By Rebecca Longshore
July 08, 2014

Swinging through the drive through, going out to lunch, and ordering in for dinner can quickly take you down a slippery slope when it comes to your wallet and waistline. Sure, it saves time in the moment and maybe only costs a couple of bucks here and there, but you actually lose money, gain unwanted calories, and create one seriously unhealthy habit. Cooking at home gives you the complete control over what goes into your food and breaking the habit is easy when you have a plan. Here’s a daily plan of breakfast, lunch, and dinner where each recipe rings in under $2.00 and less than 400 calories per serving. Click on the picture for the recipes.

Berry-Banana Smoothie

Start your morning off right with a dose of vitamin C, whole grains, antioxidants, and potassium in a creamy, slightly sweet Berry-Banana Smoothie for $1.59 and 369 calories per serving. The best part about this smoothie is the oatmeal blended in it, which will keep you full and satisfied until lunch rolls around.


Turkey, Apple, and Swiss Melt

When it's time for lunch, this whole grain, protein-packed Turkey, Apple, and Swiss Melt delivers one hearty and satisfying sandwich for only $1.45 and 350 calories per serving.

For a budget friendly and 200-calorie snack in the afternoon, nix the vending machine and grab an apple and a tablespoon of peanut butter. The peanut butter will fight sugary cravings and give you a boost of energy for an afternoon workout before dinner.


Santa Fe Grilled Chicken Soft Tacos

To finish your day with a bang, fire up the grill and whip up these Santa Fe Grilled Chicken Soft Tacos for an explosion of flavor that comes to your dinner table in minutes. The best news, these delicious tacos are only 198 calories and $1.22 per serving. To round out the meal, we suggest you serve up a side of mixed greens, rice, and black beans.

For more delicious, nutritious and budget-friendly meals give these 5 chicken recipes a try.

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