How to eat healthy without breaking the bank

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If you want to eat healthy, you can do it without breaking the bank. (KTRK)

Many of us look at the New Year as a fresh start to get healthy.

Shoppers who spoke with abc13 say they are changing their habits, but don't want to stress about food costs.

Here are some ways to get fresh and nutritious foods for less:

First, it goes without saying: Purchase your produce in season. For example, this pack of strawberries is $3.99 on sale, but this same bag of apples is the same price and you get a whole lot more for your money.

Next, choose inexpensive proteins. Whole chickens and even rotisserie chickens are typically cheaper by the pound, and can be stretched for more meals.

Beans, especially dry, are cheap and can help leave you feeling full.

Third, make a grocery list and take charge of your meals when you go shopping.

"I try to go day by day and plan my recipes and that seems to help," says shopper Kara Schaefer.

Fourth, if you think buying organics is out of reach for your budget, think again. We found if you pick up the store brand organics for things like pasta and nut butter, you will save up to 50 percent off their national brand counterparts.

Finally, use only what you need. Buy specialty items like granola, nuts and grains in the bulk food center so you measure exactly how much you want to eat and not waste what you won't use.

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