Eat Healthy for $50 a Week

Reno, Nev. - One local doctor says you don't have to spend more money to eat healthy.

It's all about what you keep in your diet, and what you take out.

"Families of four can eat for fifty dollars a week," said Dr. Kent Sasse, who started the Obesity Prevention Foundation and works at Saint Mary's.

He says he wants to help families trim their grocery bills, and their waistlines.

"If you take a little time, it doesn't mean that it's quite as convenient as it is to eat at fast food restaurants, or rapidly available junk foods, but it's definitely doable," said Dr. Sasse.

Foods he says to stock up on?

Things like whole grain pasta and brown rice are great for your health, and your wallet. A box costs about a dollar.

For protein, he recommends black beans and black eyed peas. In the package, they're less then a dollar.

If you like to snack, pick up some raisins.

And don't forget about fresh fruits and vegetables. Whatever is in season will be the cheapest.

Dr. Sasse says saving money is also about what you leave on the shelves. For your drinks, go back to basics, just milk or water.

"We don't need to be spending money on sweet drinks, juices, high fructose corn syrups, those are out. So, that saves a lot of money right there," said Dr. Sasse.

And what about meat? He says save it for special occasions.

"We don't need to have it everyday, especially if you're on a budget," said Dr. Sasse.

Of course, to keep costs down, you'll have to do a lot of the preparation yourself. But don't worry, says Dr. Sasse, there are plenty of recipes out there to keep basic meals interesting all year long.

"It doesn't necessarily have to be more expensive to eat healthy," said Dr. Sasse.

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