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You may have heard the term “clean eating.”  Basically it is a term used to describe eating food that is not processed.  Whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, etc have been deemed whole foods.  When you are on a budget, whole foods can seem expensive.  There are some that are less expensive than others so I wanted to put together a list of clean eating snack ideas that will help you stay on track with your health goals as well as your financial goals.

 

 

First, here are some tips to stay in budget while eating healthy:

  • Plan you meals and snacks as much as possible. Planning ahead will help you stay in budget.  I know it has helped us.  I love using the methods outlined in the Organize Yourself Skinny eBook.  This has saved me time with planning meals and we have save about $20 each week with our food budget.  We also signed up for $5 Meal Plan  as I felt like I needed a little variety in my meals.  I love it so far.  You get a meal plan emailed to you weekly and the cost is only month $5 per month.  You can click here to sign up for the 2 week free trial.  The meals have been easy and I have been able to implement them with the meal planning strategies from the Organize Yourself Skinny eBook.  If the meals aren’t freezer friendly, I at least prep the meat and put it in a labeled freezer bag.  Just as a reference, I was budgeting about $140 per week on groceries before implementing a meal planning system and now I budget a $100 per week and I am able to stay within budget pretty easily.

 

 

 

  • Plan to have the same snack for a couple days in a week.  If you plan to eat celery and hummus for a snack, make sure you plan to use it all in that week.  For example, we might use it as a snack for 3 days out of a week to make sure we use it all.

 

    • The key is to choose only 4-5 snacks per week that you and your family will use up.  We always have bananas, apples, peanut butter lying around.  Those are staples for us.  I will then mix it up with some hummus and veggies or sometimes buy pretzels with hummus.  We buy avocados every week and use them as part of a meal a lot.  Depending on the size of your family. You may need to plan for more or less.  You can also save money on snacks and groceries by using the free Ibotta savings app.  It is a free app that is very convenient.  You shop the sales, verify your receipt after purchasing your items and you get cash back!  It is super easy and I highly recommend it!  Click here to check out Ibotta and get $10 when you verify your first purchase.

 

 

  • Shop in season.  Take advantage of the different produce available at different times of year.  Buy what is in season and buy local.  It will help you save money.  Here are more tips on how to save on groceries.  If you are like me, taking the time to create a grocery list can seem like an arduous task.  This may help you save time creating your grocery list.

 

  • If you are a creature of habit, stick to a few snacks you love and change it up after a while.  I eat an apple and peanut butter just about everyday.  I love them.  If I get sick of that snack, I will change it up to something different but it is ok to stick to foods that are pretty similar.  It saves time creating a grocery list that way.

 

 

 

100  Cheap Clean Eating Snack Ideas:

 

 

