We’ve got healthy snacks you’ll love
You’ve planned out breakfast, lunch and dinner to fit your daily meal plan, but when the eleven and two o’clock hunger hits, you’ll grab just about anything in site to get your fix. Sound familiar? Planning your meals and snacks each day can be a part time job so do yourself and favor and prepare for success by keeping only the best meal and snack options on hand.
Keep snacking simple by finding 2 or 3 healthy snacks to start and then add variety by pairing your go-to’s with other healthy options. The 5 snacks listed below are a great place to start and once you find your favorites healthy snacking will become second nature.
Hard Boiled Eggs make a great snack
Hard boiled eggs are a protein powerhouse! Eggs are not only a great low calorie snack option coming in at approximately 80 calories per egg, they’re also a great source of the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin which promote eye health. Pair hard boiled eggs with high fiber toast, whole grain crackers, grape tomatoes, or sliced peppers. Add a dash of salt-free all purpose seasoning and this snack will never disappoint.
Nuts & Seeds
Nuts and seeds are a good source of healthy fat, fiber, protein and nutrients. They contain monounsaturated fat and polyunsaturated fat, which can help lower cholesterol making them extremely heart healthy. While nuts and seeds are a great snack choice it is important to remember to stick to the proper serving size. A serving of nuts and seeds is typically about 1 oz. (a small handful) and about 200 calories. Check the nutrition label for the proper serving sizes of each variety. Pair a serving of nuts, nutter butter, seeds or seed butter with whole grain crackers or cereal, carrots, celery, apples, bananas or yogurt.
As most people know vegetables are low calorie and packed with nutrients. When it comes to fresh vegetables, calories are the least of your worries considering a full cup of veggies is typically less than 100 calories. This crunchy snack is a great partner to low fat dips and dressings, hummus, or nut butter. Try packing your vegetable sticks in a jar with your dressing or dip at the bottom of the jar for the perfect on-the-go snack.
Fat-free Cottage Cheese or Yogurt
The variety of yogurt and cottage cheese in the dairy aisle can be overwhelming so start off by looking for the options with the highest amount of protein and lowest amount of sugar. If you prefer yogurt over cottage cheese look for Greek yogurt, which packs almost double the amount of protein as traditional yogurt. Finding yogurt and cottage cheese that is flavored and low in sugar can be tough so consider sweetening it yourself with fresh or frozen fruit, 2 teaspoons of honey, or cinnamon. Yogurt and cottage cheese can also be savory by adding herbs and spices to make a healthy alternative to high fat dips and spreads.
Popcorn, everyone’s favorite snack
Popcorn is a great go-to when looking for something crunchy. It is naturally low calorie with about 100 calories per 3 cup serving of air popped popcorn. Unfortunately, not all popcorn is created, or prepared, equally. A 3 cup serving of movie theater style popcorn can be about 300 calories per serving and is high in saturated fat and sodium. Look for popcorn varieties that are low in fat, this will almost always mean they are also low in calories. Boom Chicka Pop and Skinny Pop are both great bagged popcorn options and can be found in most grocery stores.
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