<p>You're reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/thirteen-foods-that-are-as-inexpensive-as-they-are-healthy/">13 Foods That Are as Inexpensive as They Are Healthy</a>, originally posted on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pickthebrain.com/blog">Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement</a>. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.</p><br /> <p><img width="925" height="198" src="https://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Screen-Shot-2016-10-28-at-10.13.04-PM-925x198.png" class="attachment-post-thumbnail size-post-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="13 Foods That Are As Inexpensive As They Are Healthy" /></p><br /> <p><img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-45181" src="https://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Screen-Shot-2016-10-28-at-10.13.04-PM-460x268.png" alt="healthy cheap food" width="460" height="268" /></p><br /> <p>Eating a quality, nutritious diet is critical to health and wellbeing. Without the right foods, your body and mind cannot function as nature intended them to. Unfortunately, a small budget can make eating well seem impossible. Nutritious but expensive foods are not an option for those with limited resources. Thankfully, there are plenty of foods that are as inexpensive as they are healthy. Here are thirteen of the foods that best combine together these two qualities.</p><br /> <h2>Brown Rice</h2><br /> <p>An affordable staple in many parts of the world, rice is more filling and much healthier in its brown (unprocessed) form. Brown rice is an excellent source for fiber and contains such nutrients as selenium and iron. What's even better is how versatile brown rice is. While it can be eaten on its own, brown rice can also serve as an ingredient in many delicious recipes, from soups to stews to casseroles.</p><br /> <h2>Oatmeal</h2><br /> <p>Dirt cheap, filling, and packed with nutrients, oatmeal is an almost perfect food for folks without much cash to spare. Oatmeal is an especially good source for fiber, which is necessary for the digestive system to function properly, and can help lower cholesterol. Oats also contain omega-3 fatty acids, potassium, and folate. When buying oatmeal, consumers should avoid flavored varieties, which contain added sugar.</p><br /> <h2>Bananas</h2><br /> <p>Bananas maintain a low price year round, and are extremely healthy to boot. This natural snack food is notably high in potassium, B vitamins, and fiber, and has smaller quantities of vitamin A and healthy carbohydrates. Bananas are especially helpful to the budget consumer since most fruits are not particularly cheap.</p><br /> <h2>Beans</h2><br /> <p>Since they provide lots of protein, beans are as filling and satisfying as they are cheap. Enjoyable on their own, beans are a great way to boost a meal's nutritional content, since they can be used as an ingredient in many different recipes. Beans are also a valuable source for such nutrients as potassium, an excellent way to consume enough fiber, and often contain antioxidants. Plus, beans can be bought in bulk for greater savings.</p><br /> <h2>Almonds</h2><br /> <p>Though most nuts are expensive, almonds are a happy exception. Almonds are the ideal snack since they provide a quick burst of energy and are much healthier than most other snack foods. Healthy (monounsaturated) fats, magnesium, vitamin E, and vitamin B are the most significant of the important vitamin and minerals found in almonds. Almonds are a valuable source for protein and fiber as well. Studies have found that almonds contribute to heart health and help lower cholesterol.</p><br /> <h2>Whole-wheat bread</h2><br /> <p>Sandwiches, one of the cheapest and most convenient meals there is, are too often created with nutrient-poor white bread. A far better choice is fiber-rich whole-wheat bread, which is just as inexpensive, but much healthier.¬†A grain's nutritional value is almost entirely contained in its germ and bran, which are generally removed except in products like whole-wheat bread.</p><br /> <h2>Spinach</h2><br /> <p>Vegetables are crucial to any diet, and spinach is one of the most nutrient-dense veggies there is, making it an excellent choice for those on a budget. Spinach is packed with vitamins and minerals such as folate, magnesium, vitamin A, vitamin K, and vitamin E. Though spinach on its own may be unpalatable to some, it can also be used as an ingredient in salads, soups, and many other dishes.</p><br /> <h2>Canned tuna</h2><br /> <p>As convenient as a food can be, canned tuna is an economical way to get a significant amount of the protein and calories the body needs every day. Even better, canned tuna is a great source for omega-3 fatty acids, which are necessary for many basic bodily functions and are crucial to brain health. Vitamin B12 (crucial for processing food into energy) and niacin (which helps the skin and digestive system stay healthy) are found in tuna as well.</p><br /> <h2>Whole milk</h2><br /> <p>Although high in fat, milk's nutritional value to cost ratio simply can't be ignored. Since it is high in protein, milk will help drinkers feel full and satiated for longer. Milk is a great source for calcium (crucial to bone integrity), vitamin D, and potassium. Also found in milk are such minerals and vitamins as phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, and vitamin B12. Bottom line: milk provides a fantastic nutritional bang for its buck.</p><br /> <h2>Peanut butter</h2><br /> <p>High in protein, peanut butter will provide a big energy boost and stave off hunger for hours -- two qualities important to people needing to save on food. Though peanut butter is rich in fat, this fat is mostly healthy, heart-friendly monounsaturated fat. Magnesium, vitamin E, and potassium are also found in peanut butter.</p><br /> <h2>Frozen vegetables</h2><br /> <p>Besides the specific veggies mentioned above, frozen vegetables of almost any type are a great deal for consumers. Surprisingly, frozen vegetables are also generally at least as healthy as the fresh stuff. As soon as they are harvested, frozen vegetables are flash frozen, locking in almost all available nutrients. In contrast, fresh vegetables start losing their nutritional value immediately after being picked. Cheaper <em>and</em> healthier -- frozen vegetables are a fantastic buy.</p><br /> <h2>Eggs</h2><br /> <p>Eggs are so rich in protein they could be described as nature's answer to protein powder, which means that consuming a <a href="http://strongdaily.net/how-many-calories-in-an-egg/">hard boiled egg</a>¬†will promote feelings of fullness and provide a big energy boost, making them an excellent value purchase. Plus, B vitamins, vitamin D, iron, and carotenoids are found in eggs.