Healthy Snacks You Can Actually Afford

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Eating healthy can feel like a chore, and it can take a toll on your wallet. Here are some healthy snacks that won’t break the bank to make it a little bit easier:

Bananas

Packed with potassium, fiber and natural sugar, a banana is a great snack. It’s also one of the cheapest items in the supermarket! Blend it with some greens to make a nutritious, delicious, affordable homemade smoothie.

Melon

Honeydew, cantalope and watermelon are great swaps for a sugary pastry or snack. They are also very cheap in the summer when they’re in season. They’re also usually pretty large, so you definitely get more bang for your buck.

Fruit Leather

While the store-bought version can be pricey, fruit leather is actually super easy to make yourself! Try this instead of candy if you’ve got a sweet craving.

Apples

An apple a day keeps the doctor away! It’s also a cheap, healthy snack that gives you some great nutrients on a budget.

Cottage Cheese

High in protein, low in calories and packed with all nine essential amino acids, this is a great snack on a budget.

Nuts

Skip the expensive salty mixes in the snack aisle and grab a bag of unsalted or raw nuts from the raw aisle. If you want just a little salt, mix two kinds together to reduce the sodium content and have a protein-rich healthy snack.

Bell Pepper

Sweet, savory, crunchy bell peppers are a great source of vitamin C and are very affordable in the produce section most times of the year. They’re also easy to grow yourself!

Nectarine

The peach’s less-fuzzy cousin, they are also less popular and usually cheaper than peaches. They are a souce of vitamin C and phenolic compounds that can fight belly fat. Throw these in your cart instead of canned peaches that are usually stored in high-fructose corn syrup.

Oats

Have you ever looked at the nutrition facts of a store-bought granola bar? They’re usually so full of sugar! Make your own granola bars for a slightly-sweet, filling snack without the guilt.

Eggs

A hard-boiled egg is a protein-packed healthy snack that satisfies without sugar. Depending on the type of eggs you get, these can be super affordable!

Peanut Butter

Slather a little on apple slices, oatmeal, toast or a wrap for a protein punch to whatever you’re snacking on.

Celery

Have you ever had to buy a huge head of celery for a recipe and then been at a loss with what to do with the rest of it? Celery sticks with peanut butter are a super healthy, crunchy, delicious snack that won’t cost you much.

Kale Chips

Kale is full of fiber and antioxidants, and making your own kale chipsis insanely easy!

Greek Yogurt

Put down the super sugary yogurt and pick up some nutrient-dense Greek yogurt instead. This is high in protein and can be mixed with sweet berries or savory veggies.

Baby Carrots

These are a healthy, tasty snack that are easy to come by in the supermarket or to grow in a backyard garden.

Pumpkin Seeds

As fall comes closer, consider keeping your Jack-O-Lantern scoopings to make your owntoasted pumpkin seeds. These are cheap to make, full of minerals and have way less fat than nuts or other snacks.

Edamame

Steam a bag of edamame (soy beans) and sprinkle them with a bit of pepper and salt for a super satisfying snack that only tastes expensive.

Hopefully this list of healthy snacks will make it easier for you to eat healthy on a budget!

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