Eating healthy on a budget can seem to be difficult, but it shouldn’t be.

The American Heart Association, which will hold the Lowcountry Heart Walk at 8 a.m. Saturday at Liberty Square in Charleston, set out to disprove that eating healthy is expensive. Last week, as part of several suggestions on “How to Have a Healthy Home,” the association released a list of “Healthy Foods Under $1.”

Amy Mendez, a registered dietitian with the Seinsheimer Cardiovascular Health Program at the Medical University of South Carolina, says some people have experienced “sticker shock” recently with the rise in food prices. She urges them to be vigilant when thinking about food purchases and to use the association’s list as a guide.

“Don’t get stuck thinking that you can’t afford to eat healthfully. Take a few minutes to evaluate what ‘healthy’ and ‘expensive’ mean,” says Mendez. “Remember that ‘healthy’ is not just the absence of the ‘bad stuff’ like saturated fat, sodium or sugar. It also means that the food is full of the ‘good stuff’ like potassium, calcium, naturally occurring fiber and antioxidants.

“All items on the AHA list contain at least one or more of these ‘good’ nutrients.”

Great for: Snacks, green salads, main-dish salads and fruit salads.

What’s a serving?: One large apple.

Price per serving: About $1. Apples sell for about $1.99 per pound, and an extra-large crisp apple weighs about a half-pound.

Nutrition Info per serving: About 118 calories, 5.5 grams fiber, 18 percent daily value for vitamin C, and 7 percent daily value for potassium.

Great for: Snacks, casseroles, stews, veggie platters and side dishes.

What’s a serving?: About a half-cup or 2 ounces raw.

Price per serving: 19 cents. A 16-ounce bag costs about $1 on sale and contains about 8 servings.

Nutrition Info per serving: About 21 calories, 2 grams of fiber and 166 percent daily value for vitamin A.

Great for: Snacks, fruit salads, yogurt parfaits and smoothies.

What’s a serving?: One banana.

Price per serving: About 45 cents. Bananas sell for about 89 cents per pound, and a large banana weighs about a half-pound.

Nutrition Info per serving: About 121 calories, 3.5 grams fiber, 14 percent daily value for potassium, and 20 percent daily value for vitamin C.

Great for: Green salads, casseroles, stews and chili. Types of beans range from 50 percent less sodium kidney beans and black beans to white beans and garbanzo beans.

What’s a serving?: Each can contains about 3.5 half-cup servings.

Price per serving: About 28 cents. You can buy a 15-ounce can for about $1 on sale.

Nutrition Info per serving: About 108 calories (for kidney beans), 7 grams protein, 7 grams fiber, 12 percent daily value for folate, 8 percent daily value for iron and 9 percent daily value for potassium.

Great for: Italian and Mexican recipes, chili, stew and casseroles. Flavor options range from no-salt-added sliced stewed tomatoes to diced tomatoes with garlic and olive oil.

What’s a serving?: One can contains about 3.5 half-cup servings.

Price per serving: About 28 cents. You can buy a 14.5-ounce can for about $1 on sale (often less for store brands).

Nutrition Info per serving: About 20 calories, 1 gram fiber, 7 percent daily value of potassium and 19 percent daily value of vitamin C.

Great for: Snacks, green salads and fruit salads.

What’s a serving?: One large or extra-large orange.

Price per serving: 40 cents for a large orange and 79 cents for an extra-large orange. Oranges sell for around 79 cents per pound, and a large orange is about half a pound.

Nutrition Info per serving: About 86 calories (for an 8-ounce orange), 4.5 grams fiber, 5 percent daily value for vitamin A, 163 percent daily value vitamin C, 14 percent daily value for folate, 7 percent daily value for calcium and 10 percent daily value for potassium.

Great for: Snacks, as an appetizer with cheese, green salads and fruit salads.

What’s a serving?: One large pear.

Price per serving: About 45 cents for a large pear. Pears sell for about 90 cents per pound, and a large pear weighs about half a pound.

Nutrition Info per serving: About 133 calories, 7 grams of fiber, 16 percent daily value for vitamin C, and 8 percent daily value for potassium.

Great for: Soups and stews, cold bean salads and casseroles.

What’s a serving?: 2 ounces (dry).

Price per serving: About 14 cents. A 16-ounce bag sells for $1.12 on sale and contains eight servings.

