Carolyn Phillips Talks Budget Friendly Healthy Foods

Fit-inista Carolyn Phillips– our on air personal trainer– is back with more tips to get you in shape and what you need to do to stay that way!

Eating healthy can be expensive, but there are definitely some foods that give you a big bang for your buck, and Carolyn has some tips to keep you and your wallet in good shape.

Beans and Lentils

You can have this for main meal planning or as a side dish.  Pretty much any beans are good for you– Garbanzo, Black beans, Kidney beans, whatever!

Frozen Mixed Vegetables

These bags in your grocery store’s freezer section are much cheaper than fresh veggies, and when they are flash-froze, the retain the same amount of nutrients.

Assorted Seeds

Organic flax seeds, sunflower seeds, wheat germ– you can add them to anything from a smoothie or a shake, to a salad, cereal or oatmeal.  It’s a great way to get a big, nutritious bang for your buck.

Sweet Potatoes

These are awesome for you, rich in potassium, fiber, Vitamin C and beta carotine.  They’re much better than the white potatoes.


These are great for your heart, lowering your cholesterol, and fiber intake.  But make sure you get the dry oats in the big cannister, rather than the individual packets, which are more expensive and have a lot of processed sugars in them.  Steel cut oats are the best option.

Here’s more tips:

  • Buy in bulk when food is on sale and then freeze.
  • Buy with coupons– there are websites which feature coupons for organic foods only.
  • Visit a farmer’s market toward the end of the day, as many vendors will give you a great deal to sell out their produce before the end of the day.

For more from Carolyn Phillips, check out, or for all things stretching, life, love and happiness, go to Carolyn’s blog at

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