9 healthy snacks you can make for less than at the supermarket
If you’ve been grocery shopping lately, you’ve probably noticed a steep and unwelcome increase at checkout. Supply chain issues and increased demand following the COVID-19 pandemic have driven food prices to an all-time high, according to The New York Times. In fact, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations found that there was an average increase of 1.1% in food prices in just one month, from December 2021 to January 2022. And that followed a 7% increase between December 2020 and December 2021, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like grocery bills are stabilizing anytime soon either. The USDA predicts supermarket costs could rise another 2.5% by the end of 2022. A report based on data from a survey of 1,000 consumers by accounting firm KPMG predicts that shoppers will spend $79 more each month on groceries in 2022, shelling out an average of $611 per month this year, up from $532 per month in 2021, according to Winsight Grocery Business.
If you’re trying to follow a healthy diet, the rising cost of food can seem like a major hurdle. Eating at home remains more affordable than having it delivered (more than four times cheaper, according to an analysis by Forbes), but one way to control those costs at the supermarket is to ditch the pre-packaged snacks and make your own at home. Many snacks are easy to make on your own, and in addition to saving costs, you’ll be able to control the ingredients, making them even healthier than store-bought versions. Here are nine delicious, nutritious and economical snacks you can make at home.