Healthy Snacking is Good
Just because you want to be healthier, doesn’t mean you have to give up snacking. There are a lot of options out there to help us stay on the healthy path, but still give us the mid-day boost that snacks tend to give us. If you are on a diet like Green Coffee Bean Extract or just trying to watch what we eat, we have put together a list of healthy snacks for you.
When snacking, try to keep snacks either at or below 150 calories. It’s best to avoid snacks that have a lot of added sugar, artificial sweeteners, ingredients that you can’t pronounce, or items that have a long list of ingredients. It’s best to snack on foods that are whole, natural foods. Here are a few suggestions:
Healthy Snacking Ideas
- Apples with natural peanut butter
- Rice cakes
- Hummus served with whole wheat crackers or veggies like carrots, celery, and cucumbers
- Homemade smoothies
- Dried fruit
- Organic cheese with whole wheat crackers
- Homemade dips with veggies
- Sliced fresh fruit i.e. pineapple, strawberries, grapes, raspberries, watermelon, cantaloupe, etc.
- Air popped popcorn
- Mixed raw, unsalted nuts
- Make your own trail mix with nuts, seeds, and dried fruit
Final Tips to Healthy Snacking
When snacking, plan wisely. If you are often feeling hungry later in the evening, try snacking on something that is full of protein and fiber. Both of these nutrients will help you feel fuller longer, and keep your stomach satisfied, so you are not tempted to make a late night trip to the fridge. To make snacking easy and take the temptation out of junk food, spend an hour or so when you have free time planning out your snacks and preparing them. For instance, you can precut your fruits & veggies, place them in reusable containers, and store in the fridge. This makes snacks easy to grab without having to put too much thought into them, helping you avoid high fat, sugar filled, unhealthy snacks.