44 Foods Under $1

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44 Foods Under $1

Veggies
30. Canned Tomatoes (Diced), $0.50 per ½ cup serving, about $1.80 per 14.8 oz can
: To really get a bang for that buck, go the canned route. Canned tomatoes are perfect for homemade sauces and stews. Tomatoes also contain exceptional amounts of the antioxidant lycopene that remains in the flesh even after cooking and canning. Just keep on the lookout for cans with no sodium added.

31. Canned Pumpkin, $0.75 per ½ cup serving, about $2.50 per 15oz can
: No need to go pickin’ to reap the benefits of the pumpkin patch. A pumpkin’s orange color is thanks to carotenoids, a plant pigment with powerful antioxidant properties. Head to the kitchen and whip up some pumpkin pasta sauce or even pumpkin hummus.

32. Garlic, about $0.30 per bulb: 
It doesn’t only put a stink to our breath. Garlic has some smarty-pants benefits, helping enhance memory. It’s also full of antioxidants to promote heart health and reduce the risk of cancer and Alzheimer’s. Add to a pan of veggies or tomato sauce to spice up the flavor, or roast it in the oven for a sweeter flavor.

33. Onions, $0.18 each, about $0.59 per pound: 
Quit crying — onions pack a surprising nutritious punch, including a hefty dose of antioxidants. Sautée and add to an omelet, or stack on a sandwich for extra flavor.

34. Sweet Potatoes, $0.50 each, about $1 per pound: 
The white ones may be a dangerfood, but this time around, the sweet stuff is the way to go. It tips the scale with its high levels of vitamin A, contains beta-carotene (which may help prevent cancer and protect us from the sun) and also helps keep that skin silky smooth.

35. Winter Squash (Acorn, Butternut, etc.), $0.50 per ½ cup serving, about $1.50 a pound
: Squash isn’t only an awesome racquet sport. It’s also a versatile veggie filled with vitamins, fiber, and potassium. Skip the bowl and roast a squash and fill with other hearty goodness!

36. Kale, $0.50 per cup (raw, chopped), about $2 per bunch
: Popeye was missing out. Kale is the antioxidant king among all fruits and veggies, and contains vitamins A, C, and K, fiber, calcium, iron, and potassium (phew!). Need another reason to eat them? Kale chips.

37. Broccoli, $0.50 per ½ cup serving, $2 per bunch
: Need another reason to go green? Broccoli has remarkably high levels of folate and vitamin C, which may help reduce the risk of certain cancers and heart disease.

38. Beets, $0.35 each, about $1 per pound
: These purple gems are filled with betalains, which may help prevent cancer and other degenerative diseases [22] [23]. They are also packed with folate, fiber, and vitamins galore, making them one of the best health bargains around. Chop em, roast em, or add to a berry smoothie!

39. Spinach, $0.50 per cup (raw), about $2 per bunch: 
These unassuming greens are unbeleafable. They’re nutrient dense with vitamin A, K, andcalcium. Try sautéing them with mushrooms or subbing for iceberg in the next lunchtime salad.

40. Carrots, $0.50 each, about $2 per pound: 
Those rabbits are on to something. Carrots provide a nutritious crunch with their fill of vitamin A. They’re perfect for dipping into hummus, or taste great roasted with other root veggies and a drizzle of olive oil.

41. Edamame, $0.50 per ½ cup serving, $3 per 10oz package (frozen)
: This star legume is filled with fiber and protein and makes a great afternoon snack. Skip the chips and enjoy with a touch of salt for a quick, nutritious treat.

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