10 of the Most Nutrient-Dense Foods That Won't Break the Bank
The latest version of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans focuses on making every bite count—and the best way to do that is by choosing the most nutrient-dense foods and drinks. "You can think of nutrient dense foods and beverages as those that pack in a lot of nutrition—vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and bioactive substances—in every bite," explains nutrition expert Samantha Cassetty, MS, RD. According to Cassetty, nutrient-dense foods tend to be whole or minimally processed foods with little to no added sugar, sodium, or refined grains.
And before you assume that you'll need to take on a second mortgage to afford all the superfoods you see splashed across your Instagram feed, think again. "Choosing nutrient-dense foods doesn't mean you have to break the bank. There are numerous affordable options that are convenient, too," she adds. That means eating nutrient-dense foods can be easy on you and on your wallet. Here's exactly what to stock up on, according to Cassetty.