How to Eat Healthy on a Budget

If you've made the decision to eat healthy, congratulations! Changing your diet isn't easy. That's why we've rounded up these tips about choosing healthy, low-cost options to get you started.

First, let's talk protein. We all need it, and you can find it in many foods, from ground beef to lentils. Clearly between these two, lentils are the cheaper and healthier choice. But it might surprise you to learn that lentils also contain more protein per pound than beef, and they're only a fraction of the price.

Now, on to the produce section. Fresh veggies are great, but if you're trying to save a few dollars, head to the freezer aisle. Not only are frozen fruit and vegetables cheaper, but companies tend to freeze the produce at peak ripeness - so nutritionally, they can be just as good, if not better than fresh. Just be sure to avoid products with added sugars or salt.

Next, check out grains. In this department, brown rice is the front-runner. At 18 cents per serving, it's a better bargain than other healthy grains like quinoa and farro. It's also high in fiber, so it won't pack on the pounds like white rice.

There's much more to cover, but if you make these healthy choices you'll be well on your way.