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23 Foods That Are Healthy and Cheap

23 Foods That Are Healthy and Cheap

People often ask how they can eat a nutritious diet while keeping their grocery bill low. The good news is eating healthily and eating cheaply are not mutually exclusive! In fact, they often go hand in hand. It is the processed foods and eating out at restaurants that expand our waistline and our debt, but if you buy these 20 foods, not only will you be leading a healthier lifestyle, but also your bank account will thank you too!

1. Yogurt

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    We all know milk does a body good, but did you know Yogurt has all the benefits of milk. It is a great source of calcium, essential for healthy bones and teeth, and contains protein, which helps to rebuild muscles, plus active cultures that boost germ-fighting bacteria promoting a healthier gut.

    2. Apples

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      As the saying goes an apple a day keeps the doctor away, and it’s a well-deserved reputation! Apples are a great source of immune-boosting vitamin C, cancer-fighting antioxidants and lots of fiber, all for under 100 calories, making apples a wonderfully cheap and healthy food item to add to your grocery list.

      3. Bananas

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        Bananas are not only a cheap and tasty snack, they also pack in more than 360 milligrams of potassium per fruit—and since potassium’s job is to “keep your heart beating” it’s probably a good thing to eat more!

        4. Strawberries

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          Strawberries are an amazing source of folate, contain more than 100 percent of our daily recommended intake of vitamin C, and are high in antioxidants.

          5. Blueberries

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            Blueberries are probably the healthiest fruit you can eat. These blue superheroes have the highest antioxidant capacity of all fruit: Blueberries can help lower blood pressure, neutralize free radicals which can affect disease and aging in the body, improve brain health, have been proven to preserve vision and are a natural anti-depressant. Not bad value for $5 per pint.

            6. Tomatoes

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              Tomatoes are not only inexpensive, but also easily available everywhere. The carotene in tomatoes protects your body from skin damage, the lycopene makes your skin less sensitive to UV damage, and for men they have been shown to reduce the risk of prostate cancer.

              7. Carrots

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                Easy to eat, cheap to buy, and packed with vitamins A, C and K, folate and fiber. Carrots are a great addition to any meal or snack.

                8. Spinach

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                  Spinach offers a variety of vitamins, minerals, fiber, protein and antioxidants, meaning it helps prevent cancer, promotes strong bones and healthy skin. It is no wonder spinach is Popeye’s food of choice!

                  9. Beets

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                    Beets are a nutritional powerhouse! They are packed with folate, fiber and vitamins galore!

                    10. Chicken

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                      Of course, I am talking about chicken breasts, not breaded chicken nuggets! But at under $3 per pound chicken breast is a great cheap food choice that’s filled with healthy, lean protein.

                      11. Canned tuna

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                        Canned water-packed tuna is an inexpensive, easily available, low-calorie food choice filled with protein, omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, selenium and vitamin D giving it many health benefits from improving blood vessel function to boosting weight loss.

                        12. Olive oil

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                          Swap out the mayo for two tablespoons of olive oil. Just two tablespoons per day offers a host of health benefits including improved bone health and brain function. Read more about the benefits in this study published in the journal Chemical Neuroscience.

                          13. Garlic

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                            Okay, so it makes you less attractive to kiss for a few hours, but it’s full of antioxidants that promote heart health, reduces the risk of some cancers, and improves memory function….so it’s probably worth it! At about 30 cents per bulb it’s a great good choice to add to your grocery list.

                            14. Chia Seeds

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                              Believed by the Aztecs to be a miracle food, Chia seeds deliver a massive amount of nutrients with very few calories, they’re loaded with antioxidants, high in protein and Omega-3 fatty acids, and have been show to improve exercise performance as much as a sports drinks. Chia seeds are incredibly easy to incorporate into your diet and can affordably be added to your grocery list.

                              15. Nuts

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                                Nuts are an affordable, protein-packed, heart-healthy snack that can increase your longevity.

                                16. Lentils

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                                  Lentils sometimes have a reputation as some sort of hippie food but that’s only because they are a great protein alternative to beef and therefore perfect for vegetarians or those who wish to limit their red-meat intake. They are a filling food rich with antioxidants and a good, cheap, and healthy food source.

                                  17. Brown rice

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                                    Rich in selenium, which reduces the risk of developing cancer and arthritis, high in manganese which helps the body synthesize fats, and also promotes weight loss since its fiber content keeps bowel function efficient! Brown rice is good, cheap, and a healthy food choice.

                                    18. Quinoa

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                                      Okay, I understand Quinoa can be hard to pronounce (it’s KEEN-wah) but that doesn’t stop it being a superfood. At $4 per box, it’s a little more than brown rice, but it’s still a cheap and affordable addition to your weekly grocery list. It is packed with fiber and protein, and contains nine essential amino acids our bodies can’t produce on its own.

                                      19. Eggs

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                                        Eggs are another great source of protein, and in fact the cheapest source of protein you’re going to find. At only 20 cents per egg they are incredibly affordable, and can be prepared in any number of healthy ways.  When you’re in need of some protein, eggs are a great quick, delicious, cheap and healthy fix.

                                        20. Dark chocolate

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                                          I had to finish this list of foods that are healthy and cheap with something fun! Dark chocolate is loaded with nutrients that can positively impact your health and it is one of the best sources of antioxidants on the planet, so at the end of a tough week, go ahead and enjoy a nice piece of antioxidant-rich dark chocolate!

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                                          Last Updated on November 11, 2019

                                          How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                                          How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                                          Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

                                          To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

                                          Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

                                          1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

                                          Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

                                          Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

                                          To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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                                          2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

                                          Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

                                          If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

                                          Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

                                          3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

                                          Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

                                          Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

                                          4. Feed Your Brain

                                          Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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                                          This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

                                          Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

                                          Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

                                          5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

                                          According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

                                          Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

                                          Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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                                          6. Write it Down

                                          If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

                                          It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

                                          You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

                                          7. Listen to Music

                                          Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

                                          8. Visual Concepts

                                          In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

                                          Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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                                          Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

                                          9. Teach Someone Else

                                          Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

                                          Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

                                          10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

                                          Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

                                          So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

                                          Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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