If eating healthy is your goal and you think it will pinch your weekly grocery budget, think again. There are smart snack swaps you can make that will save you money instead.
Good nutrition doesn’t have to wreak havoc on your weekly food budget. You can eat far more nutritious snacks than some of the ones you have likely been consuming, and still have money left at the end of the week, too.
Consider swapping out some of the following snacks that seriously lack nutrition for others that are far better choices.
Foods like oatmeal, carrots, raisins, and yogurt are high in nutrition and low in calories. Try eliminating some of the less healthy snacks you normally eat and replace them with these staples.
For example, a handful of potato chips (about 8 chips) costs an average of 27 cents per serving. A handful of carrot sticks costs only about 17 cents. Not only are the carrots more nutritious, but they also provide lots of fiber which will keep you full longer.
If you’re craving something sweet, replace a piece of a chocolate bar with a handful of raisins. You will save about 21% on the cost of your food if you swap one for the other.
Processed cheese is a delicious quick snack, but it’s “processed,” and that means it’s filled with sodium and a lot of things that aren’t good for you. Eat a small low-fat yogurt instead and you’ll not only save on your sodium consumption, but you will also save 22% on the cost of the cheese.
Soda is one of the biggest health culprits around–and it is expensive, too. Swap out soda for home-brewed iced tea. Add some lemon and a teaspoon of real sugar if you need to sweeten it. You will at the very least be drinking a beverage that isn’t laden with chemicals and it will cost you more than 50% less than consuming soda. Drink water and enjoy 100% savings.
So you see, eating healthy doesn’t have to cost more than eating unhealthy junk foods. Discipline yourself to make these swaps for one week and see if you don’t come to enjoy the taste and textures of these new healthy items over the old ones. Then add up the savings to your grocery budget. You’ll find it’s a win-win situation all the way around.