar products on the market which go through a lot of processing and are loaded up with sugar. This food is a complex carbohydrate. Your body will take much longer to process and absorb the nutrients. What this gives you is:
You will be less hungry and will be less inclined to snack on garbage!
A great dose of necessary carbs. Your body needs approximately 130 grams of carbohydrates per day in order to produce adequate glucose for your brain. If you are on a low carb diet, then your body can adjust and compensate by spiking the ketoacid production in the liver (ketosis). These ketoacids are then used as an alternative fuel for your brain. There are numerous negative issues that arise with ketosis. The next time you see someone that is irritable or not functioning normally, ask them if they are on a low-carb diet and toss them a couple large yams!
Another food along the same lines as steel cut oats is couscous, which has similar nutritional values- (162 Calories, 5.5 g protein, 0.2 g fat, 33 g carbs, 2g fiber, 0 mg sodium).
In the Protein Arena – Tuna
Fish is extremely healthy for you. It provides high protein and healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Canned tuna is very cheap, you can pick it up at your local grocery store for about $0.20/ounce (even cheaper when they have big sales!). Oh, and if you haven’t seen it yet, check out the Discovery Channel’s Tuna Wranglers show. You will learn how they catch tons of tuna at a time and even see them wrestle sharks out of the tuna nets!
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