Top 7 Healthy Vegetables on a Budget
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Feeling the pinch of rising food costs and produce costs at the grocery store?  Wondering what the cheapest vegetables you can buy might be that pack good nutrition? This article will focus on some strategies that can help you eat more vegetables on a budget and save on your grocery bill. 

How much are food prices and vegetables specifically rising? 

In the early part of 2022, Canada’s Food Price Report 2022 forecasted an overall food price increase of 5-7% for the year ahead which was the highest predicted increase in food prices since the report began over a decade ago.  Vegetable costs were predicted to rise 5-7%. At that time it was estimated that families would pay nearly $1,000 more for food this year.   

Now only a few months later, food prices in Canada are predicted to rise again and there are new further concerns about food insecurity worldwide. 

What are some of the factors leading to the rising cost of food and vegetables? 

  • High energy prices, labour shortages and inflation 
  • Supply chain disruptions, cost of sanitation and PPE (personal protective equipment), transportation issues and decreased efficiency/disruptions due to closures that started with the global pandemic 
  • Climate change impacting weather negatively 
  • Consumer demand for sustainable and ethical practices 
  • Russian invasion of the Ukraine added stress to commodity prices of things like wheat and oil as well as the cost of fertilizers for farmers crops 

    What are the cheapest vegetables to buy that have a high amount of nutrition? 

    First of all it is important to note that ALL vegetables are good vegetables so go with the vegetables that are available to you, that are affordable for your budget and that you enjoy.   

    Before shopping check out your local grocery store flyers and buy what is in season as the taste and price point will often be better. Wondering which vegetable are in season to inspire your meal planning?  Check out this handy guide “What’s in Season: Your Guide to Canadian Fruits and Vegetables

    Here are 7 of the cheapest vegetables on a budget:

    1. Cabbage 

    2. Bok choy

    Vegetables on a budget - Bok Choy

    3. Carrots 

    4. Canned tomatoes

    Vegetables on a budget - Canned Tomatoes

    5. Frozen peas 

    • Frozen peas should be a staple in your freezer.  They are highly nutritious and simple to cook.  Enjoy them as a fast weekday side dish with a touch of butter, salt and pepper or with fresh squeezed lemon and grated parmesan cheese. 
    • Try this tasty recipe for Easy Indian Spiced Peas and if you love guacamole you might also want to try this 4 ingredient Pea and Avocado Dip recipe for a fun variation 
    • Download a green pea information sheet.

    6. Zucchini

    Vegetables on a budget - Bok Choy - Zucchini

    7. Fresh or frozen spinach

    What are some other cost savings tips for my grocery bill and overall budget in general? 

    Looking for the cheapest vegetables at the store is one option but don’t forget to think about reducing food waste and how you manage your produce drawer in your refrigerator.   

    Check out this previous article and video on reducing food waste at home and understanding the proper storage of fruits and vegetables here:  How to Reduce Food Waste at Home  

    Also check out this article on our blog: Tips and Tricks for Grocery Shopping on a Budget  

    Check out the visual pictures on this page showcasing “What Can $20 Get You” when it comes to fruits and veggies.  


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