At this point, the American food industry is so backward that shopping for organic, unprocessed foods in their natural state will cost you more than resigning to fast and processed options. As such, even trying out something nutritionally sound, like eating for good gut health, can add a considerable amount of money to your grocery bill. With that in mind, Mindbodygreen tapped registered dietitian and founder of Tovita Nutrition, Leah Silberman, for her go-to gut healing foods that won't cost you a pretty penny. Read up on her selects below, which will run you $1 or less per serving:
Beans and Lentils: "These guys are excellent sources of fiber, protein, and B vitamins, which are all important for proper gut health! Yes, eating too many beans in one sitting can cause gassiness for some people (this is due to their high-fiber content), so be sure to begin with just one serving. The average can of beans costs between 99 cents and $2 and contains about 3 servings."
Buy: Eden Organic, since they're easier on your stomach.
Kimchi: "You may have heard a thing or two about kimchi by now, and that’s because it’s a probiotic powerhouse! Kimchi is a traditional Korean dish made from fermented veggies—usually cabbage. It’s a great source of probiotics, aka the good bacteria that reside in our guts."
Buy: Mama O’s premium Vegan Kimchi. It's just $8 per jar and contains 8 servings, equally 99 cents per serving.
Bananas: "These guys are good sources of prebiotic fiber, which provide a food source for our beloved probiotic bacteria. Think about it like this: if you want the good bacteria to proliferate, they need to be fed! Prebiotics are essentially the probiotic feed."
Buy: Anything organic.
Head over to Mindbodygreen for more inexpensive gut-healthy selects from Silberman.