Most of us can’t get from breakfast to lunch and lunch to dinner without munching something, and that’s totally fine as long as we pick healthy snacks. We need energy between our meals to stay productive and focused, whether we’re at home, work, or school.
Unfortunately, we don’t always pick healthy foods to satisfy our cravings. In fact, most of the time we grab the first thing we see without thinking if it’s good or bad for our health. We blame the lack of time for our poor choice of snacks when in reality, that’s only an excuse to munch unhealthy items like chips, crackers, granola, pretzels, etc.
It’s time to change that and choose healthier snacks that are good for our mind and body.
We start with a snack that proves healthy foods can be delicious. The combination of berries and plain Greek yogurt is incredibly nutritious and tasty. Greek yogurt is loaded with potassium, calcium, and protein that will keep your energy levels high until your next meal.
On the other hand, berries are incredible sources of antioxidants. Choose a mixture of berries in different colors to get a vibrant snack that will look inviting for even the pickiest eater.
Despite being addictive, nuts are high in essential nutrients such as fiber, protein, and healthy fat. Their nutrient content links them to a lower risk of depression, heart disease, and other illnesses.
Eating mixed nuts as a snack can help you feel full for longer, thus helping you to lose a few excess pounds.
The best part about this snack is that it’s super easy and quick to prepare. You can mix a few types of nuts in larger amounts, and store them in a container that you will always have at hand. You can also put some mixed nuts in a separate compartment of your bento box and you’re ready to go to work or school.
Roasted chickpeas make an incredibly good salty snack that will satisfy your craving for a savory and crunchy treat. You can use a mixture of your favorite spices, or use different spices every time you make them.
To make this healthy treat, you need to bake chickpeas until dry or up to 10 minutes, toss them with oil and salt, and bake until golden brown, crispy, and dry. Combine chickpeas and your mixture of seasonings such as dried oregano, chili powder, and cumin, on a sheet tray and mix to combine.
Let them cool and store them in Tupperware or add them in a separate compartment of your bento lunch box.
These crunchy cauliflower bites have just enough flavor and calories to keep you going. It’s the perfect healthy alternative to chips that will help you avoid reaching for empty calories.
To make this seriously filling snack, dip floured cauliflower in beaten eggs, then in breadcrumbs, and place them on a prepared baking sheet. Season with salt and pepper and bake until crispy and golden.
In the meantime, prepare the sauce by mixing water and cornstarch until well-combined. In a separate bowl, mix honey, soy sauce, Sriracha, lime juice, and garlic over medium heat. When it boils, add the water/cornstarch mixture and cook until the sauce thickens, or for about two minutes.
Toss the crispy cauliflower in the sauce and return to the baking sheet in the oven for two minutes. You may want to pack more of these cauliflower bites for work as we’re sure your coworkers will want to try them.
The combination of peanut butter and apples tastes heavenly. Apples are rich in antioxidants and fiber that lower the risk of heart disease and improve gut health.
The benefits of peanut butter include reducing bad cholesterol and triglycerides, and improving good cholesterol and heart health. Being high in calories, peanut butter is best when eaten in moderation.
Each of these three food items has fantastic health benefits, so combining them together makes a nutrient-powerhouse. Cottage cheese is rich in protein and incredibly filling, and full-fat cottage cheese contains a fatty acid that’s good for your health.
Cinnamon helps control blood glucose levels and is beneficial for gut health. Flax seeds are also good for blood glucose control but they aid weight loss as well.
To make this healthy snack, mix cottage cheese, cinnamon, flax seeds, and some sweetener if desired.
Inspired by Greek Salad, this delicious, refreshing dip is made of feta, tomatoes, cucumbers, oil, and zest. If you want a smoother and fluffy consistency, just add some cream cheese and yogurt.
Season with salt and pepper and that’s it. You have a quick healthy filling snack that you can pack for work together with some pita chips.
Almonds and dark chocolate make a filling and portable snack. The flavanols in dark chocolate that contains at least 70% cocoa solids can help reduce blood pressure and the risk of heart disease.
Almonds, on the other hand, are good for blood sugar control and heart health.
If you’re craving chips, this is the perfect snack for you. Avocado is one of the healthiest foods on the planet, so this is without a question one of the healthiest snacks ever.
Mash a ripe avocado with a fork and stir in lemon juice, parmesan, Italian seasoning, and garlic powder. Season with salt and pepper.
Scoop the mixture with a teaspoon and place the scoops on a baking sheet sprayed with oil. Bake for 30 minutes until golden and crisp.
A single piece of portable fruit like apples, bananas, grapefruit, grapes, oranges, and pears can be surprisingly satisfying. If you don’t have time to prepare any of these snacks, you’ll surely have time to grab a piece of fruit to satisfy your afternoon cravings.
With these healthy snacks, you’ll no longer have an excuse not to eat something healthy when you get the urge to much on something.
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