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Balanced EatingAre you continually looking for ways to eat healthy without breaking your weekly, bi-weekly or monthly grocery budget?

Perhaps you’ve scaled back on frequent grocery runs to Whole Foods and have joined a food co-op or you now shop at your local farmer’s market, My Organic Market (MOMs), Trader Joe’s, Target or even at your local Wal-Mart.  Wherever it is that you shop for groceries the end goal is to purchase healthy foods and produce for the best possible bang for your buck.

With that in mind, we know that the primary goal of healthy eating is choosing nutritionally rich foods (e.g., lean proteins, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, etc.) while limiting or avoiding processed and packaged foods.  Of course we may have the occasional need for an indulgent sweet treat or salty chips every now and again but our emphasis is on nourishing and energizing our bodies in a balanced, healthful and positive manner through what we choose to eat rather than the current fad or trend to only eat these foods and totally eliminate that food.

If fresh isn’t best for you because of your work schedule or limited cooking skills, frozen fruits and vegetables work just fine.

This article from the WebMD archive offers some great tips on 15 healthy foods to purchase on the cheap (for less than $2.00!!!).  http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/cheap-healthy-15-nutritious-foods-about-2-dollars

For additional tips on being cost conscious when selecting healthy foods, please see my post on making the most of grocery shopping. https://simplejoy7.wordpress.com/2012/02/07/making-the-most-of-grocery-shopping/