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Snack smart and healthy
Snacking is a part of everyday life for many people and the cause of many health and weight issues due to high fats, calories, preservative, chemicals and sugar. Learning the healthy options for snacking can be good for you without any of the guilt feelings or weight gain if done properly. Snacks are also recommended to keep your metabolism going and as a way to prevent weight gain. Remember that food is fuel and snacking can help to add missing nutrients to the daily meals. This article will help to allow you to choose healthy snack options as part of your daily health regimen.
Things You Will Need:
- Fresh and dried Fruit
- Green or black tea
- Cottage or String Cheese
- Whole wheat toast/jam
- Fresh vegetables
- Food Dehydrator
**Add hard boiled eggs to your diet
Try a hard boiled egg and whole wheat toast with some sugar free jam or marmalade as a healthy snack option for protein and fiber.
**Drink black or green tea
For another healthy snack option, try a cup of green or black tea as an excellent antioxidant, paired with a slice of whole wheat toast with nutella for protein that has a great taste and should help with a craving for something sweet.
**Fresh salsa for dipping
Many times we look for crunch in our snacks to satisfy cravings but, many of the traditional and familiar salty and crunchy snacks are awful on our waistlines and overall health. Instead of unhealthy potato chips and high calorie dips, try any fresh cut vegetable like carrots, celery, cucumber, radishes, broccoli, cauliflower, butternut squash or peppers with a low calorie salsa for dipping. You can also make your own salsa pretty easily and this allows you to completely control all the ingredients and make it very healthy and tasty.
Other healthy dips for snacking include black bean dip, three bean dip, humus, yogurt or make your own vegetable dip, butternut squash dip or spinach dip by using a food processor.
Cut up some fresh apples or pears and pair with low fat peanut butter as another healthy snack option. You'll gain fiber, vitamins and protein with this low calorie, tasty snack. If you're not a huge fan of fresh fruit, try using a juicer and this will allow you to combine several types of fruit that you wouldn't normally eat. Try kiwi, berries, pineapple, mango or pomegranate to name a few tasty treats.
**Add nuts for a healthy snack
Nuts offer an excellent snacking choice as they have protein, vitamins and essential fats that are polyunsaturated and monounsaturated making them healthy for the heart and cholesterol levels. Try almonds, walnuts, trail mix, pecans or soy nuts and add with a fat free yogurt for a filling snack that offers crunch and additional calcium.
**Add Dried fruit such as apricots
Have a piece of string cheese paired with either fresh fruit or dried fruit such as cranberries, raisins, blueberries or apricots. Or try sunflower and pumpkin seeds for additional omega 3 fatty acids and a healthy snack option. You can make your own dried fruit with a fruit dehydrator that will help you save money while you increase your fruit intake as a healthy snack option that you can carry with you in your purse, gym bag, backpack or even in your car.
**Dark chocolate in moderation
Allow yourself to snack on favorite items like chocolate in moderation. Dark chocolate is the best choice as it is loaded with antioxidants but, just have a small piece and not the entire bar for a healthy snack option.
More Tips for Choosing Healthy Snacks
- ·Be creative and try new items to add to your list of snack options to prevent boredom and assist staying as healthy as possible for the whole family.
- ·Read the labels of ingredients to choose the lowest in fat, sugar and calories.
- ·Limit or omit sugar in candy and sodas for optimal health.
- ·Add healthy snacks between all your meals to stay full throughout the day and to keep your metabolism burning those extra calories.
- ·Stop eating several hours before bedtime to reduce weight gain, drink water instead.
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Cheers to your good health!