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10 money-saving foods everyone should keep in their kitchen

In a world full of overpriced organic food chains, it’s easy to get discouraged about eating healthily. But believe it or not, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to eat well.

Here are ten foods that will help you meet the task without busting your budget.

Frozen Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits and veggies are a great snack on their own, but you can also use them to make smoothies, supplement a meal, or serve as a main course in dishes like vegetable lasagna or broccoli salad.

Buying fruits and veggies from the frozen section is much more affordable than fresh. For example, the average retail price for a pound of fresh blueberries is $4.73, while the same amount frozen averages only $3.64. And since you don’t have to worry about them going bad if you don’t eat them right away, the chance of wasting money is slimmer. While it’s true for certain produce that the nutrient composition can change marginally when freezing fruits and vegetables, the difference is negligible, according to a study by researchers at the University of California-Davis.

You can’t keep your frozen fare indefinitely, but you can keep it a long time. A University of Georgia study found it typically it takes eight months to a year before nutrients start deteriorating in your freezer, so you’re unlikely to overbuy.



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