Eat oatmeal for breakfast
When asked for healthy, affordable breakfast options, both dietitians raved about oatmeal for its high levels of fiber, calcium, and potassium. Krieger admits that making hot cereal from quick or whole grains is less convenient than the individual packages, but you’ll save money and have control over the sodium and sugar levels. Plus, you can flavor it exactly to your liking. “Get plain oatmeal and top it off with half of a sliced banana, a tablespoon of peanut butter and cinnamon for more flavor,” Jones suggests.
Snack on popcorn
There’s just something about the quick fix of crunchy, greasy potato chips and other packaged treats that makes budget-conscious, healthy diets fall by the wayside when snacking. Jones has a solution, though: Invest in a popcorn maker, which you can find for about 20 bucks on Amazon. Then, munch without guilt. “A bag of kernels only costs a couple bucks and will last you months. Top your popcorn with dried herbs and spices,” Jones says.