You can eat healthily for only $29.99 a month – just sign up for a membership to snag this limited time deal! Just kidding! I’m not interested in making people sign up for an exclusive club that sends “specialized” foods that magically make them lose weight. My own weight loss success has been found with eating real foods, on a budget, with no clubs or memberships. And if I can do it, I know you can, too! One of the best ways I’ve found for keeping up on my healthy food habits is to keep inexpensive healthy snacks on hand at all times. This way, if I get hungry in pinch, making a healthy choice is easy to do.
My top 5 “Go-To Snacks” for healthy eating on a budget are:
- Canned Tuna
- Almonds or Cashews
- Baby Carrots
- Cheddar Cheese
Each of these nutrient-packed snacks is inexpensive to purchase and involves little to no preparation.
Inexpensive Healthy Snacks: Tuna
Hubs and I often find ourselves enjoying tuna for lunch on the weekends. We always have it in the pantry, and it’s great on its own, or mixed with a little mayo, sour cream or yogurt. Hubs adds pickles to his, and I like to shred a little cheese in mine.
Almonds or Cashews
Almonds and cashews are both filling enough that a small handful will usually satisfy hunger or cravings between meals. They both cost a bit more than peanuts, but if you can swing it, I think they are worth the extra cost.
Baby carrots are one of my favorite vegetables for ease of serving, if nothing else. They don’t need to be cut or prepared in any way. Give them a quick rinse and you’re good to go. Easy, and delicious!
Cheese is another favorite. I just keep a block in the fridge so I can shred, slice or cube as I please. Plus, it’s more cost-effective to buy a block at a time instead of pre-sliced etc. It’s also easier to find a natural cheese without additives in block form.
Eggs are a different beast. They do involve some preparation!
So, unless you’re hard-boiling them on a regular basis or buying them already boiled (which is not as cost-effective), they don’t make a great “grab-and-go” snack. Plus, if you’re going to be in a car with other people, or sharing an office, it’s polite not to crack open a hard-boiled egg.
They are, however, quick to cook for a last-minute snack or meal, and can be very versatile. We typically go through 2-3 dozen eggs per week and have them for breakfast almost every day.
Anything to Add to the List of Inexpensive Healthy Snacks?
Are you ready to eat well, even if you’re on a limited budget?
On your next trip to the store, stock up on inexpensive healthy snacks like tuna, nuts, baby carrots, cheddar cheese, and eggs. It’s amazing how far a few dollars can take you with snacks like these.
What other inexpensive healthy snacks do you usually have on hand? Let me know in the comments!
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Thanks for the Link-Up, Jen!