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Knowing how to eat healthy on a budget

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Many people know the basics to healthy eating, but with so many options in the grocery store including regular or organic, it can be difficult to tell how to get the best value for your money. Clinical nutritionist, Heidi Kaufman said, “Nutritionally they are very much identical, so you're not getting a poorer product in terms of the overall nutrition. Organic foods tend to be more expensive.” Kaufman said you are also going to pay more for individual fruits than you will for larger bagged portions. Head down the bread aisle and there are plenty of choices. Whole wheat bread has more nutritional value than white, but after that, brand doesn't matter. “It's not going to make that much of a difference whether you get a high cost whole wheat bread or a low cost whole wheat bread,” added Kaufman. When you are pinching pennies, red meat might be too expensive for some shoppers, but Kauffman said there's a nutritional alternative. “Garbanzo beans, black beans, kidney beans are a great source of protein and they're very inexpensive.” Higher transportation and energy costs have led to higher prices for dairy products at the supermarket. Try investing in other calcium rich foods. Kaufman said, “Calcium also comes in nuts and in vegetables like broccoli and spinach.” And of course, it always helps to shop around for the best price and look for the sales. Kaufmann also said a good set of Tupperware can turn leftovers into lunch. It's cheap, easy, and can be a lot healthier than the alternatives. Choosing generic brands and cutting coupons can also help save a few bucks without sacrificing nutritional value.

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