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13 Ways to Eat Healthier on a Budget

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4. Add more beans to your diet. Beans are not only the “magical fruit” they can work magic on your budget since they are super nutritious and cheap. Dried beans can be cooked effortlessly overnight in a slow cooker. Place 1 cup dried beans and 6 cups water in a slow cooker before going to bed and cook on low overnight. Drain and rinse in the morning and they are ready for use in your soup, stew, chili, salad, or other recipes.

5. Eat more vegetarian meals. Meat tends to be more expensive (not to mention takes a higher toll on the environment and your body).

6. Take a page from the chef’s notebook: use mirepoix as a base for many soups, stews, and rice dishes. Mirepoix is a fancy-sounding French word simply means chopped onions, celery, and carrots. These are among the cheapest vegetables and they add lots of flavor to your meals.

7. Shop at your local farmers markets instead of grocery stores as much as possible. Most farmers’ market food doesn’t have the built-in costs of lengthy transportation, distributors, warehousing, and other costs. Plus, the food is fresher and frequently more nutritious, and eating locally is better for the environment.

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Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 17-time book author and board-certified doctor of natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and her new book The Probiotic Promise. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.


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10:35AM PDT on Apr 22, 2014

Great Post! Great ideas! Don and I CAN! :-))

5:55AM PDT on Apr 21, 2014

This is a real good article. I am already doing much of this like making my own snacks and I am a vegetarian so that saves a lot of money right there. Never felt better in my life.

2:17AM PDT on Apr 21, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

8:49AM PST on Dec 13, 2013

Good to remember!

5:04AM PDT on Sep 25, 2013

Money can't buy much

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2:42PM PDT on Apr 18, 2012

thanks for sharing

9:42AM PDT on Mar 28, 2012

Great advice! I am showing this to lots of people I know!

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