September 2, 2014
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I am a student on a low budget. How can I eat healthy?

Brennan J. Robertson's Response

Eating healthy does not mean having to spend a lot of money. Sure, it may often seem that the grocery options available for those on a limited budget are less nutritious and lack vitamins and minerals, but this is not always the case.

Essentially, when planning a healthy and nutritious meal, you want to divide your plate into thirds. The first third should be a healthy grain option. This can include brown rice, hearty pitas, rolled oats, bulgur, quinoa, and sweet potato, all of which are affordable and widely available. The second third should consist of colourful fruits and vegetables. Look for green leafy vegetables, brightly hued peppers, cauliflower, broccoli, tomato, apples, oranges, and melons. Buy seasonal fruits and vegetables and visit local farmer's markets to lower costs. And finally, you should devote one third to a protein source. This is often seen as the most expensive area, and this can be true if you only associate protein with meat. But this does not have to be the case. Try T.V.P., textured vegetable protein. This is an inexpensive alternative to meat and can be substituted for ground lean meats or cubed meats in many recipes, including pasta sauces, stews, chilis, and stir-fries. Low-fat cottage cheese can also be an economical alternative to meat, as can egg whites.

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