the other day, a close friend of mine came into town from traverse city. we had lunch and walked around grand rapids for artprize - it was great :] while catching up, she confided in me about her crazy work schedule and her recent weight gain - saying that she never has the energy to make anything healthy, or the funds to buy it either. i gave her a couple suggestions of things i eat, and have had a couple days to think of some more. so if you have the same worries or questions, hopefully this helps.
normally when i go shopping, i get the exact same snackies like: rice cakes, fruit/veggies, hummus, special k and whole grain bread. rice cakes are great for when you have the munchies - i normally get the cheddar flavored ones, but all of the other kinds are great too! fyi: the apple cinnamon ones are delish with peanut butter. fruit and veggies are essential - but only get ones that are in season, because they are the most flavorful. for example, right now you can get apples [great with nutella or caramel], blueberries [terrific in almost any kind of cereal] and asparagus [which is one of the easiest and yummiest veggies to cook - stovetop, butter & salt]. also, get some special k. i don't care if you don't like it - get it anyway! because the whole grains are great for you and it's filling at the same time. the vanilla almond kind is my fave - i put berries in it and honey on top. yummmmmm :]
get some protein too - aka beef, chicken, tilapia, turkey, roast beef, etc. ham is fattier, so skip that. if you like fish, salmon is really good for you, too. eat the deli meat on spinach or tomato wraps, with veggies and italian dressing. skip the mayo if you can. grill the chicken and fish in lemon juice and pepper - which makes it so yummy and light. red meat [for burgers, steak and tacos] can be healthy too, but in moderation.
try to cut pop out of your diet. if you can't, try drinking pepsi zero, root beer or diet coke. drink more water - it will make a huge impact. if you have a sweet tooth [like me!], buy some 100 calorie puddings and desserts. i can't live without ice cream, so i get the lactaid kind [no dairy] - and normally make root beer floats or small sundaes :] don't forget kettle corn, too! a mini bag can definitely satisfy a craving.
so hopefully this little blurb gives you a some guidance. remember not to starve yourself, or even deprive yourself of the foods you love. just eat them in moderation. healthy eating!