Cheap and Nutritious Snacks
The Cheapest Snacks for Health Nuts
Preparing healthy foods can be expensive. According to the June 2011 Consumer Price Index, prices for foods prepared at home have increased almost 5% in the past year. But before you plunk your change into the vending machine for a cost-effective, yet nutritionally void, quick fix, take note: For the price of a candy bar, and in most cases, a bit less, you can have a healthy and filling midday snack. The key to selecting a satisfying treat is to look for nutrient-dense foods and combine food groups, according to Jim White, RD. “A piece of fruit is not enough,” he says. To stay full, you need to incorporate a mix of carbohydrates, protein, and even a little bit of fat. Here are five filling combos that pack a nutritional punch, and won’t leave your pockets empty.