Healthy Snacks? Yes Please.
It’s 3:00PM. Just three hours ago you had lunch yet your dinner plans aren’t until 7:00PM!? What should you do? It’s obvious that grabbing a snack needs to be the next thing on your agenda. Over the years, as more processed foods high in fat and sodium have been produced, snacking has unfortunately gotten a bad rep. If you are snacking on the right kinds of foods though, having a snack will benefit you from overeating at meals and help give you a boost of energy, both mentally and physically. Naturally, we typically get hungry every 3-4 hours causing our blood sugar to take a dip below its regular level. Here are a few healthy snack ideas that will combat your low energy levels and keep you away from that bag of chips!
- Nuts: Nuts are a great kind of snack, especially when you are on the go. Almonds, pistachios, and cashews have been noted as the nuts with the lowest calories. Besides being a nutritious snack, some nuts even have additional health benefits. For example, walnuts have been considered to be a heart healthy snack that is said to reduce inflammation and increase oxidation in your arteries. Make sure to be conscientious about how the nuts you are eating have been processed. Avoid nuts that are packaged or roasted in oil. Nuts that have been roasted or dry are a better choice.
- Rolled Up Turkey: A lean protein like turkey is a great way to recharge. If you are adventurous, you might like to try it with a dab of mustard or wrapped around a stick of cucumber. When buying your turkey, keep a look out for sodium nitrites and sodium nitrates. These ingredients can increase the risk of heart disease and other related heart issues.
- Celery & Almond Butter: Craving a refreshing crunch? Then celery and almond butter is the perfect snack option for you! Celery contains a high water density and is already a low calorie food while almond butter is a healthy alternative to a creamy dressing.
- Hard Boiled Egg: Once viewed as causing high cholesterol, studies have revealed that the true culprit of high cholesterol is actually saturated fats. Eggs are both low calorie and high in protein, containing roughly 6 grams of protein per egg. Eggs are also one of the few foods capable of providing us with vitamin D, a vitamin that promotes calcium absorption and prevents our bones from becoming thin and brittle. A fresh crack of pepper is a nutritious way to add a hint of flavor to your hard boiled egg.
- Rice Cake & Almond Butter: Looking for something to supplement your craving for salty chips and crackers? Try rice cakes! Rice cakes are not particularly nutrient rich, although they are low calorie and are paired nicely with a thin swipe of almond butter for a little extra taste.
- Tuna: Low in fat, rich in protein, canned tuna fish definitely fits the description of a healthy snack. Although having it dry is the healthiest option, there are other healthy ways to spice up your tuna. Adding a small dollop of low fat mayo, sliced celery, and finely chopped hard boiled egg with fresh dill and lemon pepper will transform your once basic can of tuna into a nutritious delicacy!
Now that you have an arsenal of healthy snack ideas, you will have to think of a really awesome excuse as to why you instead went for the fast food or the bag of chips!