It is definitely possible to eat healthily and stick to your budget, but there are certain foods that are worth spending a little extra dough on. While there are many factors that play into what you spend your hard-earned cash on, try to keep in mind that aiming for high-quality, nutrient-dense ingredients will leave you more satisfied with a smaller amount.
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)-certified organic eggs are given feed that is certified organic, free from hormones, arsenic, antibiotics, pesticides, genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), or animal by-products, and the hens are not confined to cages. These eggs are higher in beneficial vitamins, minerals, and omega-3 fats and are lower in saturated fat and total calories.
Don’t bother spending extra on cartons labeled “cage-free” or “free-range” because there is no independent third party checking to see if these hens are truly cage-free or have enough access to the outdoors, and the USDA hasn’t even set a standard for companies putting these bogus claims on their labels.