We’ve found the five most affordable (and tastiest) superfoods to boost your nutrition needs … even on a budget.
It’s all very well being told to eat healthy foods. But very often, healthy options are the most expensive. When you’re on a strict budget, it’s sometimes easier to revert to cheaper, less nutritious foods that fill bellies without supporting health or physical growth in children. But, with the help of Mbali Mapholi, Laager Rooibos partner dietitian, we’ve found the five least expensive superfoods to add to your grocery list.
Rooibos tea is rich in antioxidants and has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. It’s also naturally caffeine-free, making it an ideal beverage for children, and can be a great alternative to traditional tea or coffee. For hot days, Rooibos tea can be made into a delicious iced tea and even frozen as ice lollies. At around 55c for a cup of Laager Pure Rooibos tea, it’s an affordable superfood that’s packed with benefits.
Sweet potatoes are a great source of vitamins A and C, as well as fibre and potassium. They are also relatively inexpensive and can be used to bulk up a variety of delicious dishes. They can be grown as part of a home veggie garden, and are found at most local markets, greengrocers, or supermarkets.
Canned beans are an affordable and convenient way to add protein and fibre to meals. They are also a good source of iron and other minerals. They can be used to bulk up meals, can be enjoyed on their own or on toast, and can also be used as a protein replacement when cutting down on meat for health or financial reasons.
Oats are a fantastic source of fibre and can help promote feelings of fullness for long periods, making them a good option for breakfast. In addition, oats are a good source of vitamins and minerals, such as iron and zinc. To enjoy the full benefits of this affordable superfood, opt for the traditional unflavoured and unsweetened options.
Frozen fruits and vegetables… Many don’t realise that frozen fruits and vegetables can be a cost-effective way to incorporate more produce into the diet. They are often just as nutritious as fresh options, and can be used in a variety of ways, such as in smoothies or stir-fries. Also … no waste, which is always a win.
Details: For more advice, tips, and even great recipes to try, visit the Joekels website atjoekels.co.za or follow @LaagerRooibosTea on Facebook and Instagram.
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