Sometimes, we get randomly hungry in the middle of the day, but it baffles us whether we should take that chocolate bar – or that potato chip, to relieve our growling stomach. That’s one of the biggest threats and temptations to our healthy lifestyle.
Are snacks okay? Should snacks be part of my diet? Will eating snacks cause me to gain weight?
Yes. Yes. No. Snacking is a helpful way to fit additional nutrients into your diet and it prevents overeating during mealtime. Don’t be afraid to take your snacks whenever you’re hungry – what you snack on between meals can go a long way toward building your body type.
Snacking has gotten a bad reputation, but when your stomach starts growling hours before your next meal, a healthy snack is actually a good idea, to hold off hunger and maintain energy levels high.
As long as your snacks are healthy – and when I say healthy, it’s under 200 calories, satisfying, and pro-approved, why wouldn’t you have a snack?
Here are the 6 most ideal, easy and healthy snack food:
Pistachios have a remarkable nutritional profile: commendable amounts of protein, cholesterol-busting monounsaturated fat, and plenty of fiber and energy-boosting B vitamins. They’re also so delicious that it’s easy to take several handfuls, which can quickly send your snack time into calorie overload. That’s why in-shell pistachios are a near-perfect snack option.
- Mixed nuts
Nuts like peanuts, cashews, and almonds make for a crispy way to put in more protein and healthy unsaturated fats to your diet. Mixed nuts provide an easy way to get a delicious dose of protein in a convenient, shelf-stable package. Try a mixed bunch for variety and a combo with dried fruit for some added sweetness. The best bang for your protein buck? Almonds and the first one on the list, pistachios.
- Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkins are only for Halloween! These pumpkin seeds can actually make a healthy little snack once they’re washed, dried, and nicely roasted. A half cup of pumpkin seeds has about 14 grams of protein, making it the perfect pre-workout snack.
- Whole Wheat Crackers
This nutrient-rich snack rings in at just 193 calories and offers 2 grams of fiber. Add up some peanut butter! The combination of complex carbs and protein help to keep your blood sugar stable and keep you feeling full longer.
Preferably frozen – grapes don’t become rock solid when iced up; they’re firm but still easy to bite into with a creamy consistency. Fruits are entirely fat free without any trans fat or saturated fat, as well as providing nutrients, but grapes make the best snacks.
- Hard-boiled egg.
Not just for breakfast, this humble egg makes a muscle-building power snack to grab hold of. Low-cost yet loaded with nutrients, eggs are one of the best ways to get a healthy dose of protein. Feeling extra famished? Slice the egg and place it on a piece of whole-wheat bread.
The whole point is eating healthier doesn’t mean you have to give up snacking.
These lighter, healthier options are the perfect way to enjoy your favorite types of treats without blowing your calorie budget. It’s the main idea of snacking –to keep you from getting overly hungry in between meals and then overeating at your next meal. Makes a lot sense, right?
So next time you start to feel hungry a couple hours before lunch or dinner, don’t attempt to wait until the meal. Instead, eat something nutritious – a small healthy snack to tide you over.
What snacks do you bring to work? Does it benefit your health?
Have you tried any of these snacks in long-term?
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