No matter what meal plan, diet, or eating style you follow chances are there will be snacking between meals. Snacking on the wrong things can not only be expensive but can completely derail your progress. You shouldn’t have to buy separate snacks for your family. These are all great options over a wide range of tastes. Try them all and see what your family likes best!
So here’s a list of healthy snacks that are easy on the budget and your goals.
These are some of my favorites and some that my kids love too!
- Raw veggies with hummus
- Apple slices with peanut butter
- Yogurt with berries (you can add some granola on top)
- Cottage cheese with tomatoes and cucumbers (or any raw veggies you like)
- Brown rice cakes with peanut butter and half a banana
- Protein shake mixed with water
- Green smoothie or fresh from the juicer juice
- Celery with peanut butter and raisins
- Whole wheat tortilla with peanut butter, banana, and coconut shavings
- Deli meat or salami with cheese and whole wheat crackers with carrots and cucumbers
Using simple whole ingredients is the best way to plan snacks. I know that giving the kids a choice between a variety of healthy snacks is a great way to get them to eat healthier. Making your own from scratch is also a great way to be frugal, the hummus or tortillas are easily made at home.
Being able to use some of the same ingredients for multiple snacks means you can buy less and save yourself some money at the grocery store. It also means a less likely chance that food will go to waste before you get a chance to eat it. Also, taking some of your sides or ingredients from meals you have planned are a great way to save money also. Healthy eating doesn’t have to be expensive or impossible.
Finding easy solutions that you can prep ahead of time and just grab them when you need them make snacking a breeze.
In order to be better prepared for the week I will separate all my snacks and measure out portions using portion control containers (check out container eating plans here) Especially the veggies, if they’re washed, cut, and separated by portions I am much more willing to eat them.
Having them prepackaged means my kids can go into the fridge and grab one by themselves. Healthier snacking and giving them a choice of what they have leads to great healthy habits later in life.
It’s all about making sure they are ready to go, frugal ingredients and kid friendly. If you can meet most of those requirements it is so much easier to stick to a healthy lifestyle. You shouldn’t spend an arm and a leg just to keep your family full and healthy.
What do you like to snack on when you’re eating healthy?
How do you get your kids to make healthier choices?