Cheap and Healthy Summer Treats

Melon is healthy and cheap

Did you know that we spend more money on groceries in the summer?  A survey conducted by SUPERVALU brand and Cub Foods found that most people deviate from their food budget during the warmer months.  More than half of the people surveyed believe summer is the best season for food.  So what lands in your shopping cart in the summer?

Healthy Summer Treats

We all love to enjoy cold treats in the hot summer sun.  Many of us choose low-calorie ice cream treats, to keep our waistlines in check.  But some of those items can ramp up your grocery bill.  So what are some less expensive tasty sweet treats?  Heidi Diller, RD, Cub Corporate Dietitian suggests heading straight for the fruit section of the produce aisles.

She says that watermelon is a perennial favorite.  It will satisfy your snack cravings and it makes a yummy dessert.  But if you are looking for something more interesting, you can try other forms of melon as well. “All melons have similar nutrients and are nutrient dense. What that means is they provide lots of nutrients for very little calories.  Honeydew, cantaloupe, casaba melon are all good alternatives,” she says.

So the next time you head to the market, before you hit the freezer section, fill your cart with summer treats from the produce aisle.  You’ll save money and calories at the same time.

We want to hear from you!  What’s your favorite low-cal treat?  Leave a comment here, or go to our Facebook page and join the discussion.

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