Healthy snacks are all the rage these days in the age of wellness culture, Keto diets and kale smoothies. Snacking between meals can help you keep your energy levels up and keep you from feeling famished by the time lunchtime rolls around. On busy or stressful days at work, the right snack can provide a much-needed distraction from the chaos. The bottom line is: if you’re not snacking, you’re missing out. Here are five healthy snacks that make snack time well worth it.
“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” If that’s true, then apples must be doing something right in our bodies. Turns out, they’re doing a few things right. Not only are apples a low-calorie food, they’re also a good source of fiber, which keeps tabs on hunger and blood sugar and helps keeps things moving in our digestive system. Pair your apple with a nut butter like peanut butter or almond butter for a satisfying serving of protein and fiber. You can’t go wrong with this no-prep, delicious sweet- and-salty snack.
2. Sweet potato chips
The sweet potato is one of those foods that taste delicious regardless of how it’s prepared, and sweet potato chips are definitely high on the delicious scale. You can buy these by the bagful or make them yourself. We really like Terra chips for their perfect crunch and ample sweetness. It’s super easy to make these at home, and they’re just as delicious. Simply slice a sweet potato in thin slices, or thicker if you prefer (a mandolin slicer makes this a breeze), toss with olive oil, seasonings like sea salt, chili powder and paprika, and bake until crispy. You can also make chips with other root vegetables such as beets, turnips and parsnips for a colorful and crunchy medley of root veggies that’s as delicious as it is healthy.
Hummus is a versatile snack that provides protein, fiber and iron, which is a good thing since we just can’t get enough of it. Classic chickpea hummus is the snack we know and love, but you’ll find dozens of other variations at the supermarket. You can also make your own hummus with the flavor combinations that jazz it up just the way you like it. Pair it with crackers, sliced cucumbers, baby carrots, celery... the list goes on. Hummus is not what you’d call a boring snack.
4. Greek Yogurt with Berries
Greek yogurt is packed with protein, calcium and vitamins, and low in sugar if you opt for plain Greek yogurt. And why wouldn’t you, when you can add your own sweetness? Mix in berries, cherries, honey, or dark chocolate for a yummy afternoon treat. This is one snack that will nip your hunger pangs in the bud.
5. Trail Mix
Trail mix sometimes gets a bad rap, but with the right ingredients, it can be a protein-packed, heart-healthy energizing snack that’s exactly what you need at 3 p.m. Why buy trail mix when you can make a high-quality version at home? We like trail mix because it’s portable, customizable, and the mix-in options are plentiful. You can mix almonds, peanuts, pistachios, raisins, chocolate chips, pumpkin seeds, coconut chips, popcorn etc. Avoid adding too much dried fruit, so your mix isn’t too high in sugar.
By: Denile Doyle