Healthy Snack Ideas For You
Until recently I didn’t snack, I used to eat “real food”.
However, the busier my life got – and that’s a great thing – I found I needed to snack otherwise I would end up eating 1 huge meal a day and that’s not good either.
The snacks I choose are of good quality and nutritious, I think a bit before buying and/or eating something.
To bridge the gap between meals, nutritious snacks are good to keep your body working at full speed.
Eating healthy snacks between meals helps control your weight and provides healthy protein, healthy fats, fiber and carbohydrates.
Making different choices still allows you to enjoy delicious foods but with the benefits of important vitamins and minerals that junk food lacks and it can also saves you calories.
1. Trail Mix of just nuts and dried fruit.
2. Fresh fruit would seem like such an obvious choice, but for some reason it is often overlooked as a snack choice and eaten more for desert.
Mix them with natural yoghurt to add a little protein and healthy fats.
3. Nuts are great for your heart because of the healthy fats they contain and, according Harvard Medical School, may help lower your levels of bad cholesterol if eaten regularly.
There is a downside to nuts – their high calorie hit, however it only takes a handful to satisfy your hunger because of the fibre and protein they contain and so you will probably not eat big amounts.
There is a misunderstanding in some cases that roasted nuts, salty nuts or any other variation is ok. Well it’s not ok, they are processed and this is what we want to avoid. Preferably the nuts should be all natural.
4. Low Fat Cheese like string cheese for a choice of low carb, high protein and healthy fats.
5. Popcorn is considered to be loaded with calories and so many people avoid it. It is actually a very healthy option encouraged by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Air-popped popcorn is low in both calories and fat and is packed with fibre.
If you do not have an air popper and have to choose microwave popcorn, be sure to choose a brand that advertises natural popcorn and not one that is loaded with butter and salt which most of them are.
If you chose popcorn at the cinema avoid the cheese, salt, caramel or other modern varieties. They bring nothing nutritious your body can use.
6. Carrot Sticks. If you are craving potato chips, it’s possible that your mind just wants something crunchy.
7. A medium apple and milk makes for a nutritious and satisfying snack.
Apples provide you with fibre and carbohydrates and the milk gives you a boost of calcium, vitamin B12 and protein.
8. Cottage cheese contains protein, which encourages weight loss and the building of lean muscle tissue, according to the Harvard School of Public Health. It also contains calcium and riboflavin.
You enjoy cottage cheese on its own, but if you are craving something sweet, add some of your favourite fresh fruits such as blueberries, sliced peaches, strawberries or pineapple.
I take cottage cheese with me on my Obstacle Races especially when I race in the cold season to eat afterwards.
9. If you have ice cream on your mind, you can reach for frozen yogurt instead. Frozen yogurt contains fewer calories than ice cream and comes in a variety of flavours.Many frozen yogurt options contain no fat but you should look for brands that contain very little sugar, as too much sugar defeats the purpose of choosing an ice cream alternative.
Fat is not a bad thing, it is an important element to maintain homeostasis, the property of a system in which variables are regulated to keep internal conditions functioning at optimal level. Instead of topping your frozen yogurt with caramel sauce or sprinkles, try some raspberries on top.
10. Greek yogurt with raspberries and honey.
Sweet, creamy, and filling, this trio feels completely indulgent.
The combination of fiber, healthy fats, and protein are sure to get you over any 3pm slump.
Combine a single-serving container of Greek yogurt, a cup of raspberries, and a half-tablespoon of honey.
11. Grapes and walnuts
No matter how much you love either, there are only so many you can eat. That’s because grapes are very high in sugar and walnuts are high in fats and even more filling.
A cup of grapes and a handful of walnuts together are a power-combo of natural sugars, fiber, healthy fats, and protein—all of which make for more long-lasting energy.
There are things we cannot control but when it comes to eating it is only about what we can control.
Source: The article was originally published by Alexandra Merisoiu on Moosin.com – Healthy Snack Ideas For You