NEW YORK (FOX5NY.COM) - Finding healthy, affordable snacks for the family can be frustrating. So we asked Good Housekeeping Nutrition Director Jackie London for some ideas. All of her suggestions serve two purposes: they're nutritious and save money.
1. Deconstructed Pizza
First up is the deconstructed pizza. Jackie takes a mix of chili flakes, salt, and garlic powder and sprinkles it on cherry tomatoes, then serves them with a slice of Jarlsberg cheese. It gives you the flavor of a pizza, plus 5 grams of protein, so it's super satisfying. The Jarlsberg cheese is also a Good Housekeeping Nutritionist Approved Emblem Holder, which means it is a nutritious option with transparent labeling.
2. Pumpkin "Pie" Yogurt
Pumpkin is all the rage this time of year. Try Jackie's healthier version of a pumpkin pie, which is packed with potassium. She mixes unsweetened Greek yogurt with a drizzle of honey and cinnamon on top, then adds canned unsweetened pumpkin puree.
A half cup of pumpkin is about 3.5 grams of fiber, which is filling. The unsweetened Greek yogurt will give you some additional calcium and potassium. Add Carrington Farms chia, another Nutritionist Approved Emblem Holder to the mix, and you'll get up to 4 more grams of fiber plus Omega 3 fatty acids.
3. Roasted Chickpeas
Roasted chickpeas are a great healthy snack that you can make yourself and season with either sweet or savory flavors. Jackie says they'll give you 6 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein per quarter cup serving, which makes them super filling. At less than $1 a can, they're affordable too, especially when you compare them to things like trail mix. The more expensive mixes can run $15 a bag.
4. Beanitos Bean Snacks
Beanitos are just 99 cents a bag and are a gluten-free healthier chip option. Jackie loves them because they're white bean-based and give you 6 grams each of protein and fiber.
5. Garden Lites Muffins
Instead of brownies or cookies, try Garden Lites frozen muffins, another Emblem Holder. They're gluten-free, dairy-free, and cost about $5 for a box of four. Jackie loves that the first ingredient in these muffins is a vegetable: zucchini.
6. Frozen Fruit Skewers and 7. Clementines
When in doubt, go with fruit. Make frozen fruit skewers with the kids, or grab clementines on the go. They're in season and can be as cheap as $3.99 a bag. Depending on the size of the clementine, you can have five for about 100 to 150 calories. They'll give you an immune boost from vitamin C and the phytonutrients in the fiber of the fruit.
For more great nutritionist approved options check out Good Housekeeping's website.