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10 healthy and cheap snacks ideas

Published 5 May 2015 by

It can be so easy when you’re feeling a little peckish to reach for a chocolate bar or a bag of crisps. But why fuel your body with rubbish when there are healthier options that are just as tasty and are probably cheaper too? For inspiration on the healthy treats that you could be snacking on, here are our best snack ideas:

Breakfast bar

Breakfast bars are great when you want to satisfy your hunger between breakfast and lunchtime. Although there are famous brands such as Eat Natural, Jordans or Quaker Oats, supermarket own brand bars tend to taste just as good and are often a fraction of the price. Be aware though that some bars are high in calories and contain lots of sugar, so to take control over what goes into your granola bar, you could try a few of the following recipes at home:

Cinnamon and berry granola bars

Nigella's breakfast bars

Quinoa granola bars

Banana oat bars

Rice Cakes

The great thing about rice cakes is that they’re low in calories and are quite filling, considering they’re as light as a feather. They’re cheap too – you should be able to pick up a pack for less than £1 from your local supermarket.

Spread peanut butter, hummus or pesto over the top, or pair cream cheese with ham if you’re feeling a bit fancier!

Trail mix

Trail mix combines dried fruits with nuts, to create a lethal combination of healthy goodness! You could pick up a trail mix pack from your local supermarket, or you could have a go at making one yourself.

Mix and match peanuts, cashews and brazil nuts with prunes, dried apricots, pears, apples, cherries or cranberries. What you include is up to you, so be creative and get experimenting!

Fresh fruit

There’s nothing easier than grabbing a piece of fruit when you’re hungry – we don’t really need to tell you that! For those of you with a sweet tooth, fruit is full of natural sugars so you can still get your sugar fix, without reaching for a chocolate bar. Not to mention they’re a great source of vitamins and minerals and can help to reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and certain cancers too.

Pumpkin seeds

You can buy a bag of pumpkin seeds for less than £1 and keep this with you throughout the day and they are many health benefits associated with them too. They are said to be a great source of magnesium and provide a boost to your immune system – which should be helpful when trying to ward off any bugs going around the work place!


Believe it or not, popcorn can be healthy! Now, we’re not talking about the popcorn that you get at the cinema, or the microwaveable kind – we’re talking about popcorn made the old fashioned way – on the stove. If you cut out the sugar, it can be a healthy snack for when you’re feeling famished. You can buy corn kernels cheaply and could try out the follow recipes:

Honey and Cinnamon

Paprika and Chilli powder

Vegetables and hummus

Dipping vegetables into hummus is a simple, yet nutritious treat that you can munch on at your desk. Carrots, cherry tomatoes, celery sticks, bell peppers – these all work well when paired with a delicious dip.

We hope that our guide has inspired you to snack more healthily and experiment with the types of foods that you eat!