</p><br /> <h2>Whole-grain pasta</h2><br /> <p>A classic budget-friendly meal, normal pasta is, however, not especially healthy. A much better choice is the whole-grain variant of pasta, which is still extremely cheap. Whole-grain pasta is more nutritious than regular pasta because it contains three times as much fiber, double the calcium, extra protein, and higher amounts of substances such as selenium, phosphorus, B vitamins, magnesium, manganese, and copper.</p><br /> <p>As the above list clearly shows, the idea that eating nutritiously and saving money are mutually exclusive is wrong. Neither a limited budget nor a desire to cut expenses is a serious barrier to eating a good diet. The key is simply to prioritize consumption of foods that are both cheap and highly nutritious -- such as those listed in this article.</p><br /> <p>You've read <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/thirteen-foods-that-are-as-inexpensive-as-they-are-healthy/">13 Foods That Are as Inexpensive as They Are Healthy</a>, originally posted on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pickthebrain.com/blog">Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement</a>. 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When you try to aim at too many targets as the same time you end up hitting none of them.</p><br /> <p>Look at your current list of goals; what are the two or three main goals that you absolutely want to achieve?</p><br /> <p>To achieve¬†your goals¬†I highly recommend you to focus on the 1 or 2 area(s) of your life in which you really want to make significant changes. Identify the one or two main goals that will have the maximum impact in these areas before moving to any other areas of your life.</p><br /> <p>Main areas include your career, your health, your relationships, your personal growth and your finance. You should spend the majority of your time working on these goals because they will have the biggest impact on your life.</p><br /> <p>What are the areas of your life you really want to focus on right now?</p><br /> <h1><strong> 2) You are not obsessed with your goals </strong></h1><br /> <p>Let me guess: the only time you set goals is at the beginning of each year as part of your so-called New Year resolutions, but you quickly forget your resolutions a few weeks later.</p><br /> <p>Let's be honest, how truly committed are you to achieve your goals? How often do you look at your list of goals?</p><br /> <p>Here some of the things I personally do to ensure¬†I stay on track with my¬†goals:</p><br /> <ul><br /> <li>I look at my goals every single morning and read them out loud 2 or 3 times</li><br /> <li>I'm constantly thinking about them throughout the day.</li><br /> <li>I make my goals a must. Not achieving them is a big deal</li><br /> <li>I keep talking about them with my friends or other people I meet in order to increase my commitment to them</li><br /> </ul><br /> <p>What about you? How obsessed are you with your goals?</p><br /> <h1><strong> 3) You are not mentally prepared</strong></h1><br /> <p>You may be obsessed with your goals but what if you encounter major setbacks during your journey towards these goals?</p><br /> <p>Most people give up to easily on their goals and the main reason for that is because they fail to prepare themselves mentally for temporary setbacks. They don't create a clear plan of action that they can implement to cope with setbacks. Here are some questions you should ask yourself:</p><br /> <p>What are all the possible obstacles that I may encounter¬†as I'm working towards my goals? How will I tackle them? What would have to happen for me to give up?</p><br /> <p>Just by visualizing everything that may go wrong and writing down a contingency plan you will significantly increase your ability to persevere when facing temporary setbacks.</p><br /> <h1><strong> 4) You lack patience</strong></h1><br /> <p>I found lack of patience to be a major problem as I work towards my goals. The more obsessed you are with your goals, the more emotionally involved you will become. This is a good thing.</p><br /> <p>However, you also need to realize that constantly thinking about your goals can make you feel like you've been working on them for an entire year even though it has only been two weeks!</p><br /> <p>Then, you start feeling like you are not getting any result and before you know it you start doubting yourself ready to give up. Does it sound familiar? When that happens, keep telling yourself ¬ę¬†it's okay, I have time. I have time.¬†¬Ľ</p><br /> <p>You have time so don't let your mind trick you and keep working on your goals every day. Let me say it again: ‚Äúyou have time!‚ÄĚ.</p><br /> <p>These tips helped me tremendously stay on track with my goals so I sincerely hope that they will be as beneficial to you as they are to me. In case you don't have written goals yet, I highly encourage you to get started today!</p><br /> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Here is a special bonus for you</strong></span></p><br /> <p>Why not go further in your personal development journey? If you like this article I'm sure you will benefit from my¬†free e-book. You can download it below:</p><br /> <p><a href="http://whatispersonaldevelopment.org/subscription">The 5 Commandments of Personal Development</a></p><br /> <p><em>Thibaut Meurisse is the founder of whatispersonaldevelopment.org. Obsessed with improvement, he dedicates his life to finding the best possible ways to durably transform both his life and the lives of others. Check out his free e-book ‚Äú<a href="http://whatispersonaldevelopment.org/subscription">The 5 Commandments of Personal Development</a>‚ÄĚ or order his book¬†<a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0149Z6EPG">Goal Setting: The Ultimate Guide To Achieving Goals That Truly Excite You</a>¬†on Amazon now.</em></p><br /> <p>You've read <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/4-common-reasons-why-you-fail-to-achieve-your-goals/">4 Common Reasons Why You Fail to Achieve Your Goals</a>, originally posted on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pickthebrain.com/blog">Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement</a>. If you've enjoyed this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.</p>
Have you ever encountered such a situation where you remember a person by face but failed to recall his name? Often times we find ourselves totally helpless simply because our mind is in sleep mode for a while when we need it to behave actively. So what are you going to do for that? Thinking to take NZT like Jake? Well, the good news is, you can still make your brain active by changing few habits.
