We get being on a budget. Getting your week’s groceries to fit a certain dollar amount can be tricky, but there are times you should feel okay about spending a little more on certain items.
Here are a few foods where a couple of bucks can make a big difference:
1) Whole Grains
For a couple more dollars, whole grain bread can provide you with many more nutrients and benefits than something like white bread. Whole grains are more gentle on your blood sugar levels and cause less inflammation than a refined, white flour. They’re usually much higher in fiber too.
2) Olive Oil
Olive oil can be a very versatile kitchen item, so make sure you pick up a bottle that isn’t mixed with fillers like sunflower oil and spring for the extra-virgin variety sometime, even if it’s a small bottle, for the ultimate in flavor.
3) Wild Fish
Buying wild-caught fish versus farm-raised usually means you avoid things like food coloring and antibiotics while also getting a healthier, leaner cut of fish that contains more Omega-3s and -6s.
4) Pasture-raised Eggs
Eggs from chickens that are free to roam a pasture are not only more nutritious (since the chickens forage and eat a variety of foods as well as get exposure to sunlight), they also look and taste better. The yolks are a much deeper color and they cook up creamier and taste richer.
5) Grass-fed Butter
This variety of butter can offer health benefits that the standard grain-fed variety can’t. Grass-fed contains 5 times more CLA (which can help reduce fat and protect against cancer), is a good source of butyrate (that reduces inflammation), and contains other vitamins and minerals like zinc and magnesium.
6) Parmesan Cheese
Canned, pre-processed parmesan cheese contains an anti-clumping agent known as cellulose that’s made from wood fibers. While the FDA says it’s safe to add to food, you’ll get much better flavor and use less of it if you fresh-grate your own parmesan from a solid block. The extra money and effort is well worth it for the taste.
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