Healthy Snacking: Alternatives to Old Favorites

We all know the importance of eating a healthy diet. We know that it should be balanced and well rounded. We know, for the most part, what we are supposed to include (lean meats, veggies) and what we are supposed to avoid (candy, fast food). The problem is not knowing what is best; it’s being able to carry out the difficult task to completion. One area in which many of us suffer is with our snacking habits. While we may eat healthy at every meal, we may be reaching for the wrong kinds of snacks far too often. If you’re looking for a way to clean up your diet with little effort, check out these healthy alternatives to some of your favorite snacks.

For the Salt Lover

Many people crave a salty treat around snack time. This particular craving is what makes snacks such as chips so popular. Of course, we all know that chips are a little less than healthy for our everyday diet. If you are a salt lover, check out these three healthier alternatives.

  • Nuts – Whether you grab a handful of peanuts, walnuts, or almonds, this snack can satisfy a need for salt. Buy the lightly salted kind, and eat only one serving. Eating more than this might mean you consume too many calories. You’ll also get a healthy dose of protein and Omega 3 Fatty Acid with this treat.

  • Popcorn – Popcorn gets a bad rap, but it’s really not too bad for you. Popcorn mostly consists of fiber, so it’ll keep you feeling full while also moving your digestion along. Pop your kernels in a skillet with light oil, or use an air popper to keep this snack healthy. Avoid butter or microwave popcorn whenever possible.

  • Kale Chips – If you really love chips, go for a much better alternative by making your own. Sprinkle your kale with olive oil and sea salt, and then bake them for about 15 minutes at 350 degrees. You’ll have a crunchy, salty, but super healthy snack.

For the Sweet Tooth

For the people who crave something sweet near snack time, you probably find yourself taking in too much sugar and far too many calories. Luckily, you can satisfy a sweet tooth without sacrificing your diet. Check out these three healthy options for sugary goodies.

  • Fruit – Though not as popular as veggies, fruit is still a far healthier option than any other kind of sweet food. Pick your favorite kind, stock your refrigerator, and use this as your go-to whenever you feel a sweet attack coming.

  • Yogurt – Another great alternative for sweet treats is yogurt. You can buy yogurt in a wide assortment of flavors, so you’re likely to find something you like. Key lime pie, peaches and cream, blueberry, and strawberry banana are just a few of the delicious options. With this snack, you’ll also gain some calcium and good bacteria to help keep your gut healthy.

  • Dark Chocolate – This slightly bitter cousin to regular milk chocolate is a wonderful way to eat something on the dessert menu without going overboard. A little bit of dark chocolate can actually bring your body some healthy antioxidants that will fight to keep your body healthy. Keep your portions small, and you can enjoy this treat every single day.

It’s completely possible to snack without giving up on your healthy and well balanced diet. Snacking properly is all about choosing the best foods to meet your cravings and your nutritional needs. Use these choices as a guide to a healthy snacking habit and a healthier body starting today.

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