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EAST TEXAS (KYTX) -- With food prices going up, eating healthy on a budget can seem impossible.      

That's why there's a class at the East Texas food bank called "Cooking Matters."   

Making your dollar go further at the grocery store starts with a little planning and education, but it doesn't mean you have to sacrifice on taste or nutrition.

"That looks fairly lean, what you want to look for is the nuval score," Cooking Matters instructor Angie Shoffner said. "The meats with the highest nuval score means it's probably lower in saturated fat."

Shoffner is taking her "Cooking Matters" students on a grocery store tour at Super-1-Foods. 

During their six week class, they get down to the basics. The students look at food labels and nutrition content and pay close attention to each food item's unit price so they can compare prices and save money.

"A lot of times we see foods that is more expensive and we think they are healthier when in reality they are not any healthier," she said. "In reality it comes down to the whole foods and getting down to the basics and when you can do that you can really find foods that are relatively cheap and you can prepare a meal with leftovers. It ends up being a lot cheaper than a boxed meal."

Shoffner said nutrition is very important at the food bank, that's why they're committed to educating their clients on making healthier choices.   

She said a good rule of thumb is to stick to your grocery list, check sales ads for healthier options and to shop the perimeter of the grocery store; that's generally where you find whole foods.  

Also, when comparing frozen, fresh and canned fruits and veggies, Shoffner said to go with the least expensive. 

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