So, we often hear that snacking can lead to the dreaded and feared weight gain, but I think the issue isn’t snacking itself, it’s what you are snacking on that makes the most difference.
The snacks that generally encourage unhealthy weight gain, higher cholesterol, higher blood pressure, and many other problems, are the usual suspects: junk food. It’s that couple handfuls of candies, high-sodium chips, and super high calorie smoothies/shakes (just to name a few) that can really can add up.
The good news is that there are so many snacks that help satisfy cravings and help to keep you satisfied between meals.
#1. Avocado & Tortilla Chips
Avocado (B&C’s Favorite Ingredient of the month!) is smooth, creamy, and full of heart healthy fat that can help to keep you satisfied. Pair it with some tasty tortilla chips (that are made from natural ingredients and low in sodium & sugar) to cure that craving for something crunchy.
#2. Nuts/Seeds & Dark Chocolate
This snack may appeal to your sweet senses. If you have a craving for something sweet and are still trying to not overdose on sugar then opt for quality dark chocolate, which tends to be lower in sugar & fat content. Similar to the avocados, the nuts/seed will help to keep you satiated and pair very well with chocolate.
This has to be one of the most perfect snacks! A few reasons oranges are great…
- Easy to grab-on-the-go
- The fruit is protected by its peel
- You don’t feel as though you need any drink to wash it down,
- It contains dietary fiber (helps to keep you fuller longer, & is good for your digestive tract)
- The sugar content (naturally occurring) and vitamins C& B are wonderful for re-energizing you.
#4. Baked Zucchini and Sweet Potato Sticks
If you’re looking for a heavier snack then this is the one for you! Sweet potatoes are filled with fiber and will definitely help with hunger and give you energy. Just slice up one zucchini and sweet potato add some seasoning of your choice, bake in the oven and enjoy!
#5. Vegan Smoothie
Many smoothies claim to be “healthy” however if you read the nutrition label and ingredients you can see that most are filled with just fruit, yogurt, and a sweetener. It sounds great, BUT these smoothies are very high in sugar. Yes, some is from fruit, however, it is important to moderate consumption of fruits. Think about it this way – are you able to eat (as in chew) 1 cup of blueberries, 2 apples, 1 orange, 1 ½ bananas, and some yogurt in sitting? Aside from the few exceptions, probably not. So, why in liquid form is it okay to drink all of this?
Also, smoothies can be very heavy due to the added milk products. Try opting for a homemade or freshly made smoothie that combines fruit, vegetables, and perhaps some protein.
Voilà! There are your 5 healthy snacks for your enjoyment. Snack away!
Peace, Love, & Coconuts.