On a tight budget? Buy this

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A common misconception is that in order to eat healthy food, you need a lot of money.  But that doesn’t have to be the case.

There is a whole range of foods you can buy without a huge budget. Here’s a short list of good foods, what they offer, and how to cook them.

1.. Chickpeas

Buy them canned or drained. Mash them into yummy hummus, or roast them in the oven and sprinkle them on your salad; whichever way you cook them their delicious.

39 g of protein and 21% of RDA for calcium per cup

2. Frozen broccoli and cauliflower

Against common wisdom, you can roast these well without burning them.  It if you don’t want to roast them, steam them and drizzle olive oil and a little salt and pepper over them.

Broccoli: 31 calories and 2.4 g of fiber per cup

Cauliflower: 27 calories and 2.1 g of protein

3. Canned fish

Don’t get us wrong, fresh fish is definitely unparalleled in its deliciousness, but canned fish is underrated. Mix it with a little mayonnaise, some scallions, salt and pepper, and throw a small amount of it on a bed of mixed greens.

38.1 calories and 6.5 g per ounce

4. Lentils

A great source of protein, these legumes can be cooked any number of ways, in burgers, instead of rice, as flour. You name it, lentils can do it.

230 calories and 18 g of protein per cup

5. Sweet potato

Bake it in the microwave, boil it and mash it, turn it into fries, use it to make a pie; and you can eat it for breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert. 

114 calories and 4 g of dietary fiber per cup

With Lifesum, tracking your healthy habits (and the not so healthy ones) becomes a breeze. We’ll help you pick the right food, and eat the right portion sizes, to reach your personal health goals.

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