5 Healthy Snacks That Are Delicious and Cheap. Healthy food is expensive. No matter what the experts say. So why should you spend your hard-earned money on salads, salmon and cheddar cheese when you can get a gazillion different snacks at the local convenience store for next to nothing?
A pack of grapes can be more expensive than a gelato. And a cup of kale can be more expensive than a bag of potato chips. And guess what?
The same is true for good coffee or tea. The number of different coffees available to consumers is increasing exponentially. In fact, there are now over 7,500 varieties of coffee available in grocery stores. Of those, the average American drinks only a few varieties.
(And here’s the thing about craft coffee: As craft brewing has been popularized, specialty coffee has been struggling to keep up. All those tiny coffee shops in San Francisco and Brooklyn are perfect examples of how that’s going, which is why the next big wave of coffee trends will be smaller, local shops that focus on improving on the quality of their beans.)
The point is, you’re going to be spending more money to eat healthy. You’re going to have to pay more for your food.
But what if you can make healthy food cheaper? A lot of it can be done with a few basic cooking techniques and food prep hacks.
Why isn’t your own pantry the same as everyone else’s? Because you’re probably going to be spending the extra money to buy better ingredients.
But once you stop buying convenience food, use a cheaper grocery store, and cook from scratch all the time, you’ll see a whole new world of cost savings open up for you.
This list of healthy snacks is more than just an entertaining read. It’s a great guide for anyone who wants to eat well and is looking for more ways to eat more healthfully.
It covers everything from high-protein nuts, to inexpensive, whole-grain tortillas, to cost-saving homemade recipes that won’t break your budget.
(This page only scratches the surface of healthy snack recipes, but is meant to give you an idea of some of the delicious, easy-to-make foods that you can use to stock your pantry and healthy eating arsenal.)
It is likely that you already have some of the food on this list at home. But if not, this list is a great place to start.
A lot of these options can be found at your local grocery store. But some of them may require a trip to a specialty health food store.
And there are some that you may not have heard of.
Once you get a taste for them, you’ll likely want to try more of them. They’re all so cheap, you might not want to stop at just one.
Plus, there are always new snacks popping up on grocery store shelves. This list isn’t perfect. But it’s a good starting place to get your fingers dirty and come up with some of your own.
Ways to make health food cheaper:
Go Fresh: Fresh produce is usually a lot cheaper than frozen, canned or packaged. Groceries aren’t even really your cheapest option — the prices can often be the same no matter where you go. However, fresh produce is still going to be cheaper. Just be sure to only buy what you need when you need it and be willing to eat slightly different fruits and vegetables from those around you. Know the Different Price Categories: With that being said, there are some staples that are more expensive than others. For example, you can get organic produce at a premium, but organic milk isn’t very expensive. Always read the labels of the food you’re buying. Avoid Unhealthy Substitutes: When food prices are out of control, you can get taken advantage of by some food retailers. Many stores try to mark up store-brand products, simply by adding an extra charge to them. So, if you’re at the grocery store and see something marked down, don’t buy it thinking it will taste better or be fresher. You’ll be paying for a healthy ingredient, but the one you’re buying has been processed.
With that being said, there are some staples that are more expensive than others. For example, you can get organic produce at a premium, but organic milk isn’t very expensive. Always read the labels of the food you’re buying.
Avoid Unhealthy Substitutes: When food prices are out of control, you can get taken advantage of by some food retailers. Many stores try to mark up store-brand products, simply by adding an extra charge to them. So, if you’re at the grocery store and see something marked down, don’t buy it thinking it will taste better or be fresher.
You’ll be paying for a healthy ingredient, but the one you’re buying has been processed. Don’t Pay the Powder: In these articles, we don’t advocate skipping meals or gorging on fast food or processed food. However, these days, some people are dealing with limited budgets.
This means it’s a lot harder to get the health food you’re looking for. But there are still ways to cut corners, especially on the nutrition side of things. You can buy in bulk and prepare certain meals from scratch for the same cost as getting an expensive meal that comes from a box or has a lot of unhealthy additives. If you want to cut down on the cost of the food, make sure to get the best bang for your buck. It’s going to take a little bit of creativity to do this, but it will be worth it in the end.
Healthy Eating Tips for Working Parents
Whether you’re home with your little one or at the office, it can be hard to make healthy food choices when you’re trying to find a workable balance.
As a mom, it’s been difficult for me to get enough protein or vegetables to sustain myself on a long work day. I can barely make it through the work day without a snack.
By the time I get home, I’m hungry again and can barely keep my eyes open.
Some days, I do alright. I’ll have a salad or maybe a snack.
Other days, I can’t get through the workday without a snack or a meal at least once.
There are so many healthy food options, but finding the time to cook and shop for them is overwhelming.
Do you know what healthy foods your boss and coworkers are eating?
Some people eat healthy food on the job, so why do you feel like you’re stuck eating the bad stuff?
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