Blog5 Healthy Meals

With 18.2 meals being eaten outside the home in a typical month by the average American, the average cost of a meal outside the home is $12.75. That’s a monthly expense of $232 per month!

Eating out might seem harmless. After all, $12.75 doesn’t sound like much. But a bag of chips here, a salad there, and a few lattes later, you can easily find yourself wondering where all of your money has gone. Packing your own meals can save you a LOT of money – not to mention the health benefits of being able to pack fresh produce and practice portion control. If you’re looking to save on cost and calories, here are five healthy meals that will fill your belly without emptying your bank account.

1. Smashed White Bean and Avocado Sandwich

This sandwich is easy, transportable, and versatile! The white bean spread is delicious and can be used as a dip. Substitute for hummus with some raw veggies for a healthy snack or side. Get the recipe here.

2. Red Pepper, Goat Cheese, and Fresh Mint Wraps

Craving something creamy? Skip the heavy soups and cheesy sandwiches, and opt for this fresh wrap instead. The mint adds just the right amount of freshness. Use a spinach wrap for an additional source of protein. Get the recipe here.

3. Curried Chicken Salad with Apples and Raisins

Enjoy this alternative take on a classic. This sweet and savory option is perfect to use as a spread with whole grain crackers or to put inside a crunchy lettuce wrap. Get the recipe here.

4. Butternut Squash Soup

A comfort classic, this soup is extremely filling without packing on the pounds. Enjoy alone or as a side to your favorite green salad. Get the recipe here.

5. Quinoa Salad with Tuna

Tuna Quinoa Salad

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This beautiful salad is both light and refreshing. With a 2-4 portion size, it’s the perfect dish to share with your friends and family. Get the recipe here.

What budget-friendly meals do you have on the menu this week? Share your ideas and recipes with us on our Facebook page!

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