Many people think eating healthy is just too expensive for most families. In fact, today many grocery stores are responding to consumer demand by making it a point to stock organic and whole foods. The following is a list of very healthy food products that are inexpensive and easy to prepare. These particular products are available under $6.00 each at one store, Trader Joe’s, and similar products are widely available at stores throughout the country.

    Here are some of the best, easiest and most affordable of these items:

    1. Precut vegetables & fruit

    Shredded kale, Brussels sprouts, squash and chopped fruit save time in the kitchen and make it possible to put a healthy, plant-based meal on the table quickly and easily.

    Price: From $1.99

    2. Spices

    An array of spices gives a cook many options for preparing tasty, healthy meals. While some spices are pricey, it is possible to find a good selection available at a low cost.

    Price: From $1.99

    3. Medjool dates

    Medjool dates are the perfect snack and are prized as ingredients in smoothies, desserts and main dishes. While they can be expensive, it is possible to find them at an affordable price.

    Price: $4.79

    4. Hummus

    Hummus is a great source of plant-based protein, available in a variety of flavors.

    Price: From $1.99

    5. Organic dark chocolate

    Trader Joe’s offers a 73% “Super Dark” chocolate bar great for baking or dessert. Their product doesn’t contain additives such as soy lecithin, but similar chocolate bars are become ever more widely available. Chocolate is packed with valuable antioxidants.

    Price: $1.99

    6. Bags of avocados and lemons

    Avocados are one of the best sources of healthy fats, and lemons are rich in vitamins. Both are versatile components of a healthy meal.

    Price: Avocados $3.49/ bag of 4 or more
    Lemons $1.49/bag of 5 or more

    7. Grass-fed butter

    Like grass-fed beef, grass-fed butter is one of the most nutritious foods available.

    Price: $4.29

    8. Extra-virgin olive oil

    It is important to find olive oil that is undiluted by other, inferior oils. A variety of good oils are available at affordable prices.

    Price: From $5.99

    9. Seaweed snacks

    Trader Joe’s offers snack-sized bags of these crunchy goodies. Other groceries stores carry similar products, although it may take some careful shopping to identify them.

    Price: From $0.99

    10. Nuts and Seeds

    Nuts, seeds, dried fruit and granola are all available at affordable prices.

    Price: From $2.99

    11. Organic frozen mango

    These are great in smoothies.

    Price: $2.49

    12. Organic vegetable soups

    Organic tomato-based soup can be the base for a quick meal. Add spinach and beans, and top it off with fresh herbs and toasted nuts.

    Price: From $2.99