Light on calories and heavy on value, some staples are always worth keeping on hand. Here are a few of our healthy and inexpensive favorites.
Instead of artificial sweeteners, keep honey in your pantry.
Why? Both are just pennies per teaspoon. But along with being a delicious sweetener, honey contains minerals, amino acids and vitamins, and it is free of the chemicals that make up artificial sweeteners. Studies have linked honey to benefits such as lowered cholesterol and improved memory. Also, honey has a strong flavor, so a little goes a long way.
Tip: At work, stow a jar to sweeten up your morning joe, or try honey instead of sugar in your favorite baked goods, with a few simple modifications. For every cup of honey, reduce the liquid by ¼ cup, and lower the oven by 25°F to prevent overbrowning.
Cost: 17¢ per serving