This past weekend I was at the beach while it rained everyday and I tell you, I snacked nonstop. When the rainy weather comes around and you sit on the couch all day, any snack in the house is going to be ideal. However, if you plan ahead and make some nutritious snacks you won’t feel the bloated feeling I’ve had for days.
I love snacking; it’s the sole reason for my freshman fifteen. We had a mini grocery store in our dormitory and snacks were easy to come across. The problem is that most snacks found in stores are highly processed and high in sodium.
Ever since freshman year I have been looking for ways to snack better. Well, I have some great news. I found some snacks that are both affordable and healthy. The best part is you make these snacks yourself so you can tweak them any way you want.
These are my Top Ten Affordable Snacks. The list involves a variety of flavors but most of them use the same ingredients! Just click on the snack to find the recipe!
I’ve mentioned these chips before but they are one of the easiest and most delicious snacks to make. You can pop these chips into your mouth like you are eating popcorn at a movie theater. They are salty with a crunch but you have to be careful with the olive oil or they can get soggy.
I’m not saying regular popcorn is bad for you, because in reality, popcorn can be a great low calorie snack. Yet, cauliflower adds an extra health kick so you feel better about eating it. Cauliflower is packed full of Vitamin C and provides less sodium and carbohydrates than popcorn. I’m going through this phase where I love putting Parmesan on everything, especially popcorn. That is why this recipe calls to me: the cheese* and the fact that it only calls for four ingredients!
I love edamame. I mean I really, truly, love edamame. I usually just buy the frozen bag and dip the beans in low sodium soy sauce for an extra salty flavor. However, I realized I should step away from the soy sauce and find something better. What was next logical step? Go to Pinterest. Like I said before, I have been using Parmesan* for almost every dish I cook so when I came across this recipe I was rather excited.
*Try nutritional yeast for a vegan version; it provides a cheesy flavor with added nutrients
You may be noticing a pattern here that I did not realize until I started writing this article: cheese. These crunchy treats remind me of Cheez Its but with the satisfaction of knowing you made them yourself. What’s special about these crackers is that you can add them to soup or salad if you do not eat all of them.
Nuts are one of the best snacks out there. The only issue is that they can easily be overeaten due to the size of our hands. When sitting around eating nuts, one can grab a handful and eat the entire bunch in one bite. Being that this snack is extra flavorful, try to divide up your portions before sitting down to snack on this sweet and spicy mix. The best part is that nuts are cheap and can be purchased in a large amount. Thus, this snack will last days on days.
Everyone should try this snack. It is one of the easiest and cheapest to make. All you need is an artichoke and some kind of sauce to dip it in (I prefer butter and garlic). It is simply amazing and less than 100 calories! If you are trying to impress someone these vegetables can seem like they are a fancy addition to the table. Only you will know that they are insanely easy to make.
Only two ingredients: Greek yogurt and blueberries, wow! These pop-able snacks are so fun and perfect for the summer when you are craving that frozen yogurt treat. Kids would love these and they won’t even know they’re good for them.
I decided to stick with the yogurt feel and these snacks are a-ma-zing! You can use the same Greek yogurt you have for the blueberry snack for this treat. I used to make these in Tuscaloosa all the time and my roommates loved them! Just find a pack of your favorite granola and some fresh fruit and/or raisins and maybe some honey and you are set. These would be great for breakfast as well.
Potato chips are the ultimate snack food but all those preservatives are a no-no! Since these chips are homemade you know exactly what’s going into the snack. They are great alone but if you want something extra try adding a dip. How perfect for football game parties or a movie marathon with friends.
I have a confession: I’m addicted to gummy bears. I know it’s bad but whenever I go to the grocery store and walk past the candy isle I am magnetically drawn. You’re probably thinking, “Yea, I’m going to take nutrition advice from someone who can’t even say no to sweets herself.” But I have recently found a solution, so now you can trust me: homemade fruit snacks! You can even use the same fruit and honey form the yogurt bars.