The FITNESS Dollar Menu: Budget-Friendly Groceries

Sarah Kehoe/Fitness MagazineSarah Kehoe/Fitness MagazineBy the editors of FITNESS Magazine

Short on cash? You're not limited to the high-fat stuff. Add these good-for-you foods to your grocery list -- they're all under $1 per serving.

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A serving of oatmeal for breakfast can lower cholesterol and your risk of heart disease. Save your health while saving money.


The protein and fat in eggs keep you feeling full, so you're less inclined to snack in between meals.

One red potato contains 66 micrograms of cell-building folate -- about the same amount found in one cup of spinach or broccoli.

One medium-size apple has 15 percent of your recommended daily serving of fiber, which can help lower cholesterol.

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Chickpeas, or garbanzo beans, are rich in fiber and protein. Cook them with spices for a flavorful, healthy meal.

Bananas are great as a carb-packed energy booster and they contain loads of potassium which regulates blood pressure and reduces the risk of stroke.

A stalk of broccoli has your daily serving of vitamin K and almost twice your recommended daily dose of vitamin C.

This root vegetable has nutrients that help protect against heart disease and cancer.

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Whole-Grain Pasta
Whole-grain pasta contains more fiber and protein than regular pasta. Stock up on this staple so you'll always have options for healthy dinners.

Spinach contains lutein and zeaxanthin, two immune-boosting antioxidants important for eye health. Another bonus: Recent research found that among cancer-fighting fruits and veggies, spinach is one of the most effective.

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