Snacking: possibly one of the easiest areas to slip up when it comes to healthy eating. That bag of chips at a party, the cookies just sitting on the kitchen counter, those M&Ms calling your name from the cabinet -- you get the point. It can be easy to mindlessly snack on whatever food you have in front of you and quickly lose track of portion sizes. And often, we end up eating because, well, the food is there.
However, snacking does not allow the body to heal when it is constantly digesting food, because digestion is one of the biggest drains on your body’s energy. It is better to eat 2 or 3 fixed meals per day to allow the body get as much physiological rest as possible.
But if you are going to snack, it's important to choose healthy options.
An important thing to keep in mind when it comes to healthy eating is that you need to be ready for when the snacking urge strikes to avoid unhealthy snacks. Try carving out a chunk of time to cut up some produce and portion your snacks. Maybe even store them in serving-size containers in your fridge and cupboard! When you are in a hurry, you don’t want to have to worry about washing and cutting carrots. By doing the work ahead of time, you’ll make it easier on yourself when you want a healthy snack. Try some of these snack ideas to make healthy eating easier:
Hummus and Veggies
If you are looking for a snack that has some substance to it, hummus and veggies are a great option. Peppers, carrots, snap peas, and celery are all great for dipping in hummus! Try this delicious homemade hummus recipe.
Make a batch of oat bars, and you’ll have an easy snack you can grab when you are in a rush. They also double as a breakfast alternative! Check out this healthy recipe.
Sweet Potato Fries
These might take a little more planning and prep time, but if you can’t shake your french fry craving, try this healthy alternative.
Apple and Almond Butter
A healthier twist on a classic snack. Choose almond butter, peanut butter’s healthier cousin, instead.
Our bodies need healthy fats to function properly, so why not indulge in the ever-addicting guacamole? Try this healthy guacamole recipe (although we recommend leaving the salt out!).
This is a great option for those special occasions when you need a bit of chocolate. Find the recipe here.
Easy to Grab Fruit
Always keep bananas, berries, apples, or whatever fruit you prefer on hand that you can grab on the go!
Opt for popcorn without the butter and salt!
Do you have any favorite healthy snacks that didn’t make our list? Share with us in the comments below!