My clients are constantly asking me what they can eat for healthy snacks. Snacks are an important part of a healthy diet. Snacking on the right foods can keep your blood sugar levels stable and prevent overeating at meals. Many people either don’t snack, or forget to snack, and then end up stuffing themselves when they eat because they are starving.
When you eat healthy snacks, you can set in motion a positive cycle of healthy eating.
1.Vegetables: Some of my favorite vegetables to snack on are carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, celery, red and green bell peppers. You can dip these in homemade or healthy store bought hummus.
2.Fresh fruit: I love grapes, oranges, apples, bananas, strawberries, peaches, nectarines and cut up watermelon or cantaloupe.
3.Soy yogurt: I love soy yogurt. Make sure you only use non-GMO or organic versions. My favorite is Whole Soy, I love strawberry and peach flavors.
4.Whole grain crackers: Make sure the cracker is whole grain, does not contain any oil or dairy. I like Wasa cracker with peanut butter or fruit spread on it.
5.Bowl of healthy cereal: I love cereal. Healthy options include Kashi or Barbara’s Bakery brands with a sliced banana and plant milk of your choice.
6.Homemade trail mix: Cheerios, old-fashioned oats, chopped dates, raisins, chopped walnuts, chopped almonds.
8.Pretzels: Whole grain only, such as Snyders.
9.Popcorn: Use air popped and not oil popped corn. You can even sprinkle a little nutritional yeast on top for a cheezy flavor.
10.Chips: Try a low-fat version like Guiltless Gourmet. You can even make your own out of corn tortillas. These are great with salsa.