Sometimes it feels like you can only eat healthy if you’re willing to spend a lot of money. Avocados are all the rage, but they’re also a dollar a pop—even more if you’re buying organic. Not to mention all the overpriced salad chains, $10 smoothies, and the fancy spices and vinegars that may or may not turn you into a wellness influencer. (Spoiler: They Will Not.) With all of these things taking over social media, it can seem like eating healthy on the cheap is impossible.
I’m here to tell you that it definitely isn’t. There are tons of hacks that registered dietitians use to save money at the grocery store, like stocking up on items when they’re on sale and shopping seasonal produce. But even if you don’t use these tricks, there still ways to eat well without breaking the bank.
Really, it’s about having a series of tried-and-true, inexpensive recipes in your arsenal. The internet is rife with budget bloggers making healthy meals with hardly anything, because they rely on simple staples like beans and rice as well as affordable produce and protein sources. These 14 recipes are so cheap, each one costs less than $3 per serving to make. (Either the blogger calculated and provided this information, or we did the math using prices from Peapod.) They all make multiple servings, which means they’re great for meal prep. And, they’re filled with all the fiber, protein, and healthy carbs you need to feel good.