Eat cheap and healthy by firstly knowing that health is recession-proof. No matter how rich or poor you are, your health has been, is and will always be the most important part of your life. You don’t have to be wealthy to be healthy. You simply need to take a moment, think about what you’re eating–and make wise choices from there. Here are some tips for eating healthy during hard times.
Fix yourself a plate of brown rice and beans with a green vegetable; it's cheaper than fast food and the least expensive meal you can have. If you can't afford fresh, then buy frozen green vegetables such as spinach. The vibrant color indicates antioxidants, and most people don't know that rice and beans make a complete protein.
Eat real food. If it has ingredients you are unfamiliar with, then you shouldn't eat it absentmindedly. Read labels. Choose the item with the fewest ingredients and ones that look familiar. Corn chips have corn, oil and salt. I'm not suggesting that corn chips are healthy, but they are often the lesser of the evils. Choose the real ice cream that has butter, sugar and flavors versus the one with all of the foreign, chemically enhanced ingredients.