Let’s face it, almost everyone loves to snack. In fact, many of us might be finding we're wandering to the fridge or pantry more often than normal. After all, snacking distracts us. It makes us happy. It even helps us fight boredom.
The problem is, snacks too often are sugary, fatty or high in carbs, all of which are counter-productive to staying fit.
But here’s the great news, with a little planning and forethought, there are plenty of healthy snack options that are both good, and good for you. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Veggie Chips
Check out different brand’s nutrition labels, but these delicious chips made from vegetables are full of healthy nutrients and can be a great source for vitamins, including A, C, D, E and B6. They’re made from all natural ingredients and have up to 30% less fat than regular chips.
- Dark Chocolate
Yep, we’ve been hearing it for years, but dark chocolate really does have a positive impact on your well-being. It has a low glycemic index and lots of antioxidants. Dark chocolate also contains several chemicals that can improve your mood and your cognitive health. If you’re not crazy about the sometimes bitter flavor, try finding a brand with coconut flakes mixed in.
- Celery and Peanut Butter
First, the celery is loaded with nutrients and carry almost no calories. It lowers blood pressure, contains vitamin A and adds fiber to your diet. Peanut butter provides its own health benefits too, like being high in potassium, protein and fiber. They are a perfect pairing for snack time.
Ok, watch the salt levels here, but they are a great snack and totally delicious. Edamame is the Japanese word for sweet, green soybeans. Hot or cold, they are a treat, and one full of health benefits including helping with digestion and being a good source of protein.
From keto to vegan, nuts fit into almost any diet type. They give you a satisfying crunch, great flavor and a ton of nutritional benefits. They are loaded with antioxidants, low in carbs, a good source of fiber and protein, and have been linked to improved heart health, weight loss, and stroke prevention.
Naturally, as with any food, moderation and portion control are important. That being said, it’s nice to know that when the munchies hit, you have plenty of healthy and delicious options to turn to. Stay healthy.