Homemade and healthy: snacks on-hand and on-the-go
Convenience foods can ruin anyone's grocery budget. But let’s face it, they’re called convenience foods for a reason. These foods can be wonderful to have on hand for times when you just don't feel like cooking, but they aren’t always the healthiest for our families.
Here are some ways you can keep convenient foods on hand without breaking the budget:
- Try individually wrapping homemade items to keep on hand for snacks. Items like homemade granola bars, muffins and even slices of homemade breads can be stored in single-serving portions with Ziploc® brand bags. These are great to throw into lunch boxes or grab as a quick snack when you are walking out the door. Not only is it convenient, but having these individually bagged goodies can also help with portion control.
- Keep a few snacks in your purse for errand days, but make sure to put them in Ziploc® brand containers, so they’ll survive your travels. I love to tote mine in Ziploc® brand Twist ‘n Loc® Containers to prevent them from getting crushed. Mix a batch of trail mix from the leftovers in your cupboards and throw some in your purse for a quick and healthy snack that can be eaten on the go. Mixes can be made from crackers, cereal, dried fruits and nuts.
- Designate one day each week to be your baking day so you can make up the snacks for the week. By setting aside just one day, you can ensure you have healthy snacks and prep work done for all your food for the week.
- Remember, the ultimate convenience food is a piece of fruit. It’s portable, travels well and is the best kind of convenient food for your body.
Whatever you do, don’t feel guilty for keeping a few of those convenience foods in the pantry. They are still more cost-effective than dining out or buying food on the go.