Healthy on the Cheap: Check Out These Affordable Snack Options

One of a parent’s most important jobs is to provide their child with the nutrition they need to grow up happy, healthy, and strong. While this might seem like an easy task, it can be incredibly difficult to ensure that kids are eating a well-balanced diet. Kids often have preferences for foods that aren’t the most nutritious. And, if you’re short on time and money, you don’t have the ability to waste food by serving them something they won’t eat. If you’re looking for an affordable snack that is truly healthy and tasty (and that will keep your kiddos tummies full between meals) check out the ideas below.

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  1. Apples and peanut butter

Apples are one of the popular fruits among kids, and, if you store them in the fridge they won’t likely spoil before your family can eat what you’ve purchased. Pair crunchy, sweet apple slices with smooth peanut butter for a sweet and filling snack your kiddo will love.

  1. Crackers and cheese

If you have a picky eater, cheese and crackers are likely always on your shopping list. Young children with simple tastes often enjoy munching on crackers. They would be happy to eat them plain! Adding cheese rounds out this snack with protein which will help fill them up and healthy fats which will help them learn and grow. To make sure that this snack is affordable, consider purchasing a large block of cheese and slicing it yourself. Buying pre-sliced cheese is way more expensive.

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  1. Oatmeal with milk and cinnamon or honey

While oatmeal isn’t an on-the-go snack it certainly checks all the boxes of affordable, nutritious, and yummy. Instead of buying pre-portioned oatmeal, consider buying the larger can or box that requires you to measure and scoop. You’ll be getting a lot more oatmeal for your dollar. Then add milk and cinnamon or honey for the perfect warm snack.

  1. Hummus and pita bread

Another affordable snack is hummus and pita bread. While hummus and pita bread are a staple in many communities, not everyone in the United States keeps them on their shopping list. Hummus, which is made up ultra nutritious chickpeas is often smooth enough to please even the most texture-sensitive kids. Sliced pita bread for dipping adds an element of fun that will encourage your little one to eat up!

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  1. English muffin pizzas

English muffin pizzas are deliciously simple to make. Simply slice an English muffin, add a little sauce, cheese, and pepperoni. Then heat for a few minutes. Your kiddo will be extra excited to eat the yummy snack if you let them help spread the sauce and sprinkle the cheese!

What are your kids favorite healthy, affordable snack?

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Healthy on the Cheap: Check Out These Affordable Snack Options

Julia Pelly has a master's degree in public health and works full time in the field of positive youth development. Julia loves hiking after work, swimming during the summer and taking long, cuddly afternoon naps with her two sons on the weekends. She is writing a memoir on pregnancy, motherhood, and sisterhood and lives in North Carolina, with her husband and two young boys. ... More

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