Fantastic Frugal Fitness Foods Part 7

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1.      Most Other Fruits
Many of our everyday fruits such as apples, oranges, pears, apricots, strawberries, raspberries, mangoes, cherries, bananas, grapefruits, etc are very cheap and excellent dietary staples. While each fruit has its own specific health benefits and cost, consuming 2-3 servings per day of fresh fruit in general will help to significantly improve your overall health. Just make sure you don’t have too many pieces of fruit late in the day, at once, or before you go to sleep due to their high carbohydrate content.

2.      Celery
Celery is another excellent frugal dietary staple. It is an excellent source of water, fiber, and has very low calorie content. It is famous for requiring more calories to chew and digest than it actually contains. Not everyone knows this but celery may also be a powerful vasodilator (blood vessel relaxer) that may lower blood pressure. Celery is almost never a bad decision to add to a meal or have as a snack. Try it by itself, with hummus, or natural peanut butter.

3.      Beans
Beans are a cheap and often overlooked nutritional staple for anyone no matter what their fitness goals may be. Dry beans are considered by most to be the healthiest, some of the best being  kidney beans, lima beans, pinto beans, and navy beans. They are very nutritionally dense foods packed with complex carbohydrates, fiber, protein, B-Vitamins, and minerals. They also antioxidants and fill you up so you are less likely to eat junk food. Obviously you want to avoid them in the form of refried beans or in fatty burritos.

4.      Quinoa
Quinoa is a seed that is a very healthy and cheap food choice. It is also gluten-free so it is an excellent source of complex carbohydrates for those with Celiac. This staple food, often confused as a grain, has all of the essential amino acids making it a rare plant source of complete protein. That makes it an essential staple next to soy for any vegetarian. Quinoa also contains plenty of fiber and minerals for overall health.

5.      Water
Water is probably the most important frugal food choice of all since our bodies are about 2/3 water. I didn’t want to include it in the Top 25 however since it doesn’t contain any calories and also sounds kind of lame. Water is crucial for health, performance, and weight loss no matter how you look at it. Drink as much as you can each day, especially since it is free!

5.      Soy Milk

Unless you are lactose intolerant or vegan, I would recommend drinking skim milk instead because it is about 1/3 of the cost. That being said, soy milk is still very good for you and not outrageously priced. Soy is one of the only major plant sources of complete proteins which makes it crucial for vegetarians. It is good first thing in the morning or post-workout because it is quickly broken down and absorbed by the body. Soy also has healthy fats, no cholesterol, and provides heart healthy flavenoids that reduce cholesterol levels. Soymilk can be purchased in several delicious flavors with added sugar or in plain form with less sugar than milk. If you don’t drink regular milk, I’d highly recommend adding soy milk to your diet. Don’t bother purchasing rice or almond milk since neither of them provide any significant protein.

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