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Healthy and Natural Snacks

By Edited Apr 2, 2014 0 0

For most Americans, snacking between meals is a part of everyday life. Finding healthy alternatives to fat and sugar loaded morsels can be a huge task, but a some are not as hard of a switch as you would think.

Greek Yogurt- All yogurts contain live active cultures, calcium, and probiotics to help your immune system fight against disease. Greek yogurt is just yogurt without whey so it has a thicker consistency, but it also gives it more protein and less dairy based carbohydrates. It is usually flavored with fruit or honey, however it is better to buy it plain and flavor it yourself saving you extra calories from sugar. Avoid brands of Greek yogurt that have added sugars or sugar alternative chemicals like aspartame and sucralose. Although greek yogurt is not a good snack on the go as it needs a spoon and to be refrigerated, but it’s a very tasty and healthy treat.

Baby Carrots- These mini vegetables can be found in the produce section of any store. They are cheap and both a sweet and savory snack that has anti-aging and cancer fighting properties. Combined with their crunchy texture and alpha and beta carotene packed into each bite, they are essential to any habitual snacker. Combine them with celery or green pepper slices for an added bonus. Just go easy on the creamy dressings.

Fresh Fruit- Most Americans lack a significant amount of fruit in their diet. Fruits like apples, pears, and nectarines are easily washed and eaten without much effort and give you lots of antioxidants to expel toxins from the body. When they are in season, Clementine oranges are also an easy snack that gives you vitamin C. Much like carrots, some fruits can stand to be out of the refrigerator for a few hours, but should not be left in a car overnight, so they are not a good choice for calming cravings when you pass the local burger joint on your way home from work.

Crackers and Peanut Butter- Peanut butter give you a dose of healthy fat and protein needed to maintain a healthy weight and build muscle. Paired with whole wheat crackers loaded with fiber and you’ve got a snack duo that manages hunger pains for longer than any snack based on simple carbohydrates. These can be a little messy, but put peanut butter between two crackers to make little sandwiches, store them in a plastic bag, and they instantly transform into a traveling snack.

Trail Mix- Trail mix comes in a variety of flavors and types so it can be hard to choose which one to buy. The cheapest and healthiest trail mix is one you make at home. Start with dried fruit such as raisins and different kinds of nuts and seeds which are inexpensive, easy to find, and provide an array of nutrients. Other popular ingredients include chocolate, banana chips, yogurt candies, and baked snack pieces. All of these ingredients combined create diverse and portable sustenance for even the pickiest eater.



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