Hey everyone! I have another awesome guest post for you today! Sorry, no WIAW this week…..but Courtney is here to keep you company instead
Before I let her start I just wanted to let you know I picked up the prize for the magazine cover contest:
[peanut butter puffins (!), uncle sam’s cereal, 10 CLIF BARS!!, sensible foods freeze dried fruit, Justin’s Honey PB, Stretch Island Fruit Leather….and anything else I feel like throwing in there!]
You have till Saturday morning to send me your cover’s!! I’ve gotten some great submission but not too many so your chances of winning are really HIGH!!!
Okay…take it away Courtney!!
Hello! My name is Courtney, and I blog over at Semisweet. When Kaila asked for guest posts, I knew I had to write one. Healthy Helper is one of my favorite blogs! Kaila’s recipes, product reviews, and general positive outlook on life always make me smile
I’m going to be a freshman in college this September (which is SOON… ahhhh!) and staying healthy and fit in this new environment is one of my top priorities. I don’t want to fall victim to the Freshman 15 unless it’s 15 pounds of solid muscle.
For me, snacks are the best way to fill gaps in my nutrition needs. Since I’ll be on-the-go, the best snacks are portable, healthy, and of course delicious! Here are some of my favorites that I’ll be bringing to college with me.
I put them all in a “snack tub” for easy access whenever I’m hungry!
I love popcorn- its crunch is so satisfying, and when made properly, it’s very good for you (whole grains = fiber!). Make sure you buy a brand with the fewest ingredients… many are full of weird butter flavors and colors- ew! I really like Orville Redenbacher’s Natural popcorn, but since they don’t carry it at my favorite grocery store (Super target) I usually buy the generic kind. It costs $2.50 for 8 bags, which comes out to about $0.31 per bag!
As far as nut butters go, peanut butter is always the least expensive. I love Jif Natural or Skippy natural peanut butter… it doesn’t have any preservatives, but it tastes like the PB that we all love from our childhoods. Plus, you don’t have to stir it! I like it straight out of the jar on a spoon for a quick burst of healthy fat and protein. A 28 oz. jar, which I picked up for $4.00, contains 56 1-tablespoon servings. This comes out to only $0.07 per spoonful… way less expensive than meat-based protein sources!
Oh bars, how I love thee. Especially Luna Protein Cookie Dough bars, which actually taste like chocolate-covered cookie dough…
And Zone Double Dark Chocolate Bars…
While bars are quite expensive if you buy them individually, a box of 6 or more usually costs around $5. That’s less than $1 per bar, which is way less than the cost of a convenience store snack! I always have at least one bar in my bag just in case I get really hungry and can’t find anything good.
Last but not least… Baking Chocolate!
Trust me on this… half a square of baking chocolate will satisfy even the biggest chocolate craving. Baker’s Chocolate has less cocoa butter than most, so while it may not be as smooth and creamy as most chocolate, it has a much more intense chocolate flavor. A box of 8 squares costs $2.50, so that’s $0.15 per serving! I like to keep both semisweet and 100% cacao around, and while the 100% is too bitter for me to eat on its own, it is divine melted and drizzled over berries.
Please excuse the blurry photos… my camera was acting obnoxious. First world problems… :/
Thank you so much for reading! I hope this post gave you some ideas, and I’d love for you to share some of YOUR < strong>favorite healthy on-the-go snacks in the comments!
I loved this Courtney!!! Eating healthy on a budget is definitely challenging but these tips help for sure! I love how you broke down the prices per serving size!! PB for only 7 cents!! HELL YEAH!
Do you wanna guest post for me this week? Shoot me an email: proulxkr@roadrunner.