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Looking to Save Some Money? Here’s How

Looking to Save Some Money? Here’s How

Diabetes is expensive – that likely will not come as a surprise to you. Medications, supplies, lab work, and doctor/ educator visits are essential – you should not scrimp and save here. But, there is one critical element of diabetes management where you have a lot of financial flexibility, and it’s worth a close look.

I think I said it best (if I do say so myself) in the introduction of my book Diabetes Meal Planning and Nutrition for Dummies (Wiley, 2013):

“Food is the simplest, least expensive, most available and most immediate treatment option for diabetes health. Not special food – plain old food you walk past every time you’re in a grocery.”

That’s right – the food you eat is monumentally important, but healthy eating is simply eating the best choices of plain old food. And, with a freezer and pantry in the ready, plain old food gives you lots of options to save when your favorite plain old foods are on sale.

9 “diabetes friendly” foods costing less than $1.00

I also listed 9 “diabetes friendly” foods costing less than $1.00, and here they are:

  1. Apples, at $.50 each, are a great source for soluble fiber
  2. Yogurt, at $.10 per ounce for plain, gives you protein and calcium
  3. Potatoes, at $.20 each, brings vitamin C, vitamin B6 and potassium
  4. Bananas, at $.40 each, are also a great source of potassium
  5. Carrots, at $.05 per ounce, have high levels of beta carotene
  6. Lentils, at $.10 per ounce, offer protein, fiber (including soluble fiber), folate, magnesium and iron
  7. Eggs, at $.15 each, are a “perfect” protein, and also deliver essential vitamins D and B12
  8. Beets, at $.12 per ounce, contain folate, fiber and vitamin C
  9. Peanut butter, at $.20 per ounce, is a great mix of poly and mono unsaturated fats, and is filling

You’ll still need to manage carbohydrate intake and watch for added sugar, fat or salt (especially in canned foods), but you can eat healthy without breaking the bank. And, with all the other non-negotiable demands of diabetes care, every little bit can help.

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