I am definitely a snacker. I could sit at my desk and snack on popcorn all day. Most snacks are full of salt or sugar which is why the majority of people would say you shouldn’t snack. However, snacking can actually be good for you if you choose the right snacks. Eating a snack or two between meals can curb hunger so that you don’t inhale the dining room table when you finally sit down for supper. Snacking can also help you get in all the nutrients you need such a protein and vitamins.
On the flipside, grazing all day—particularly on foods of little nutritional value—may result in eating too much and packing on extra pounds. The key is to take a smarter approach to snacking. Snacking doesn’t have to be bad for you—you just need to find healthier options. So, I’ve gathered my favorite healthy snacks for you. These are brands I trust and support whole-heartedly. And they taste so friggin’ amazing!
One thing to remember is that snacks shouldn’t replace a meal, so it’s important to understand how much is enough. Stock up on snack-size bags and small square containers like these baby food jars from Amazon. They are the perfect size for snacks and they allow you to control the serving size. Here are some of my other favorite snack ideas and tips:
- Save time by preparing ahead. Slice vegetables and fruits and portion them out for easy access. If it’s already ready for you, it’s easier to grab.
- Mix it up. Mix dried fruit, unsalted nuts, dark chocolate chips and popcorn in a snack-size bag for a quick trail mix. Blend plain fat-free or low-fat yogurt and 100% fruit juice and frozen fruits for a tasty smoothie. Add in old-fashioned oats and ground flax seed for a breakfast meal on-the-go.
- Nibble on lean protein. Choose lean protein foods such as low-sodium deli meats, unsalted nuts, or eggs. Wrap sliced, low- sodium deli turkey or ham around an apple wedge. Store unsalted nuts in the pantry or peeled, hard-cooked (boiled) eggs in the refrigerator to enjoy any time.
- Fruits are quick and easy. Fresh, frozen, dried, or canned fruits can be easy “grab-and-go” options that need little preparation. Bananas, apples, and oranges are what I like to call ready on demand. Just make sure your canned fruits are in 100% water and not syrup.
- Consider convenience. A single-serving container of low-fat or fat-free yogurt or individually wrapped string cheese or all-natural applesauce can be just enough for an afternoon snack.
- Swap out the sugar. Replace sodas with fresh juices like Honest and Purity drinks.