Nutrition Info per serving: 200 calories, 15 grams protein, 17 grams fiber, 24 percent daily value for iron, 17 percent daily value for magnesium, 16 percent daily value for potassium and 68 percent daily value for folate.

Great for: Soups and stews, cold salads and casseroles.

What’s a serving?: 2 ounces (dry).

Price per serving: About 12 cents. A 16-ounce bag of dry pearl barley sells for about 94 cents and contains about 8 servings.

Nutrition Info per serving: 200 calories, 9 grams fiber, 6 grams protein, 8 percent daily value for iron and 11 percent daily value for magnesium.

Great for: Smoothies, parfait, dips and dressings.

What’s a serving?: Usually an 8- or 6-ounce container.

Price per serving: About 60 cents. This is usually the price for an 8-ounce container of plain fat-free yogurt.

Nutrition Info per serving: 127 calories (for 8 ounces of plain fat-free yogurt), 13 grams of protein, 45 percent daily value for calcium, 11 percent daily value for magnesium, 17 percent daily value for potassium and 7 percent daily value for folate.

Great for: Omelets, hardboiled or salads.

What’s a serving?: One medium egg. Limit egg yolks to no more than four per week.

Price per serving: About 13 cents per egg.

Nutrition Info per serving: 63 calories, 4 grams fat, 186 milligrams cholesterol, 62 milligrams sodium, no carbohydrates, and 6 grams protein.

Great for: Steamed as a side dish, tossed in salads, mixed in brown rice or whole-wheat pasta dishes or a snack with veggie dip.

What’s a serving?: 1 cup raw or 1/2 cup cooked

Price per serving: About 45 cents per serving. Broccoli sells for about $1.79 per crown, and each crown has about 4 servings.

Nutrition Info per serving (raw): 20 calories, no fat, no cholesterol, 19 milligrams sodium, 4 grams carbohydrates, 2 grams protein, 43 percent daily value of vitamin A and 110 percent daily value of vitamin C.

Great for: Baked, mashed or steamed.

What’s a serving?: One medium potato, no skin.

Price per serving: About 50 cents per potato.

Nutrition Info per serving: 115 calories, no fat, no cholesterol, 41 milligrams sodium, 27 grams carbohydrates, 4 grams fiber, 2 grams protein, 475 percent daily value of vitamin A and 32 percent daily value of vitamin C.

Great for: Stir fry, steamed with veggies.

What’s a serving?: 1/2 cup cooked.

Price per serving: About 10 cents per serving ($1.99/bag, about 20 servings per bag).

Nutrition Info per serving: 109 calories, 1 gram fat, no cholesterol, 5 milligrams sodium, 23 grams carbohydrates, 2 grams fiber, and 3 grams protein.

Great for: Snacking, mixed into brown rice or whole-wheat pasta dishes.

What’s a serving?: 1/2 cup cooked or 1 cup raw.

Price per serving: About 25 cents per serving.

Nutrition Info per serving (cooked): 34 calories, no fat, no cholesterol, 3 milligrams sodium, 6 grams carbohydrates, 2 grams fiber, 3 grams protein, 64 percent daily value of vitamin C, 16 percent daily value of vitamin A and 10 percent daily value of iron.

Great for: Cold or hot beverage.

What’s a serving?: One tea bag brewed in 1 cup of water.

Price per serving: About 13 cents per bag ($2.50 for a box of 20 bags).

Nutrition Info per serving: Numerous antioxidants, no calories and no milligrams of sodium.

Great for: Hot oatmeal or baking.

What’s a serving?: 1/2 cup cooked.

Price per serving: About 18 cents per serving.

Nutrition Info per serving: 83 calories, 2 grams fat, no cholesterol, 5 milligrams sodium, 14 grams carbohydrates, 2 grams fiber and 3 grams protein.

Great for: Tossed salads or steamed as a side dish.

What’s a serving?: 1 cup raw or 1/2 cup cooked.

Price per serving: About 80 cents per serving (based on a $2.39 prepackaged bag with 3 servings; each serving will be cheaper when purchasing fresh spinach instead of prepackaged).

Nutrition Info per serving (raw): 7 calories, no fat, no cholesterol, 24 milligrams sodium, 1 gram carbohydrate, 1 gram fiber, 1 gram protein, 56 percent daily value of vitamin A, 20 percent daily value of folate, 181 percent daily value of vitamin K, 5 percent daily value of iron and 3 percent daily value of calcium.