Healthy (and not-so-healthy) snacks
Hey there! How are you guys doing? While I'm sure you all realize the importance of being healthy, especially in the long-term, healthy choices are not always so easy or straight-forward when you're on the go or just busy – as we all tend to be, unfortunately.
So this post is going to be super straight-forward. I hope it helps you decide to choose the healthier options when it comes to snacking and plan your snacks, too. So here comes a list of healthy snacks ideas!
Healthy (and not-so-healthy) snacks
I bet you didn’t expect this one here, huh? Making sure that you eat enough protein at each meal is a great way to feel more satiated and full. There are many studies out there proving that, one of which you can find here. Plus, a protein shake is super easy to bring with you wherever you go and it doesn’t take any time at all to prepare. Win-win, huh?
Veggies and hummus
This is a great way to sneak in some veggies when you’re feeling like snacking on something crunchy and refreshing. Carrots, peppers, celery, cucumbers, tomatoes – whatever works for you. Hummus will give you that full and satiated feeling, and add a bit of flavor. Veggies and hummus work well on the go, too!
While fruit generally doesn’t have that many calories per serving, I’d recommend that you avoid snacking on fruit that’s very high in sugar, like bananas, grapes, etc. These are, of course, great to include as a part of your meal but not necessarily as a snack. Because they are high in carbs, they will give you a quick energy boost but then you’ll crash, still hungry, tired and possibly even irritated. So, instead, go for berries! There are so many types to choose from and, as any fruit, they are super easy to take with you anywhere you go.
These are also a good option for a snack but if you’re anything like me and can’t stop yourself from mindless snacking, small amounts of nuts can quickly add up in terms of calories. While you shouldn’t avoid them completely, be sure to choose your portions carefully, especially if you’re trying to lose/maintain weight.
These do take a bit longer to prepare but energy balls are still one of the easiest snacks you can make for yourself. Added perk: you decide what’s in them – whether it’s oats, dates, nuts, etc. – and the flavor too, of course! Also, be sure to check out ideas for healthy snacks on the Smoothies and Sunshine Pinterest board. It includes recipes for super easy and delicious energy balls! While I hope the above foods gave you some ideas about what to snack on in a healthy way, I know there are still so many myths and misconceptions about healthy snacks out there. So I figured I’d make a list of what I choose – and what you should choose – NOT to snack on:
While fresh fruit is a great snack choice, it’s not always feasible as you may not have fresh fruit on hand, etc. Dried fruit usually has crazy amounts of added sugar, which is why isn’t not the best snack option. Sure, it tastes great but, similarly to other sugary foods, it leaves you feeling groggy and tired.
Yep, even the “healthy” energy bars (or at least most of them) are full of artificial ingredients. I’m sure you’ve heard that if you can’t pronounce an ingredient, you shouldn’t be eating it? Seems quite logical, doesn’t it? First of all, you never know how certain ingredients might affect you and, secondly, why would you want to put some unknown substances into your body?
If you have no other choice but to go for processed foods such as energy bars, make sure to find those that contain only a few select natural ingredients. A good example are Larabars and Nakd bars, both of which contain various nuts, dates and different types of fruit, and that's it!
What are your favorite types of foods to snack on? Do let me know so we can improve this list!