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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.


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