Healthy Snacks to Get You Through Your Day
By Donna Kostiew
Our lives are all so busy that we often catch ourselves eating on the run or replacing our meals with snacks throughout the day. Whether that means we are hitting a different drive-thru every morning, or grabbing a candy bar or bag of chips from the vending machine at lunch, the choices we are making are doing very little for our overall health and wellness.
It’s time to support our health in a better, more nutritionally sound way and believe it or not, it takes just a few extra minutes each week to do so. It’s easy, it’s manageable and you’re already halfway there when you find yourself shopping at the grocery store. You just need to reach for something different or skip that certain aisle.
Foods to Shop for That Will Make a Difference
Most people are skipping meals and replacing them with empty-calorie snacks that aren’t very healthy. Here are a few suggestions for snacks that you should look for when you are out doing your shopping.
High-protein snacks – Protein is used by the body to build and maintain healthy muscle mass and is involved in just about every body function, so it is important to consume those foods that contain it every day. Not only are these snack options high in protein, but many come with other nutritional benefits as well: edamame, string cheese, Greek yogurt, hard-boiled eggs, seeds, jerky and tuna fish.
High-fiber snacks – Fiber is an important part of a balanced diet and can help to prevent heart disease, diabetes, and weight gain. Fiber can easily be found in different fruits and vegetables which are such an easy snack to pack and go. Some options for high-fiber fruits and veggies are: grapes, strawberries, bananas, raspberries, broccoli, carrots, celery and kale chips.
Low-carb snacks – Whether you’re trying to reduce carbs in your diet or just wanting to eat healthier, give these low-carb snacks a try. Most of these snacks are also rich in healthy fats, protein, and other important minerals: celery, pistachios, walnuts, mixed nuts, nut butter packets, hummus, and avocado.
Low-fat creations – I call these “creations” because they may take an extra minute or two to make, but the extra time spent is worth it. They are all healthy and delicious: graham crackers with peanut butter, frozen banana pureed into ice cream, unsweetened applesauce sprinkled with cinnamon, berries topped with slivered almonds, fig newtons with peanut butter, and English muffins topped with cottage cheese and cucumbers.
You can really make any kind of creation or snack on a multitude of options, but it is to your benefit if you choose nutrient dense foods. So pack some healthier snacks each day, put a little jar on your desk, and save those quarters that would have been spent at the vending machine for something fun.
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