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Supermarket Staple #7: Greens (Romaine, Arugula, Iceberg, Cabbage, Collards, Turnip Greens, Mustard Greens, Swiss Chard)

Why It's a Must Have: Greens contain a variety of antioxidants and phytochemicals that help your body stay healthy. Swiss chard, for example, is a magnesium powerhouse that can help boost your energy level and has been shown to reduce depression, says Dr. Brock. And just one cup of raw collard greens meets half of your recommended daily dose of vitamin C. “All leafy greens are must-haves for their low-calorie, nutrient-dense contribution to any meal plan for healthy living.”

Budget Bonus: “Buy leafy greens fresh in loose bunches as the cut, packaged options cost up to $2-3 more,” says Dr. Brock. “Frozen greens are acceptable for same nutrition but avoid canned or ‘seasoned’ varieties as they are usually not only more expensive, but high in sodium.”

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