10 Cheap Healthy Foods You Can Eat Without Cooking

10 Cheap and Healthy Foods You can Eat Without Cooking
These foods are tasty, cheap, healthy and also great for those who are trying to lose weight. The key is not to overdo it.


Healthy nuts

1. Nuts

There are many kinds including peanuts, almonds, cashews, pistachios, pecans and walnuts. You can get pistachios cheaper if you buy them with the shells on. It’s best to not have more than a small handful at a time, especially if you’re trying to lose weight. The calories can easily add up.


Sunflower Seeds

2. Seeds

There are seeds like sunflower and pumpkin seeds. If you get sunflower seeds, be sure to get the plain ones without salt or any seasonings or flavors which can be bad for your health. It’s best to not have more than a small handful at a time, especially with sunflower seeds if you’re trying to lose weight. The calories can easily add up.


Fruits3. Fruits

There are so many you can choose from like berries, bananas, apples, oranges, grapefruit, pears, mango, red grapes, watermelon and avocados. You can find most of them at your local supermarket and some at your corner store.



4. Carrots

They are nice and crunchy and go well with your favorite nut butter (like peanut and almond butter). You can even get baby carrots that are already washed and peeled for you.


Yogurt 5. Plain or Low-Sugar Yogurt

Yogurt can be a great snack, but be sure to pick plain or low-sugar kinds with no added sugar. You can always cut up and add your favorite fruit to it for more natural flavor and sweetness. Try to stay away from yogurt that has corn syrup, sugar or fruit juice concentrate listed as one of the ingredients on the back of the package.


Cheese sticks 6. Cheese Sticks or String Cheese 

These make great snacks and there are so many different kinds to choose from. They are great to eat by themselves and can even go great with some whole wheat or whole grain crackers. You can find them in the refrigerator section of your local supermarket, corner store, pharmacy or in places like 7 Eleven.



7. Salads

There are so many tasty ways you can put together a salad. The more vegetables and dark leafy greens, the better. You can even get creative and make a salad out of vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, spinach, kale, okra or avocado with some of your favorite toppings. Just keep in mind that it’s best to have less dressing, even if it’s a light dressing.

 Tuna8. Tuna and Sardines

They are usually canned and you can find them at your local supermarket or grocery store. The healthiest kinds to get are those in water or olive oil, not soybean oil. For tuna, it’s best to get chunk light tuna and have it no more than once or twice a week.


Cereal 9. Cereal

It’s best to pick whole grain cereals like plain O’s, shredded wheat, muesli, old fashioned oatmeal (not instant) or those with brown bran flakes. Try to stay away from the sweet and colorful ones or those that are frosted or have added honey or sugar. You can cut up your favorite fruits and add them to your cereal instead of adding sugar for a healthier bowl.

Peanut Butter Sandwich

10. Healthy Sandwiches

You can have them with nut butters (like peanut or almond butter) , vegetables, chicken, meat, or fish (like tuna) in so many ways and they are easy to put together.

It’s healthier to use whole grain and whole wheat breads. Try to stay away from white bread and bagels. Also, check the nutrition label on the back of your bread and be sure it does not have high fructose corn syrup or sugar. You can even skip the bread and just use lettuce to wrap your sandwich, especially if you are trying to lose weight.

If you like nut butters like peanut butter or almond butter, it’s best to get the all-natural ones with no added sugars. Just check the nutrition label on the back and be sure sugar is not listed. Also, try not to add too much jelly to nut butter sandwiches. A little goes a long way.

Add more vegetables if you can in your sandwich like lettuce and greens, red onions, cucumber, bell peppers and tomatoes.

Use less sauce, mayo and cheese. If you don’t like a dry sandwich, it’s better to use some mustard, vinegar, light salad dressing, hummus or mashed avocado instead.

If you like meat in your sandwich, keep in mind that it’s best to stay away from deli meats like salami, corned beef, bologna, pastrami, pepperoni and bacon. You can also ask the deli person for meats with low salt or meats with no added salt, sugar or extra flavors.


More Help…

✧ Guides: How to Get Food Help (help for people of all ages)

Support group: Why Hunger (find free healthy food near you)

Talk to your doctor or health care provider for more information. 

If you don’t have a doctor or insurance, you can get help at a health center near you.


cell phone

Call (800) – 5 – HUNGRY or (800) – 548 – 6479 for help finding free food in your area. You can also text your zip code to (800) – 548 – 6479 for help.

Call 2-1-1 for 24/7 help finding more programs, services and all kinds of help near you.

Call (800) – 273 – TALK (8255) for 24/7 caring support and emergency help with difficult feelings, emotions or thoughts of suicide.


Page last reviewed: August 18, 2017
Page last updated: August 23, 2017

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