Munching more often can help you maintain a healthy weight. Here is a list of 6 inexpensive healthy snacks you should always keep on hand to help get you through the day.
1.) Raw Unsalted Cashews
Cashews are among the healthiest of all nuts for many reasons; however, there are really 7 huge benefits to eating cashews: cancer prevention, heart health, hair and skin health, bone health, good for nerves, gallstone prevention, and weightloss. I recommend buying raw cashews unsalted from Costco. You can pick up a 2-2.5 lb. jar for about $15.00 depending on what state you live in. If you opt to buy these in regular stores you will pay more, so be aware.
Avocados are truly fast food or "fruit" at it's best. Avocados can be turned into guacamole, or simply eaten solo with a little sea salt and/or coriander. This fruit is loaded with protein, vitamins, minerals, and dietary fibers. Known to lower the risk of cholesterol, and reduce the risk of diabetes, avocados are loaded with health benefits, and are very cheap too.
3.) Hard-Boiled Eggs
Confirmed by human studies, eggs are one of the most nutrional snacks and are extremely inexpensive. Eggs are loaded with nutrients, protein, and amino acids (to name a few). One egg contains 77 calories, 6 grams of protein, and 5 grams of healty fats. Eggs can be eaten hard boiled, scrambled, or simply thrown into a salad. Given the average price of a dozen eggs is around $1.50, you can't go wrong with one of nature's perfect foods.
The benefits of hummus can be simply narrowed down to its main ingredient: chickpeas. Chickpeas are loaded with protein, and don't contain any cholesterol or saturated fats. I enjoy hummus on sandwiches, wraps, or dipping vegetables like carrots, celery, cherry tomatoes, and cucumbers. I highly recommend buying a large tub of hummus every week to keep costs low on this diverse snack.
5.) Fresh Fruit
Not only is fruit low in fat, sodium, and calories, but eating a diet rich in fruits can reduce the risk of major chronic diseases and assist in maintaining a healthy weight. I drink a smoothie daily and always incorporate fruit into lunch or dinner. It's very cheap to keep around and will keep your energy levels high while providing nutrients vital for health and maintenance of your body.
6.) Greek Yogurt
One of the fastest growing foods on the market, greek yogurt is loaded with nutritional value. One of the most dominant benefits it contains is the probiotics it carries. It is also good for digestive health, low blood pressure, weight management, and bone health. One of my favorite snacks to create is combining Chobani vanilla greek yogurt and grapes, which is fairly inexpensive and simply delicious.