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Snack Attack: Inexpensive and Nutritious Snacks (and Meals)

I've been a big Joy Bauer fan; she kind of has a tough love approach to eating. In her book, Food Cures, she gives great tips and tidbits on how to eat right, easily.

Joy has a little column/blog on Yahoo health, and her most recent entry about finding inexpensive, healthy snacks was right up my alley, particularly since I am always complaining about how expensive it is to be healthy.

Here are highlights:
Afternoon Snacks:

  • 5 cups air-popped popcorn (2 tablespoons Jolly Time kernels) = 5 cents
  • 1/4 cup raw almonds = 20 cents
  • 1 Polly-O string cheese (from a large bag at a wholesale club) = 16 cents
  • 1 apple = 50 cents
  • 1 Nature Valley granola bar packet (from a large box at a wholesale club) = 16 cents

For some inexpensive and healthy meal ideas, just

Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs and English Muffin = $1.20
Two scrambled eggs cooked in nonstick spray; serve with toasted whole-grain English muffin topped with 2 teaspoons of I Can't Believe It's Not Butter.

Lunch: Taco Bell = $1.98
Two "fresco style" healthy chicken or bean tacos (extra salsa)

Dinner: Pasta with Marinara Sauce and Shrimp = $1.70
2 oz dry Mueller's whole-grain penne (1 cup cooked) with ¾ cup marinara sauce and 3 ounces frozen shrimp.


Join The Conversation
ktgrl1818 ktgrl1818 9 years
yum! i got a 3 lb bag of apples (organic) for only 1.99!
TidalWave TidalWave 9 years
"1/4 cup raw almonds = 20 cents" But a plastic tub of them is close to $6.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I buy apples for like, $1 a pound. So it works out to be approximately 50 cents each, maybe a little less. I suppose organic stuff would cost more though. Eggs are the best cheap food there is. They cost something like 80 cents a dozen (I get free range ones from a lady I work with for $1 a dozen and they are MUCH fresher than the store bought ones). They're a great source of protein and are loaded with vitamins. I also like canned tuna, brown rice, frozen veggies, broccoli, and milk as good, cheap food. If you know how to shop, you can eat really healthily for not a lot of $$.
kgtg1 kgtg1 9 years
I bought three organic apples this morning for 2.96
HeatherLHayen HeatherLHayen 9 years
When was the last time you bought at 50 cent apple? I just bought three the other day and it cost $8, and they weren't even organic.
skinnyforme skinnyforme 9 years
This can be very handy.
caernarvan caernarvan 9 years
I don't know... I question the labeling of a Taco Bell meal as Healthy. Although I haven't read the nutritional info.
merymery merymery 9 years
As a college student, this is perfect. Thanks!
hottpink hottpink 9 years
Yum!! I don't like any of the meals, but I will definitely try some of the snackies!! :)
rlveronica rlveronica 9 years
This is great, thanks Fit! :)
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