ICYMI, earlier this year, Gwyneth Paltrow of luxury lifestyle website GOOP stated the obvious when she talked about the difficulties of living a wholesome, nutritious life on the poverty line, while doing the #FoodBankNYCChallenge, with the weekly allowance of $US29 – the same amount Americans get on food stamps.
OATS B HUMBLED – wheat germ contains the double the fiber and triple the amount of iron and protein than your typical rolled bran. It’s a low GI carb so its sugars are metabolized and delivered over a few hours rather than all at once. And because it’s sold in large packs; doesn’t take long to prep, and filling enough to curb the 10am forage for snacks, it continues to save you money after you’ve paid for it.
Albino broccoli has gone from fringe vegetable to the clean-eating staple. Despite its pastiness, cauliflower has its fair share of nutrients and is excellent for detoxification and digestion. In terms of cost per meal (CPM), cauliflower is cheap as chips; it’s used as a sub for potato mash, in vegetarian lasagna, on pizza, in soups, salads and roasts.
This South African herbal tea blend boasts benefits like relieving eczema, headaches, cramps, insomnia, allergies and hypertension. It’s completely caffeine-free (but tastes like black tea with exotic spices), and is rich in minerals for good skin and teeth. With fewer tannins compared to caffeinated teas, it also won’t stain your teeth as much.
NATURAL PEANUT BUTTER
As far as spreads go, peanut butter hits nutritious, tasty and thrifty 1:1:1. Though, it’s very possible to OD on PB, so stick to the recommended 2 TBSP daily standard serving. It’s low GI, which means you’ll feel full for longer, and is roughly 28% protein, making it the body sculptor’s favourite. It’s also rich in omega-6 good fats and rivals blueberries in anti-ageing resveratrol.
Squeeze the bejesus out of your lemons – add it to your water, herbal teas, salads, and marinades for red meat and fish. The vitamin C assists the body’s absorption of iron, and when metabolized, citric acids actually has an alkaline effect, countering stomach acids and maintaining overall gut health.
Tuna in a can/pack = the ultimate in healthy living on the cheap. Experts recommend capping it at two cans a week because (don’t freak) of low amounts of mercury found in ALL fish because our population has found its way into our marine life.