Five Quick and Healthy Snacks: Budget Food Tip

Looking for a mid-morning pick-me-up or an afternoon energy boost? Here are five ideas for easy, healthy and inexpensive snacks.

1. Veggies. Sliced peppers, baby carrots, and celery sticks provide a healthy, satisfying crunch. Add a couple of tablespoons of hummus (when made with olive oil it contains lots of good omega 3s) for extra flavor.

2. Popcorn.
Two cups of air-popped popcorn provides 60 calories and about 2 grams of fiber. For more flavor, opt for Pop Secret’s 100-calorie packs a handy take-along snack that takes all the guesswork out of calorie counting.

3. Apples.
Apples are a portable snack that can easily travel in a purse, backpack or even a large coat pocket. A medium-sized apple is about 70 calories. Eat it out of hand, or slice and bag it for later sprinkle a little lemon juice on the slices to keep them from browning.

4. Hard-boiled eggs.
One hard-boiled egg is packed with 13 essential nutrients and only around 100 calories.

5. Dried fruits. We like Sunsweet Sweet & Tart Cherries for a snack, or as an addition to breakfast cereal or muffins. A 5-oz bag retails for about $2.95. A ¼-cup serving is only 100 calories.