Wining & Dining
Snack Right – A Guide to Healthy Noshing
1/5/2018 4:33:22 PM

The new year is here, and with it all our resolutions to eat healthier and resist the temptation of sweets. One of the easiest ways to break that resolution is by consuming snack foods – quick, easy-to-grab things like chips, crackers, and pre-packaged sweets. If you struggle to maintain your healthy diet, here are some tips and ideas to up your healthy snacking game in 2018!

Tips for Healthy Snacking
  • When you have the option, choose whole foods. Opt for high protein, low sugar snacks over carb-loaded sugary things. Nuts, fruit, veggies, lean meat, whole grain carbs, and healthy fats like avocados and eggs are better than crackers or chips.
  • Think outside the box. Oatmeal is a great, filling, high-fiber food, and there are plenty of ways to make snack bites or healthy "cookies” using oats, peanut butter, and fruit. Don’t restrict eggs and oats to "breakfast” foods.
  • Drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated is key to staying healthy.
  • If you are able, do some food prep at the beginning of the week (or whenever you go grocery shopping.) Wash and chop fruits and veggies, and assemble ready-to-go snack packs with nuts, cheese, eggs, and veggies. 
  • Know yourself – do you prefer salty or sweet snacks? Find healthy alternatives to things that you like, rather than trying to entirely change your preferences.
  • Find options that fit your schedule and needs. There are many healthy pre-packaged snacks available. From yogurt and nut cups to hummus with veggie sticks, you can find healthy snacks that require no prep or energy at your local grocery store.

Easy Options for Satisfying Your Munching Needs
To give you a place to start, try these easy ways to upgrade your snacking.
  • R.e.d.d. Energy Bars: These energy bars are packed with great ingredients, nine grams of protein, 23 vitamins and minerals, and 35+ milligrams of natural caffeine. They come in a variety of flavors like salted caramel and mint chocolate, and are loaded with superfood ingredients. Plus, the bars are gluten free, GMO-free, and vegan.
  • Roasted Chickpeas: Use a few cans of chickpeas, some olive oil, and your favorite spices to whip up this crunchy and savory snack. Chickpeas are a great source of protein, but offer a different flavor and texture than nuts.
  • Frozen Fruit: We all know that fruit is a great healthy snack, but have you tried freezing berries or other bite-size fruits? Banana slices sandwiched with peanut butter, blueberries or strawberries coated in Greek yogurt and more all make sweet, chilled snacks. (Of course, these aren’t as great to pack in a lunchbox, but they’re good for munching on if you have access to a freezer.)
  • Oatmeal Energy Bites: The great thing about this snack is that it’s entirely customizable! Start with oats and a nut butter of your choice. (Most recipes call for peanut butter, but you could also use almond or cashew butter.) Add honey to your preferred sweetness, then any mix-ins you’d like -- chocolate chips, dried fruit, cocoa powder, and coconut chips are all great options. These are fun to pack in a kid’s lunch, too.
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