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Overnight oats takes less than $5 and 10 minutes to make for a healthy snack-to-go.

It's almost the start of a new year and that means New Year's resolutions. Every year I tell myself, I will start eating healthy but alas, it never quite works out or lasts. Especially for someone who loves to snack, it's hard to resist stuff like potato chips and chocolate bars all the time. I also found trying to lead a healthy lifestyle can seems a little bit expensive — but it doesn't have to be. I found recipes for healthy snacks that don't break your wallet or take up much of your time to prepare. 

Disclaimer: These budgets are based roughly on the main ingredients priced from Walmart for a single serving. I did not include common pantry items such as oil and spices into the budget.

Sweet potato chips ($0.50)

Regular potato chips are my downfall, but I've found a way to substitute the junk food with something better and healthier. Sweet potatoes themselves are higher in fiber and lower in carbs and calories than white potatoes. 

You will need:

  • Sweet potato 
  • Olive oil
  • Spices 

First, preheat the oven at 400 F.

Peel a medium-sized sweet potato and cut it into thin slices.

Mix it in a bowl with some drizzle of olive oil and add some garlic powder, onion powder, dried thyme, dried oregano, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper.

Spread it evenly onto a sheet pan and put it in the oven for around 10 minutes.

Flip the sweet potato chips around and put it back for another 10 minutes.

Once it is done, let it cool it for 5 minutes so it gets a crispier texture. 


Greek yogurt bark ($4)

For all the sweet-tooths out there, if you are always craving for chocolate bars, this might be a healthier option for you to snack on. Not only does it look good, it also tastes good. You know you can eat this guilt-free because it has less sugar and carbohydrates than other chocolate bars out there.

You will need:

  • Greek yogurt 
  • Honey or maple syrup
  • Berries
  • Granola

First, mix up a bowl of greek yogurt with some honey or maple syrup to sweeten it up a little bit.

Spread it evenly onto a sheet pan. 

After it is spread out thinly, decorate it with mixed berries and some granola.

Let it freeze overnight.

The next morning, cut it up into bite-size pieces and the snack is ready to be enjoyed.


Popcorn ($1)

For this recipe, you only need three ingredients (or two if you prefer to be even healthier without the salt). This snack is perfect for just a chill night at home watching Netflix. 

You will need:

  • Popcorn kernels 
  • oil
  • sea salt

Put one to two tablespoon of oil into the saucepan on the stove.

Take one popcorn kernel and put it in the pan.

Once it pops, pour the rest of your kernels, but enough to cover the bottom of the pan and cover it with a lid.

Shake it up once in a while to make sure the kernels pops evenly.

Once the popping stop, your popcorn is ready to go.

Season it with sea salt to your liking. 

Overnight oats ($3.50)

Although this is more of a breakfast than a midday snack, overnight oats are just so convenient to grab and go when you need to head out the door. They are also easily customizable to your personal taste and preferences. You can make something as simple as plain oats with granola or spice it up into a chocolate peanut butter oats. This recipe is my personal favorite to make, which is strawberry banana oats.

You will need:

  • Oats
  • Milk
  • Greek Yogurt (optional)
  • Strawberry and banana
  • Cinnamon
  • Honey

Get a half of cup of rolled oats into a mason jar

Add in half a cup of milk to the oats and mix it well

If you prefer a creamier consistency, you can also add in yogurt as well (optional).

Add some honey and cinnamon into the mixture.

Cut up with some strawberries and bananas and add it to your oats.

Lastly, stir it well once more and leave it in the fridge for at least two hours or overnight.

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