Healthy Eating on a Budget
Cheap and Healthy Foods for Cold Weather
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Price: $1.59 a bunch
Kale and other dark leafy greens—think spinach, Swiss chard, and collards—offer some of the best nutritional bargains around. They’re extremely low in calories but loaded with minerals such as manganese, magnesium, potassium, calcium, and iron, as well as vitamins K, A, and C. “Dark leafy greens are nutrient stars,” says Bonnie Liebman, director of nutrition at the Center for Science in the Public Interest.
Kale is a good choice in part because it’s a milder option than chard or mustard greens, which can be earthy and bitter to the uninitiated. For a simple side dish that showcases the greens, sauté kale with garlic and onion, and season to taste with salt and pepper. For a surprisingly tasty snack, toss kale with olive oil and salt, and bake for 10 minutes at 350°F.
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