Right?! Real food is expensive. Processed food is cheap. But at what cost? Today I’m going to give you some inexpensive, healthy snack foods and bring to light that healthy food doesn’t have to be expensive. Double bonus is that healthy food will keep you full & satisfied longer than processed food. I’ll be focusing on snacks this time, so hopefully it’ll also help those of you with little ones in school. One note – don’t be afraid of carbs if they’re from natural sources like fruit. Yes, they can still cause an insulin response, however it’s much better than the alternative with what processed sugars (or artificial sugars) do to your body.
fat 0 / protein 0 / carbs 7 / fiber 1
price per serving: $0.60 for organic
Apples are a great satiating food and kids love the crunch. Plus the phytonutrients in apples can help regulate blood sugar. “An apple a day keeps the doctor away…”
fat 0 / protein 1 / carbs 29 / fiber 3
price per serving: $0.10 / $0.20 for organic
We love bananas – they travel easily and are higher in fiber. Bananas are an excellent source of vitamin B6, soluble fiber, and contain moderate amounts of vitamin C, manganese and potassium. At just 10 cents a serving, you can’t find a snack much better than this. Inexpensive and full of good stuff.
fat 17 / protein 6 / carbs 6 / fiber 4
price per serving: $0.47
Almonds are a nutritionally dense food and is a rich source of vitamin E. They are also rich in dietary fiber, B vitamins, essential minerals such as magnesium, copper, manganese, calcium, and potassium.
fat 0 / protein 1 / carbs 8 / fiber 2
price per serving: $0.34 for organic
Baby carrots contain β-carotenes which are partly metabolised into vitamin A in humans – helping with vision. Plus kids just love them because they’re small and cute and crunchy.
fat 0 / protein 1 / carbs 31 / fiber 2
price per serving: $0.33
I have to admit that raisins have become one of my favorite treats. I get them in bulk at Earth Fare because they’re plump and juicy. Raisins are also high in certain antioxidants. Bonus.
fat 0 / protein 0 / carbs 16 / fiber 1
price per serving: $0.42
These would not be my first choice for a “healthy” snack but I think they’re a great alternative to other fruit snacks with artificial colors and preservatives. Try to find fruit stripes with few ingredients and only fruit if you can.
fat 0 / protein 0 / carbs 13 / fiber 1
price per serving: $0.42
Sprinkle on some cinnamon for a nice fall snack (or any time really). I’d recommend a whole apple instead, but for those who can’t yet eat an apple or that want a softer snack, unsweetened organic applesauce is a great choice.
fat 6 / protein 6 / carbs <1 / fiber 0
price per serving: $0.28
We all love string cheese. It’s high in calcium and is fun to eat. My kids like to make an octopus out of theirs.