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Cheap and Healthy Eats: Snack Edition Part 2

To continue from the previous post, here are a few more of my favorite cheap and guilt-free snacks I consume on the regular:

Navel Oranges 

A couple of oranges
A couple of oranges. Image Credit: Wikipedia

Navel Oranges are an easy and healthy way to fix a sweet tooth. I like Navel Oranges in particular because they are easy to peel and are not too messy and juicy, but they are juicy enough to give you great flavor. The Vitamin C in oranges are essential for the protection of the immune system from viruses and deficiencies, and it is also eye and skin health. Since Navel Oranges are also great for energy and replenishing muscles, I usually eat one before games and during halftime. I have been doing this since I started playing sports at 7 years old. It’s just a habit! They give me that little extra bounce and energy on the court , and paired with some water, they give me hydration also. Prices may vary. 

Apple Sauce with Cinnamon Sugar

unsweetened apple sauce
Unsweetened apple sauce in a small bowl. Image credit: Flickr

I do cinnamon apple sauce differently — I buy unsweetened applesauce and then add some cinnamon sugar to it when I go home, instead of getting traditional cinnamon applesauce already made for you. This way, I get to moderate how much sugar I am taking in, and I can keep my applesauce as tart or as sweet as I want to. According to SFGATE.com, “A 1-cup serving of unsweetened applesauce provides about 100 calories and 2.7 grams of fiber, or 11 percent of the daily value. It’s an especially good source of soluble fiber, the type that dissolves into a gel-like substance and helps maintain healthy blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Applesauce also contains pectin, a special type of soluble fiber that’s particularly effective in reducing high cholesterol levels. More so than other types of soluble fiber, pectin efficiently binds to cholesterol and other fatty acids and promotes their elimination through waste.” Unsweetened applesauce is the way to go, and if you don’t like your applesauce tart, you can always add your favorite sweetener and/or spices. A six pack of personal-sized apple sauce goes for about $2 in your local store.


A bag of Craisins
A bag of cherry-flavored Craisins. Image credit: Flickr

Craisins Dried Cranberries are such a versatile snack. I eat them by themselves, i put them in yogurt parfaits, I put them on ice cream, on salads, the whole nine. They are another way to easily curb a sweet tooth. They are also an easy snack to pack for when you are on the go. The greatest benefit of Craisins are that eating just one serving gives you twenty-five percent of your daily recommended fruit needs. I’m not gonna lie and say that I’ll only eat one serving at a time either (it’s usually 2 because they are just so good), so I myself get around half of my daily recommended fruit needs just by this sweet and delicious snack. My other favorite kind of (other than the Cherry flavor shown above) Craisins are the kind with no added sugar. Even though Craisins have great benefits, they can be packed with sugar, especially the fruit infused kinds. The less sugar, less problems, as consuming too much sugar in your diet can cause acne. The no added sugar kind of Craisins do not compromise taste and are twice as guilt-free than its sugared counterparts. A bag like this will cost you about $2-3 in your local store.