Can’t afford healthy food? Think again.

PintoBeansMany people are having a tough financial time today and think they can’t afford healthy food.

Think again.

There are healthy foods that are among the most inexpensive nutrition on the shelves. Potatoes, beans, bananas.

But, except for bananas, they involve COOKING.

Dried beans, for example, provide a wealth of nutrients. This includes white beans (legumes), black and in-between, including lentils.

They are rich in minerals, vitamins, proteins and carbs.

For thousands of years, regular consumption of beans of some type in different countries, have been connected with longevity.

If you  think you can’t afford healthy food, try dried beans. They are among the most healthy and inexpensive of foods.

Canned beans are better than no beans, but cooked dried beans are the best, for both nutritional value and taste—especially if you add lots of garlic to them.

Potatoes are the most consumed vegetable in America, and certainly among the cheapest, but that’s only because of our love affair with French fries.

This poor choice undermines the true nutritional value of the humble potato.

Baked or boiled and flavored with herbs and extra virgin olive oil or pure butter, white potatoes are one of our best suppliers of potassium, ever more important as we grow older.

They are rich in vitamin C, fiber, magnesium and are gluten-free.

Sweet potatoes are also highly nutritious and an excellent source of vitamin A.

Remember, pure dairy butter, or extra virgin olive oil and herbs on potatoes will give you tasty good health in a meal.

So you think you can’t afford health food, and opt for fast and processed foods instead?

That’s nonsense.

Potatoes, dried beans and greens, including the super foods cabbage and broccoli, are among the most inexpensive foods in the grocery store.

Many studies proclaim that ‘poor’ people can’t afford healthy food. Yes, they can. Unfortunately, many of them prefer fast and packaged food. Not the most nutritious way to go.

And if you really want to ignore what our ancestors did that kept them tough and healthy despite limited choices, say “ugh” about liver, as most of us hate the very thought  of it these days.

Liver is cheap, because most people hate it (it’s actually good with LOTS of onions). Here’s what beef liver does for you: One helping gives you 431 percent of your vitamin A, 137 percent of riboflavin, 800 percent of vitamin B12 and 486 percent of copper.

Even many of those on a very limited budget who think they can’t afford  healthy food may be further ahead, nutritionally and financially, if they chose beans, potatoes and vegetables in season rather than fast and packaged foods.

They might even be able to squeeze in a few important whole food supplements to compensate for nutritional deficits.

Sources include USDA and Readynutrition.com.