Top Five Frugalicious Snacks

Are you a sneaky snack attacker? Do you feel a painful pang of hunger around 3PM and find solace in a vexing vending machine? Well, stop spending big bucks buying fake foods from vending machines. Eating anything mechanized and labeled H9 or A11 is just silly. Kick those mechanical munchies by attacking nourishing frugalicious snacks.

With a bit of planning it’s easy to replace those expensive unhealthy vending foods with affordable and delicious snacks. For your snacking pleasure, I’ve put together a pictorial guide for eating frugaliciously on a healthful budget. Each snacking choice is well balanced with carbohydrates to keep your brain happy and protein to do your body good.

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Here are my top five frugalicious snacks:

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1. Apple with Peanut Butter:

Green apple slices or red. All colors of apples taste yummy with a little dollop of natural peanut butter. Skip the hydrogenated, sugar stuffed, and sodium filled butters. Stick with butters labeled: Just Peanuts!

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2. Veggies with Hummus:

Any veggie dips well with hummus. Opt for homemade hummus by blending chick peas, lemon, garlic, and olive oil to taste. There’s no rules with hummus. Just mix it up to please your taste buds.

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3. Fruits & Seeds with Yogurt:

Slice some sweet fruits, add to plain natural yogurt, and toss on some pumpkin and sunflower seeds for taste. Pass on the packaged yogurt loaded with artificial sweeteners. Adding fruit yourself sweetens the yogurt naturally and frugally.

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4. Dates with Almonds:

Try stuffing some yummy dates (unsulphured) with natural raw almonds. The sweet healthy crunch will bring you back for more. Just slice open a date and stick in an almond!

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5. Fruit with Cottage Cheese:

Slice or chop some fruitilicious fruits and add to low fat cottage cheese. This is a simple and delicious snack packed full of protein and sweet carbohydrate. It’s easy, fast, and simple. Try mango, apples, berries, or even a banana.

Snacking frugally and healthfully is really simple. It just takes a bit of planning to save some bucks and react to the dreaded snack attack with yummy frugalicious choices. Do you have a favorite frugal snack attack food?

Your two cents:

  1. Anne March 22nd, 2008

    Yum! I love dates and I love almonds, so I’ll have to try the combo you suggest!

  2. soultravelers3 March 23rd, 2008

    Great post! I am so glad to find someone else who is interested in health, frugality and finances. Make that yogurt, goat yogurt and it is even more healthy. I have fallen in love with the delicious goat yogurt here in Spain. Organic peanut butter is the way to go as there are so many pesticides in peanuts. Air popping organic popcorn is another healthy snack. If you can buy direct from farmers, it really helps on costs and you get the freshest produce.

  3. fox March 23rd, 2008

    Anne: The date and almost combo is delicious. Enjoy!

    soultravelers3: You have convinced me to try goat yogurt. I bet the flavor is fantastic! I am also really tempted to fly off to Spain. 😉 You are so right about buying straight from farmers too! I am also fortunate to live near agriculture and have access to local farmer markets. Many of the foods I eat are grown closer to home.

  4. Michelle Dawn March 25th, 2008

    Mmm. Very inspiring little snacks you have there. I think I’ll find my way to the fridge now…

  5. Monroe on a Budget March 25th, 2008

    Apples and peanut butter are one of my summertime lunches.

  6. soultravelers3 March 27th, 2008

    I really enjoy goat yogurt here in Spain, it is so thick it reminds me of sour creme which I love. At home, I used to get goat yogurt at Trader Joe’s. It is MUCH better for you than cows milk. We find that the goat milk here tastes better than the cows milk, but we use the kind in boxes that does not have to be refrigerated until opened. Organic ( biological they call it here) is harder to find in Europe, but we hunt it down. Like home, some places are better in supply than others & we were spoiled in Santa Cruz with endless supply.

    Love your photos too!

  7. Charlotte April 8th, 2009

    Two more recommendations: 1. Avocado with salsa, and 2. celery with salsa.

    Way better than chips, and the avocado is much more filling. I mean, sure, a whole avocado has a lot of calories, but it’s so good for you, otherwise.

    The celery and salsa probably has like, 10 calories.

    Get a good salsa, though. Don’t waste your time with store-brand slop.

  8. Gloria June 19th, 2009

    Dear Fox, All of the above have been some of my favorite snacks for years now. I haven’t eaten the cottage cheese in a while but now I’m hungry for it. I’ve recently been eating Greek yogurt…..yum. The Greek yogurt with honey is wonderful. The dates of choice are Majool. The hummus with crisp red, yellow and green peppers…out of this world! I feel a snack attack coming on….

  9. Kerry June 19th, 2009

    @Gloria I love Greek yogurt too! I’ve been eating lots of it these days with berries, nuts, and my homemade granola (which contains dates, honey, and apples). 😀 Happy snacking!

  10. tzuzan August 2nd, 2009

    I just found this site and love it!! So much good info and it’s all stuff I hunt online for anyways! Here’s another suggestion, granola with yogurt and topped with whatever fruit is in season. You can make the granola at home (which I like to do as I have so many food sensitivities) or go to the bulk store and buy it cheap 🙂

  11. Kerry August 2nd, 2009

    @tzuzan I LOVE granola and often make my own. Here’s my recipe for Homemade Healthy Granola! Great suggestion to top with yogurt and fruit. 😀

  12. John September 19th, 2009

    I like to dip dates in peanut butter.

  13. tzuzan September 20th, 2009

    @John – o.0 that sounds so good! Except I’m allergic to peanuts :((

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