Today, I’m going to prove to you that it doesn’t cost the earth to eat healthily. Instead of spending a fortune at a coffee shop, I’m going to show you that you can enjoy tasty and cheap healthy snacks for a dollar or less.
I frequently hear the excuse being aired that it’s just too expensive to eat a healthy diet and to live a healthy lifestyle, but for most people it’s just an excuse. A really lame one.
There is no doubt that some healthy snacks and foods are expensive. However, the fact remains that some of the cheapest items you can buy are also the healthiest.
The secret? Cruise the perimeter of the supermarket. This way, you’ll get the best nutrition for the least amount of money.
It’s there you will find healthy cheap snacks, such as fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, dairy, nuts and seeds. If you’re wise, you’ll also go for produce that is on special, and in season as they’re normally cheaper.
15 cheap healthy snacks…
Please note: this is price per serving
#1 Pumpkin seeds $0.27 (1/2 ounce)
#2 Plain popcorn $0.34 (1 cup)
#3 Boiled egg $0.38
#4 Banana $0.40 each
#5 Whole orange juice $0.40 (8 fluid ounces)
#6 Plain yoghurt $0.48 (8 ounces)
#7 Raw carrots $0.49 (1/2 cup)
#8 Fruit and nut mix $0.50 (1 ounce)
#9 Cheddar cheese $0.56 (1 ounce)
#11 Cherry tomatoes $0.60 (6 small tomatoes)
#10 Whole wheat bagel $0.67 each
#12 Raw broccoli $0.75 (1/2 cup)
#13 Granny smith apple $0.80 each
#14 Bosc pear $0.85 each
#15 All bran cereal $0.88 (1/2 cup)
Obviously you may be able to get some of these items cheaper, particularly if you buy from a fresh food market – this is just a guideline.
To make some of these snacks nutritionally complete and more satisfying, you may want to add something extra which will obviously increase the cost. So, for example you could have raw carrots plus hummus dip.
However, I hope you can see that healthy food doesn’t have to be more expensive.
If you don’t care for your health, consider how eating cheap healthy snacks instead of junk equivalents could help you save money…
Comparable unhealthy snacks…
#1 Snickers $0.99 (2.07 ounce)
#2 Doritos Cool Ranch Chips $0.99 (2.125 ounces)
#3 Cocoa Cola $1.49 (20 fluid ounces)
#4 Twinkies $1.49 (3 ounces)
#5 Red Bull $2.89 (12 fluid ounces)
Obviously, treat foods are fine in moderation.
But, ask yourself if you’d be satisfied with only one of these snacks. My guess is NO. Maybe cola and Twinkies would be your choice. This would cost $2.98, plus the fat, sugar, high fructose corn syrup…
Whereas, if you were to choose the whole wheat bagel with a glass of orange juice, your hunger would be satisfied for a mere $1.07.
Put your dollar to good use, and you’ll start eating healthier and feeling great as a result!
What do you think? Have I oversimplified this issue?