HEALTHY FOODS FOR UNDER $1

Sweet Potatoes – Cost: About 60 cents each. Each super spud packs 4 g of fiber and more than 25% of the daily dose of vitamins A and C. Peel, cut and toss with olive oil and salt, and bake for 30 minutes at 425 F.

Frozen Spinach – Cost: Roughly 45 cents per half cup. Just as flavorful and contains as much vitamin K as fresh spinach. Just defrost and drain excess water to use in sautés or pasta dishes.

Black Beans – Cost: About 34 cents per half cup. These legumes have the most antioxidants of any bean, ounce for ounce. Sauté with onions, garlic and tomatoes and serve over brown rice for a healthy and quick meal.

Eggs – Cost: About 16 cents each. One of the best sources of protein. Hard-boil a batch and use on toast, in salads or sandwiches for the week.

Bananas – Cost: About 35 cents each. Bananas are a great source of potassium, magnesium, vitamins C and B6, and fiber. Cut one into yogurt or cereal for a wholesome breakfast or take one to go as a snack.

GO AHEAD, HAVE SOME CHOCOLATE
Despite its indulgent nature, chocolate also has some healthy aspects. Dark chocolate has antioxidant qualities. So it’s OK to give your sweetheart chocolates for Valentine’s Day, just stay away from the heart-shaped boxes with butter creams and stick to dark chocolate bars with at least 60 percent cocoa.