Foods Under $1

Below you will find that nutrition can come from affordable foods and snacks, most of them costing less than $1 at your local supermarket.

1. Apples
Great for: Snacks, green salads, main dish salads, and fruit salads.
What’s a serving? 1/4-1/2 cup chopped apple slices

2. Bananas
Great for: Snacks and fruit salads, yogurt parfaits, and smoothies.
What’s a serving? 1/4-1/2 banana slices

3. Baby Carrots
Great for: Snacks, casseroles, stews, veggie platters, and side dishes.
What’s a serving? 1/4 cup cooked  It is not recommended to serve raw carrots to children under 2 years of age.

4. Canned Beans
Great for: Green salads, casseroles, stews, and chili. Types of beans range from 50% less sodium kidney beans and black beans to white beans and garbanzo beans.
What’s a serving? 1/4 cup if used as a side dish or 1/2 cup if used as the main dish

5. Canned Tomatoes
Great for: Italian and Mexican recipes, chili, stew, and casseroles. Flavor options range from no-salt-added sliced stewed tomatoes to diced tomatoes with garlic and olive oil.
What’s a serving? 1/2 cup of main dish

6. Oranges
Great for: Snacks, green salads, and fruit salads.
What’s a serving? 1/4-1/2 cup chopped orange slices

7. Pears
Great for: Snacks, as an appetizer with cheese, green salads, and fruit salads.
What’s a serving? 1/4-1/2 cup chopped pear slices

8. Lentils (dry)
Great for: Soups and stews, cold bean salads, and casseroles.
What’s a serving? 1/4 cup cooked

9. Pearl Barley (dry)
Great for: Soups and stews, cold salads, and casseroles.
What’s a serving? 1/4 cup cooked

10. Yogurt
Great for: Smoothies, yogurt parfait, dips, and dressings.
What’s a serving? 1/4 – 1/2 cup

11. Eggs
Great for: omelets, hard boiled, salads
What’s a serving? 1 egg=1 oz serving of meat (Limit egg yolks to No more than four yolks per week)

12. Broccoli
Great for: steamed as a side dish, tossed in salads, mixed in brown rice or whole wheat pasta dishes, a snack with veggie dip
What’s a serving? 1/2 cup raw, 1/4 cup cooked

13. Sweet Potato
Great for: baked, mashed, steamed
What’s a serving? 1/4 cup

14. Brown Rice
Great for: stir fry, steamed with veggies
What’s a serving? 1/4 cup cooked

15. Snap Peas
Great for: snacking, mixed into brown rice or whole wheat pasta dishes
What’s a serving? 1/2 cup raw or 1/4 cup cooked

16. Green Tea
Great for: cold or hot beverage
What’s a serving? 1 tea bag brewed in 1 cup of water

17. Oats
Great for: hot oatmeal, baking
What’s a serving? 1/4 cup cooked

18. Spinach
Great for: tossed salads, steamed as a side dish
What’s a serving? 1/2 cup raw or 1/4 cup cooked

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