Snacking is essential to any healthy diet, but finding nutritious and affordable snacks can be challenging. Luckily, there are plenty of delicious and budget-friendly snack options if you know where to look. From homemade granola bars to roasted chickpeas, here are 19 healthy snacks for when you’re on a budget.
Fruit and Nut Trail Mix
A fruit and nut trail mix is a perfect snack on the go. Load up a bag with whatever fruits and nuts you have on hand – think raisins, almonds, dried cranberries, and cashews – for a delicious and healthy snack that’s economical too.
Homemade Granola Bars
Granola bars are easy to make at home with a few pantry staples. All you need is rolled oats, honey, peanut butter, and some dried fruit or chocolate chips. Mix everything, spread it in a pan, and bake it for a much cheaper snack than store-bought granola bars.
Chickpeas are not only budget-friendly snacks but also packed with protein and fiber. Toss some dried chickpeas in oil and your favorite seasonings and roast them until they’re crispy for a delicious crunchy snack that’s great on its own or sprinkled over salads or soups.
For a healthier alternative to potato chips, try making your veggie chips. Thinly slice carrots, sweet potatoes, and beets, toss them with oil and seasonings, then bake in the oven for a satisfying crunchy snack. Plus, it’s much cheaper than store-bought veggie chips.
Smoothie bowls are a great way to get fruits and veggies without breaking the bank. Make your smoothie bowl by blending fresh or frozen fruit, milk, and nut butter for a creamy and tasty snack. For a sweet crunch, top with your favorite granola, nuts, seeds, or coconut flakes.
Eggs are one of the most nutrient-dense and budget-friendly snacks around. Also, boiled eggs are easy to make and convenient to take on the go. You can get creative with your seasonings, like garlic powder or paprika, for a tasty and healthy snack.
Avocado toast is one of the easiest snacks you can make, and it’s good for your wallet too. It only requires simple ingredients like bread, avocado, and some seasonings. Top it with your favorite veggies or proteins.
Peanut Butter Banana Roll-ups
Do you want a cost-effective and healthy way to use overripe bananas lurking in your pantry? Try this; roll up some sliced bananas in peanut butter and you have a protein-packed delicious snack. Add dark chocolate chips, nuts, or even granola to the mix.
Hummus and Veggies
Hummus is an easy and inexpensive snack that can be made in minutes. Just blend some canned chickpeas with olive oil, tahini, and some seasonings, then serve it with fresh-cut vegetables like carrots, cucumber, and bell peppers – you have a tasty and nutritious snack!
Yogurt parfaits are an easy way to get your daily dose of probiotics and protein. Layer yogurt, fresh or frozen fruits, nuts, and granola in a glass for an easy and healthy snack that will keep you full until your next meal.
Ants on a Log
Ants on a Log is a classic snack perfect. Fill celery with peanut butter, then top with raisins for a protein-packed and tasty snack. You can also use other nut butter like almond or cashew butter to mix things up.
Edamame is a great budget-friendly snack that’s high in fiber and protein. It’s super simple to make; boil some frozen edamame in salted water and serve with sesame seeds for added flavor.
Popcorn is a great snack that’s low in calories and high in fiber. To prepare it, pour some popcorn kernels into a paper bag, fold the top down, and pop it into the microwave. Once your popcorn is done, sprinkle it with dark chocolate chips.
Frozen Fruit Bars
Fruit bars are a great way to satisfy your sweet cravings without breaking the bank. Look for bars made with natural ingredients like frozen fruit and honey – they contain no added sugars or artificial sweeteners, so they’re a much healthier option than most store-bought snacks.
Frozen Yogurt Bites
Yogurt bites are a delicious and healthy snack that can be made in minutes. Spoon some yogurt into a mini muffin tin and freeze it until it’s solid. Pop out the bites and enjoy a delicious frozen treat much healthier than ice cream.
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
If you’re looking for a snack that’s both delicious and healthy, roasted pumpkin seeds are a great option. You only need to rinse and pat dry the seeds, season them with olive oil and your favorite herbs or spices, then bake or roast them until crispy.
Sliced Apples With Peanut Butter
Sliced apples pair perfectly with peanut butter for a delicious and healthy snack. Spread some natural peanut butter on top of your favorite apple slices and enjoy a crunchy snack high in protein and fiber.
Dark Chocolate-covered Almonds
A handful of almonds is a great snack for an energy boost. To make it even more indulgent, dip them in some melted dark chocolate. The combination of protein, healthy fats, and antioxidants makes it a perfect snack to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Mixed nuts are a great snack to have on hand for when hunger strikes. They contain various healthy fats and proteins that will keep you full until your next meal. Mix some of your favorite unsalted nuts like cashews, almonds, and walnuts.
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