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3 Snack Choices You Should Definitely Avoid

By Genevieve Cunningham

Snacking is one of the hardest parts of keeping a well balanced diet. There are just so many tasty snack foods out there! Unfortunately, many of these tasty options are also incredibly unhealthy. So what are we supposed to do? Avoid all snacks? Stick to only celery? Neither! It’s all about balance … and knowing what’s strictly on the don’t list. If you’re trying to take your snacking game to the next level, take a look at these foods to avoid at all costs.

Chips

You know the old adage: You can’t stop at one potato chip. If you break open the bag, you’re probably going to eat at least half of the contents. And what does this mean? It means major calories, ample amounts of sodium, and far too much fat for a snack. If you have to eat something salty, try pickles or pretzels. Both of these options have the salty crunch without the extra calories or hidden health problems.

Packaged Sweet Snacks

If you’re buying prepackaged sweets that come in a box, you’re doing your snacking all wrong. These snacks -- Twinkies, Ding Dongs, and other snack cakes -- are packed with both calories and massive amounts of sugar. Yes, they taste delicious! But they are absolutely horrendous for your health. If you simply must satisfy a sweet tooth, reach for a homemade sweet, or even better, a piece of fruit. But do your best to stay far away from the prepackaged sweets aisle in the grocery store.

Microwave Popcorn

Many think that popcorn is the healthier option to chips -- and it can be. But if you’re buying the butter soaked microwave kind, you’re definitely not doing yourself any favors. This kind of popcorn is packed full of calories and fat. If you need a popcorn snack, try using a little olive oil, a skillet, and the old fashioned kernels, and pop them yourself. Add very little salt and call it a day. But if you’re looking to improve your health or lose weight, skip the easy microwave popcorn every time.

Snacking can make or break your diet, so it’s important to be smart about it. Make sure these foods stay far away from your cabinet, and you’re already ahead of the game. Eat treats in moderation, stick to fruits and veggies when possible, and improve your diet slowly over time. This approach is sure to lead you toward better health and long-term success.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Minnetonka, Minn.

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