The Healthiest Foods That Cost Less Than $1

Easy ways to eat right on a budget

Almond "Tuna" Sandwich

With New Year’s resolutions upon us and the post-holiday pinch ambushing our wallets, it’s time to revamp those indulgent holiday eating plans and rethink the way we’ve been doing dinner. After reading Michael Pollan’s Food Rules book this weekend, I decided to sit down and make a list of the healthiest and most affordable foods found in the grocery store and farmers market stands. I also pulled together recipes from The Family Kitchen which feature these foods, because I believe one of the best ways to get healthy and stay in a budget is to have a recipe and a plan. Here are healthy foods which can be purchased for a dollar, and incredible recipes to go with each of them.

— Brooke Mclay, Babble



A pack of tofu costs about a buck and is packed with healthy soy protein.

Make Salt and Pepper Tofu Triangles.





Sardines offer heart-healthy oils. Many larger fish populations are suffering from overfishing; smaller fish like sardines remain well-regulated and highly healthful.

Make The World's Best Sardine Sandwich.



Spinach has a high nutritional value and is extremely rich in antioxidants, especially when fresh, steamed, or quickly boiled. Better yet, it's cheap!

Make Spinach and Ricotta Stuffed Portabello.


Whole-Grain Pasta

Whole-grain pasta takes a classic dinner treat and pumps up the nutrition, without swapping out any of the taste at all!

Make Green Alphabet Pasta.




Raw almonds can be purchased in bulk to offset the typically high prices of prepacked nuts. Full of essential nutrients and low in saturated fats, you can eat these raw or mixed into a variety of meals.

Make Raw Vegan Almond "Tuna" Sandwiches.


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