Top Ten Budget Healthy Snacks 2011
Are you financially stretched? Honestly, who isn’t feeling the pain of our economic downturn?
Having your weekly budget slashed is never easy. It can be challenging to get out of the supermarket with a bag of groceries that totals less than $40.
For me, there is one critical point to remember about cutting food costs. I will not stop buying whole food even when times are tough. A cheap bag of cookies is just not going to work!
I believe there are potential long term health care costs of diet that does not include fruits and vegetables. Just like I pay for my car’s scheduled maintenance so it will last longer, I pay for fruits and vegetables so I will be here to greet my grandchildren.
Yes, it costs more per calorie than many of the packaged foods in the supermarket – but, I get all those nutrients and I feel better when I eat them.
The list below includes 10 snack recipes that feature less expensive whole food (no wild mushrooms on this list). The last 3 recipes are less expensive in the summer months because those fruits and vegetables are in season and can be bought for a song.
There are so many tricks to eating cheaper. My favorite involves a small extra freezer. I have seen friends buy flats of corn and just cut of the kernels and freeze them for the winter months (so smart). We freeze all the berries – strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries – that we pick and don’t eat immediately.
Here is a list of budget snacks that will cost you less than $1 per serving (some much less):
Less expensive in the summer months:
I realize that the prices on the produce items can vary quite a bit in different regions of the country. Generally, these items can be found for less – I bought TWO POUNDS of carrots for $1.79 yesterday (for example).