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Feasting for Less


Feasting for Less

These tough economic times require cost-conscious measures, but when it comes to the dinner table, a majority of Americans try not to end up being penny-wise and pound foolish.  In a March 2009 Marist Poll, 54% of Americans tell us they look for healthy alternatives in their everyday dinner recipes.  26% say their top recipe priority is its affordability, followed by 13% who want it to be fast, and 7% who need it to be kid-friendly.



However, money does matter.  Households with a family income of less than $50,000 divide: 45% look for a recipe that is healthy but 40% say their top priority is affordability.  This compares with 60% of families with an income of $100,000 or more who weigh healthy options highest.

And, as we age, concern with cost and speed declines and the value of healthy choices in the recipes we choose increases.

Everyday Recipe Table

Marist Poll Methodology

Related Links:

Nutrition Data:  Know What You Eat

Dietary Guidelines for Americans

Healthy and affordable:  Recipes

Healthy and affordable:  Money saving tips

Healthy dinner ideas from the Food Network

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  1. My juicing web

    December 21, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    We can get cheap healthy food by making them by our self. There is no ” Cheap Restaurant” anymore in this day.

  2. My Juice Cleanse

    June 16, 2010 at 4:13 AM

    It’s unfortunate that the ability to eat healthy food is tied so closely to income levels. However I have noticed lately that there seem to be many more healthy foods such as organic, so maybe this will positively affect affordability.

  3. Ted

    June 26, 2009 at 2:01 PM

    It is definitely a lifestyle change… all areas of your life need to reflect a healthy life style and your correct in having a balanced spiritual, physical and emotional life.

  4. Food coupons

    May 12, 2009 at 7:54 PM

    It sounds like we don’t value money as much and put more value on health as we are getting older… hm, interesting stats.


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