  1. Hard boiled eggs
  2. Celery and hummus
  3. Celery and almond butter
  4. Buy Almond Butter  in individual packets if you only use a little here and there.  It will only cost $1.25 per packet instead of $10 per jar for the stuff without sugar
  5. Apples
  6. Bananas
  7. English muffin pizza- store bought pizza sauce, very light sprinkle of cheese and veggies on top
  8. Tuna with celery
  9. Baby carrots and peanut butter
  10. Peanut butter by the tablespoon (I cannot be the only one who does this)
  11. Pineapple
  12. Rice cake with peanut butter
  13. Peanut butter on banana
  14. Whole wheat tortilla with cream cheese spread (Laughing Cow Cheese) and sliced cucumber.  (yes I know cheese isn’t completely clean, but I do think that you can have dairy in moderation and still eat well.)
  15. String cheese
  16. Nitrate free lunch meat with a veggie
  17. Grapes (you can freeze them and they taste like candy)
  18. Leftover protein from dinner the night before
  19. Homemade guacamole and cucumbers (avocados are $2.99 per bag at Marcs.  1/2 avocado is a serving)
  20. Grilled veggies- I like grilled red pepper and onion
  21. Roasted broccoli (you can roast it in the over the previous night and reheat at work)
  22. Clementines
  23. Tuna lettuce wrap
  24. Kale chips– buy kale and make your own chips.  It is super easy
  25. Yogurt
  26. Blueberries and strawberries- when in season
  27. Apple and peanut butter
  28. Homemade oatmeal muffins- Berry Bakes Oatmeal Cups are my favorite by Organize Yourself Skinny.  You can find the berries at Aldi in the frozen section!
  29. Homemade granola bars
  30. Frozen veggies
  31. Whole wheat bread and a nut butter
  32. Whole wheat tortilla with peanut butter and banana
  33. Rice cakes and hummus
  34. Homemade granola– this stuff is amazing from Organize Yourself Skinny!
  35. Banana Ice cream (frozen bananas- grind in food processor and add 1 tbsp peanut butter, blend again and serve)
  36. Watermelon with fresh squeezed lime
  37. Sliced tomato and feta cheese
  38. Protein balls– from The Comfort of Cooking.  They are awesome!  Kids love them!
  39. Popcorn
  40. Cucumber and hummus
  41. Homemade Popsicles Recipe by FoodieFun
  42. Applesauce
  43. Tomato and cucumber salad
  44. Cranberries
  45. Sweet potato
  46. Bell pepper with tuna
  47. Bell pepper and hummus
  48. Egg Muffins– recipe by Organize Yourself Skinny because I love her:)  You can substitute veggies in here also.  Use up veggies that may be getting old.
  49. Avocado on toast with a little salt and pepper
  50. Sunflower seeds
  51. Chips and cheddar cheese- our favorite.  Whole grain chips with a sprinkle of cheddar cheese.  YUM
  52. Chips and salsa
  53. Almonds- you can find them at Aldi and they are not too badly priced
  54. Cashews- same as the almonds.  Aldi is a bit cheaper.
  55. Whole grain waffle with peanut butter and 1/2 banana
  56. 1 cup almond milk
  57. 1 cup of coffee
  58. Lettuce wrap with salmon (any leftover from dinner?)
  59. Celery and peanut butter and raisins
  60. Celery and Laughing Cow cheese
  61. Steamed brussel sprouts
  62. Pickles with a slice of lunch meat
  63. Steamed cauliflower with sprinkle of cheddar cheese
  64. Rice and black beans
  65. Cottage cheese
  66. Roast beef on a lettuce wrap with horseradish or mustard
  67. Pears- when on sale or at a Farmer’s market
  68. Tomato with tuna on top
  69. Roasted carrots
  70. Roasted asparagus
  71. Homemade black bean salsa with whole wheat tortilla chips or on a rice cake (1 serving size chips)-recipe by Sally’s Baking Addiction.
  72. Turkey burger
  73. Cup of green or black tea
  74. Egg salad lettuce wrap
  75. Cucumber and tomato with balsamic dressing in 1/2 whole wheat pita
  76. Edamame
  77. Sauteed spinach with garlic
  78. 1/2 cup oatmeal with strawberries and nuts of your choice
  79. Unsweetened raisins
  80. Whole wheat toast with Laughing Cow cheese triangle and tomato on top
  81. Whole wheat pretzels
  82. Homemade pumpkin muffins
  83. Oranges
  84. Chocolate avocado mousse by Chocolate Covered Katie.  Use Almond milk or low fat milk for the recipe
  85. Whole grain cereal
  86. Peaches- when in season
  87. Canned fruit- in 100% juice.
  88. Whole wheat English muffin with nut butter
  89. Tomato with sprinkle of feta or fresh mozzarella cheese and drizzle of balsamic vinegar
  90. Carrots and hummus
  91. Cantaloupe
  92. Green smoothie– good way to use up extra greens.  Recipe by Eating Well.
  93. Mango slices
  94. Watermelon salsa– Recipe by Eating Well
  95. Roasted cauliflower with a sprinkle of parmesan on top
  96. Peppers and hummus rolled up with a slice of turkey
  97. Blackberries- when in season and a handful of almonds
  98. Small whole grain tortilla wrap, lunch meat, spinach and mustard
  99. Homemade zucchini muffins– recipe by Gimme Some Oven ( How about gimme some more of these muffins!  YUM!)
  100. Mini Mexican pizzas- small tortilla, 2 tbsp. salsa and sprinkle of cheddar cheese  Bake in oven until cheese is melted.  If you have leftover chicken or beef you can also add that on top.

 

 

In summary, here is how I save money and eat healthy on a budget:

  • Ibotta
    • The money saving app- it’s like cutting coupons but much easier.  You download the app, verify your coupons, shop, scan your items and take a picture of your receipt to get money back.  Plus, if you sign up using my link, you will get $10 when you verify your first coupon.  It is literally so easy!
  • $5 Meal Plan
    • I get new meal ideas for just $5 per month. I set up a meal planning binder to help me save time meal planning.  Click here to sign up for a free 2 week trial.  No credit card required unless you like the meal ideas given.  I did the trial initially and found that the meals were a good fit for my family so ultimately it made sense for me to sign up.
  • Organize Yourself Skinny eBook

 

And there are the 100 clean eating snack ideas that won’t break the bank.  As mentioned at the top, try to choose around 4-5 snacks per week and see if you actually use all of them.  If you don’t decrease the amount of snacks you buy for the following week.  If you seem to go through them quickly, go ahead and increase the number of snacks you buy.  Try to use a variety of cheaper snacks for your money (apples and bananas) with things that may cost a little more (avocado).  Adding a variety will help keep you from getting bored.

The list above can certainly be used for healthy snack ideas for kids also.  Make sure when planning your grocery list, you include snacks for the kids.  You may have to use some creativity to get the to eat some of the clean eating snack ideas above, but it is possible.

It can seem like eating healthy is expensive.  There are several ways to save money and eat healthy on a budget.  The more you plan your meals and healthy snack ideas, the more likely you are to stay on or under budget.  This has been my experience anyways.  Don’t be afraid to try some new or different things or even shop at new places to get a better deal.  You can eat well on a budget and I hope this list of 100 cheap clean eating snack ideas will help you with your healthy eating goals.

 

 

 

 

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