Budget-Friendly Tips for Heart-Healthy Eating

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Heart-healthy eating can be good for your bottom line, as long as you plan ahead, shop smart and keep it simple.

Spend a few minutes learning which healthy foods are a good deal and formulating a nutritional game plan. Make your shopping list, and locate the best food stores or vendors before you head out the door.

Buying the right foods

A heart-friendly diet emphasizes fresh vegetables and fruits, whole grains and beans and lean protein.

Home cooking for on-budget health

Sometimes, the simplest way is the best way. Old-fashioned meal preparation makes sense for your heart and your budget. You might be pleasantly surprised to find out how far your dollars stretch when you buy raw ingredients and create your own entrees, snacks and sauces.

Here are some tips that will help you in making good choices for your health and your bottom line.

Meats

Vegetable dishes

Vegetables and beans are nutrient dense and have lots of healthy fiber. Make a meat-free meal, or add vegetables and whole grains to meat dishes to make them healthier and cheaper.

Some whole grains, such as oats, help to “soak up” bad LDL cholesterol, which reduces your risk for clogged arteries.

Try a meatless chili or bean soup for a hearty source of protein and fiber.

Treats

Eating healthy and on budget shouldn’t come at the expense of taste and variety.

When you want a treat, reach for dark chocolate, dried fruits and walnuts or frozen fruit (such as grapes, bananas, mangoes, berries and pineapple.) These foods all have heart-healthy properties and can be affordable when purchased in moderate amounts.

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