Budget Friendly Healthy Snacks for Weight Loss
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A common complaint from women that are trying to eat healthy, is that it can be so expensive! Are there any budget friendly healthy snacks out there?
You don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on fancy organic food to eat healthy. Look for food that is high in protein, low in calories, and easy to transport (in your white coat pocket).
Follow these guidelines and you will find a lot of great options.
Yes it’s okay if they are “store brand”. Most of our favorite budget friendly snacks are actually Kroger brand.
I have a demanding job as a doctor, running a private practice, with three kids, and a blog.
Due to sleep deprivation, I find myself grabbing sugary snacks and pounding coffee ALL. DAY. LONG…just to stay awake.
This can lead to hanging on to those post-baby pounds for much longer than desired.
I am currently nursing my third baby. He was diagnosed with allergic colitis early on and so I completely eliminated dairy and soy products (which is basically everything) from my diet.
This helped me lose weight quickly, but about a month ago I started slowly reintroducing dairy back into my meals, which led to eating ALL the ice cream. I think I gained back about 10 pounds!
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We are also on a serious budget, to pay off our student loan debt, so I am always looking for high quality food that doesn’t cost a fortune!
I am ready to get back in to a healthier lifestyle and I’ve researched a few high protein, low calorie snacks that will increase your energy and encourage a healthy diet so you can eat right without depriving yourself (and your wallet).
I’ve never been one for fad diets, and have found that I am most successful at weight loss when I pay attention to calories, and make sure those calories are protein packed, and not “empty”.
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My husband and I have been reading and following “Thinner, Leaner, Stronger” by Michael Matthews, which is a great guide to the science behind building the body you want.
Here are 7 high protein, low calorie snacks that won’t break the bank.
The brands listed here may differ slightly depending on where you are located, but hopefully you can find these items or something similar.
We have found that the Kroger brand Greek Light non-fat yogurt packs the most protein to calorie ratio. At only 90 calories and 13 grams of protein, Greek yogurt makes an excellent snack or breakfast with other add ins like granola or fruit.
Take a little tip from your kids’ lunch box and grab some string cheese as a healthy protein packed snack. The Kroger Brand Reduced Fat Mozarella String Cheese gives you 7 grams of protein and only 50 calories. That’s an awesome protein to calorie ratio and is an easy and portable snack for busy mama on the go.
Hard boiled eggs are my go to breakfast or morning snack. They are super filling, and 3 eggs contain 18 g of protein at only 210 calories. I will usually eat them with a side of fruit and some coffee. My husband likes to top his hard boiled eggs with greek yogurt for extra protein and flavor.
Eggs are also super cheap, and you can find hundreds of ways to incorporate them into your meals.
I like to eat plain turkey as a snack or part of my lunch. At only 120 calories, 4 oz. of turkey packs in a whopping 26 grams of protein, keeping you full and fit.
These nutritious bars come in a variety of flavors and are only 200 calories with 21 grams of protein. My husband warms his in the microwave for 13 seconds which makes for a delcious dessert. Our favorite flavors are the cookie dough and cookies and cream, and we have found them to be the cheapest at Winco.
Sprouts Beef Jerky
I love beef jerky, especially when I am craving chips or other salty snacks. Just 1 oz. of beef jerky contains 11 grams of protein and only 70 calories. The perfect afternoon snack to get you to dinner.
Cottage cheese is the perfect late night treat. It takes longer to digest, keeping you full throughout the night so you’re not feeling ravished in the morning. One cup of cottage cheese is only 180 calories with 26 grams of protein. You can eat it plain or spruce it up with your favorite fruits or some salt and pepper.
How do you stay healthy on a budget?