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How to Eat Well on a Tight Budget

Grocery Shopping
Let's face it. Feeding your family well can be hard. You have to balance nutrition and deliciousness, obviously, but also ease of prep, and remembering which foods you should buy organic. Plus, there are environmental factors (was my sugar sustainably farmed?) to think about and even workers' well-being (was this tomato harvested by an exploited worker?). Oh, and that one little thing that often trumps all other factors: budget. But, thankfully, help has arrived.

The Environmental Working Group is a non-profit organization that's goal is to protect human health and the environment. Just recently, EWG launched a new campaign to solve a problem that so many families face— finding "Good Food on a Tight Budget."

The organization has created a free 32-page comprehensive guide filled with tips and tools to help every family find healthy food within their price range. And the best part is—you can print it right from your computer!

Here are some of the highlights:

  • Categorized lists of grocery items containing the most nutrition for the least cost—everything from vegetables to spices.
  • 15 recipes from crunchy peanut slaw to turkey chili with veggies—including tips on how to get your family involved in the preparation and how to best keep leftovers.
  • Sample Shopping List to properly break down your weekly budget.
  • Meal planner to schedule what you prepare each week for all three meals so you can save money when you shop.
  • Price Tracker to record food prices when you visit different stores, so you'll know when you find the best deal.

If you want to improve your family's eating habits, EWG will guide you toward a more nutritious lifestyle, and before you know it their tips will become second nature.

For even more healthy recipes, click here!

Caitlin St John is an Editorial Assistant for Parents.com who splits her time between New York City and her hometown on Long Island. She's a self-proclaimed foodie who loves dancing and anything to do with her baby nephew. Follow her on Twitter: @CAITYstjohn

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