Foods that don’t take much time to prepare and just need to be heated up are convenient. They are more expensive and often less healthy than cooking foods from scratch.
Convenience foods include:
- Frozen pizza
- Pre-made sandwiches and subs
- Microwaveable dinners
- Canned pastas
- Hot dogs
- Chocolate bars
Convenience foods often have unhealthy amounts of salt, sugar and fat in them. Eating too much salt, sugar and unhealthy fat can lead to health problems, like diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
To stay healthy, and save money, try to choose healthier options at the store.
Healthy snacks include:
- Fruit like apples, bananas and oranges
- Vegetables like celery, carrots, broccoli or cauliflower
- Cheese and crackers
Replacing some of the convenience foods you eat with meals like in the recipies below can save money and is healthier for you and your family.