One huge myth about eating healthy is that it is necessarily more expensive. This comes from the fact that the American diet today is so heavily processed that most “health food” comes out of that same heavily processed culture. The food industry charges premium prices for it because of the large demand for “healthy alternatives”, and the power of marketing directs so many people to the highly profitable, processed alternatives. Well, I say beans to that.
When I was growing up in the sixties my family was part of the emerging middle class. My parents were born to immigrant parents at the start of the great depression. When times got tight, we ate beans. Not canned, dry beans in bulk, slow cooked. They are a magical, and yes-musical, fruit. In terms of nutritional value, nothing gives you more bang for the buck. Canned beans cost four times as much, contain a lot of added sodium, and most contain added sugar-sometimes a lot of added sugar.
They are filling and very satisfying. Add vegetables-fresh from the bins, not pre-washed “fresh” pack. The “fresh” pack costs more, and is the source of all those spinach and broccoli salmonella scares of the last few years. Hand washing yourself is much healthier that trusting a machine that is supervised by someone earning minimum wage, or less.