The Top 10 Cheapest Superfoods in the Supermarket
If you’ve seen the price on a bag of Goji berries lately, you might have come to the conclusion that superfoods are just not in your budget. Unfortunately, the sheer hype around superfoods makes these nutrition-packed fruits and vegetables seem as rarified as Beluga caviar – and just as pricey. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. In fact, many superfoods are the humble staples that have always graced your table. And others are easy, and inexpensive, to add in to your diet.
Lycopene is the star of the show in these ubiquitous vegetables, which you can grow in your own back yard. Superpowers include fighting cancer, lowering cholesterol, and promoting bone health and heart health.
So many health benefits have been linked to Green Tea, from having better breath to living a longer life. At an average .15 cents per tea bag, you can’t afford not to drink it! Superpowers include improving blood flow and brain activity, and protecting cells from damage. It fights cancer and fatigue!
Steel-Cut or Rolled Oats
Oatmeal for breakfast is a great, budget and diet-friendly way to start the day. Add some walnuts and honey in for even more superfood power, but even by itself, Oats are a top source of fiber. Superpowers include controlling blood sugar and lowering bad cholesterol.
Beans aren’t just the “musical fruit” – they’re downright magical. At $1.45 per pound, beans contain some of the most cost-effective fiber and protein money can buy. Pair them with a tortilla to provide your body with the tools it needs to make a “complete protein.” Superpowers include muscle-building protein, and digestive tract-aiding fiber. Beans also are great for dieting, helping you to feel fuller, longer.
Best known for their vitamin C content, Oranges economically help you stay healthy year-round. To maximize benefits, eat the whole orange – not just the juice. That way, fiber helps balance the sugar. Superpowers include supporting your immune system, lowering cholesterol, and lowering your risk of colon cancer.
Unless you go for the fancy Free-range, farm-raised variety, eggs are pretty cheap, especially when considering all their health benefits. You might have heard that yolks are high in cholesterol, but that pales in comparison with the health benefits in a whole egg. Superpowers include being a complete source of B vitamins, high in omega-3 fatty acids, and for pregnant women, stimulate brain development in fetuses.
The sweetheart of the health-conscious community, kale’s price tag hasn’t caught up with its reputation. It’s still just around $1 per pound. Superpowers include helping your body detox, and helping to prevent colon and breast cancer.
Fresh or frozen, spinach is inexpensive at an average $1 per bunch ($2.64/pound), and is packed with vitamins A, K, Folate, and antioxidants. Superpowers include fighting cancer and promoting bone health.
As with any nut, you don’t need to eat a lot to reap the benefits, which makes them extra cost effective. Walnuts are some of the least expensive nuts around, averaging just .83 cents per ounce, and feature omega-3 fatty acids. Superpowers include lowering bad cholesterol and promoting brain function. It’s even been called a “good mood food.”
Avocados are the priciest “cheap” food, depending on what part of the country you live in. They range from $1 to $2 a piece, even as high as $3. But their health benefits still make them a great occasional buy. Superpowers include helping brain function and lowering inflammation.