Get to know beans
Two words: Dried legumes. “They’re high in protein just like meat, but beat meat when it comes to being lower in fat and high in fiber,” explains Joshua Duvauchelle, a personal trainer with a certificate in nutrition from Cornell University. Compared to meat, beans are much more affordable, and dried beans are cheaper still than canned. Beans come in so many varieties: mung, pinto, adzuki, and green lentils to name a few, so you’ll never be bored. If you like Indian food, dal makes a great and affordable legumes-based meal.