Shopping for healthy foods on a budget

A new Cleveland Clinic survey found almost half of Americans believe the biggest barrier to a healthy diet is the cost of food. However, a registered dietitian says it doesn’t have to be.

The key is to stick to whole foods like fruits, vegetables, lean meats and dairy, said Julia Zumpano with Cleveland Clinic.

You can also examine your grocery list and figure out what you might be spending too much on.

You could start to remove those things from your list to save money and buy healthier foods instead.

Meal prepping can be beneficial as well. Same with buying foods that have an extended shelf life.

“There’s an extended shelf life in some of the items that are actually not that expensive like potatoes or boxed brown rice, or whole wheat pasta or beans, dried beans. I mean, those have a very extended shelf life,” Zumpano said.

You can also buy meats on sale and store them in your freezer.