If you like snacking, then you are going to want to know about the healthy snacks that fit people eat.
Snacking gets a bad rap – we tend to associate it with either overeating, wasted calories, or mindless eating. Snacking doesn’t need to be any of those things.
There’s nothing wrong with being hungry outside of our normal meal times and needing a little fuel. In fact, eating snacks can help you regulate your hunger and keep you from overeating at mealtime.
Here’s how to enjoy snacking while still treating your body to healthy food.
What Makes a Snack Healthy
Healthy snacks are anything that is nutritious and will keep you feeling satiated.
Healthy snacks should be low in sugar and not full of empty calories (anything primarily comprised of sugar, fat, or alcohol).
Here’s what to think about when choosing your snacks:
- Regulate the size – try to eat an amount that will satiate you but not make you overfull. Avoid eating snacks from the bag, portion out the amount you want to eat.
- Limit added sugar – choose snacks that have either limited or no added sugar, this will keep you from the sugar crash feeling.
- Try protein pairing – if you can pair a carb + a protein (think apple and string cheese) it will keep you fuller for longer.
- Avoid sugar drinks – sugary drinks will give you an immediate boost of energy but will not fill you up or satisfy your cravings.
Healthy Snacks For Healthy People
Making healthy snack choices does not need to be difficult. Sure it’s easy to stop at a convenience store and buy a candy bar or a sugar-laden cereal bar, but it’s just as easy to pick up some of these options at stores as well!
A few of them are easier to make at home and take along with you (I’m looking at you, edamame). Planning ahead is the best way to avoid eating junk-on-the-go.
Here are 15 healthy snack options you might enjoy:
- Mixed Nuts
- Baby Carrots and Hummus
- Apple Slices and Almond Butter
- Cottage Cheese with Cinnamon Sprinkle
- Kale Chips
- A Piece of Fruit
- Hard-Boiled Egg
- Pear Slices and Ricotta Cheese
- Cucumber Slices and Guacamole
- Sea Snacks
- Baked Apple Chips
- Nice Cream (Vegan, banana ice cream)
- Green Smoothie
When In Doubt, Go With Whole Foods
If you’re worried about whether or not a snack is healthy or nutritious, it might not be the right choice for you.
When you’re in doubt, just choose whole foods – fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and whole grains. Basically, anything that doesn’t have a list of ingredients, but is rather an ingredient itself!
What are your favorite healthy snacks? Let us know in the comments below.
If you like healthy eating, check out our instant pot recipes article and our thoughts on eating great food on a budget.