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10 Ways to Eat Healthy Without Breaking the Bank

Posted: 05/16/11 06:00 AM ET

The Cleveland Clinic, where I work, attracts patients from just about every corner of the globe. I have the opportunity to see many of these diverse patients and, regardless of where they come from, I hear the same phrase about why they struggle to eat healthy: "I can't afford healthy foods, especially with increasing produce prices."

In addition to my patients here at Cleveland Clinic, I've seen many Huffington Post readers ask the same questions on my columns. Healthy foods look great, but who can afford them? If you're interested in keeping your waist lean while keeping your wallet fat, then I hope you'll find my tips helpful enough to apply to your diet! Eating healthy on a budget is possible and I have examples to prove it!

Buy Your Produce Already Bagged
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I recently did an audit in a local grocery store comparing prices of bagged apples and oranges vs. individual fruit. I found that buying bagged was a better value than purchasing individual fruit. Here are two examples:

Red Delicious Apples
Bagged = $4.86 for a five-pound bag (nine apples in a bag)
Individual = $1.49 / pound
Bagged price savings = $2.59

Navel Oranges
Bagged = $4.99 for a four-pound bag (nine oranges in a bag)
Individual = 99 cents each
Bagged price savings = $3.92

If you feel that a bag is too much for just you, split the cost (and the fruit) with your family or friends. Everyone wins!
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