Read along to find out how you may train your brain and remember more things than you do now.
1- Quit¬†Smoking ASAP: When I say to quit smoking ASAP, you might think of it as an impossible thing. But yes, quitting your smoking habit will help you gain a more active mind. A study conducted by University of Michigan researchers revealed that smokers have lower IQ levels in comparison to non-smoker participants. It may appear a stylish act to hold a cigarette in your hand while you talk to your friends but it slows down your ability to think the way you can.
2- Try Memorizing¬†Things: Even if you have a weak memory, you still need to try this one. You need to give yourself little tasks of memorizing something from your routine activity or anything you get your hands on. Initially, it might appear exasperating but as you practice and create the habit of memorizing little things, you'll see positive changes in your memory and brain power. This useful practice of sharpening your memory comes from renowned choreographer and author of the book 'The Creative Habit' Twyla Tharp who applied the same in her professional activities.
3-¬†Acquire A New Skill: Another effective way to improve your memory and brain is to acquire new skills whenever you can. Doing routine tasks, again and again, might reduce our brain's ability but when we learn something new, our brain reacts in a different way. You may try learning a new language (how about the Chinese language you're putting off from years?) or try any physical skill that you like. As you work on yourself to acquire that new knowledge, you'll find out some changes in your mind and how it works in your favor.
4-¬†Tweak Your Mind With Mobile Apps: It's true that we rely on technology in most of the things that affected our normal IQ level. As a matter of fact, our reliance on digital devices made us think less. So how about that if we change the way we use technology and use it in our favor? If you want to make your memory strong enough, you may use that smartphone you're reading this post on. Yes, there are so many best brain training apps specifically developed to enhance your cognitive abilities and remember things efficiently. Offering different exercises to tweak your mind power, Elevate is a nice option to try. It offers different sets of training programs.
Another way to improve your mind power is by using BrainHQ mobile app allowing you so many tools to improve your memory. You may play games specifically designed to improve your mind. If you want to remember little but important information of various kinds, you should try Eidetic. The app is designed to help us memorize such information that we usually skip easily like dates, key figures from history vice versa.
One amusing way to sharpen your mind is by playing games, unlike solving exercises, on Lumosity. It offers you different games exclusively designed to train your mental muscles.
5-¬†Try Something New Continuously: Our brain works the way we want it, so in order to improve your memorization skills you need to train your mind a little bit. Think of a habit you dislike in yourself and compel your brain to do the opposite. It might appear a little hard initially but as you go along with it, you'll achieve your objectives. For instance, if you're the lazy person who doesn't like to do much work. You simply need to keep telling yourself to do some more work. Try small and then go big as you get hold of previous work quantity.
6- Exercise for a Sharp Mind: Here comes the very common tip you might get every now and then ‚§“ Exercise. Okay, you have heard this tip already but now is the time to finally take action. The reason to exercise is it helps the brain create new neural connections that help you learn things fast and become more proactive. If you can't manage a dedicated routine to hit the gym, you must find 20 minutes a day to work on your body that will improve your mind as well.
7-¬†Be More Outgoing: Talking does help you improve your memory. So try it and make this a routine to talk about something either with a friend or someone special on a daily basis. Studies show that people with outgoing attitudes have more active minds than those who behave reserved or anti-social.
8-¬†Eat Wisely: Try improving your memory by incorporating healthy choices. Eat delicious foods that contain proteins, and fiber to make your mind healthier. Nutritionists recommend eating fish as it contains EPA and DHA that is effective for mental health. You may even consider a vegetarian diet as red meat has been proven to slow you down. Don't be too upset though, there are some treats ‚§“ even dark chocolate is recommended for a healthy brain!
Try these tips and save yourself from the embarrassment of forgetting names or keys as you might be doing now.
Muhammad Usman Siddiqui is a young entrepreneur aged 22 years from Pakistan. His studies (Petroleum Engineering) has no relation to innovation and future technologies but the passion keeps him in this field. Follow him on Twitter!