Sometimes, we just can’t help ourselves, especially when it comes to snacking. After all, what’s more satisfying than being able to satiate your cravings with the exact thing you’ve been craving for: a bag of Cheetos and a handful of M&Ms.
The sad part is that we all know how bad snacking can lead to problems like obesity and heart disease, and yet we keep on falling into the trap of mindless, unhealthy snacking. But what if we made healthier choices with our snacks? Not only do you get to have that body you’ve been working so hard on but you can also eat whenever you want. It’s a win-win situation!
Today, Evolve Daily shares 9 Snacks That Are Actually Good For You:
1) Nut butters: Whether its peanut butter or almond butter, nut butters are a great source of protein. The best part is that you can spread it on almost anything: fruit, fiber-rich crackers, puffed rice cakes or spoon it into a smoothie. If you can’t find anything to spread it on, you can have a big spoonful on its own – yummy!
2) Hard-boiled eggs: Prepare them beforehand at home and throw one in a ziplock for each workday. Eggs are also rich in protein and filled to the brim with nutrients. They’re also one of the cheapest snacks on the list!
3) Nuts: Nothing beats the satisfying crunch of eating a handful of nuts. Almonds, cashews, Brazil nuts, walnuts, pistachios – make sure you choose raw or baked nuts and stay away from anything with “salted” or “honey” on the label. Nuts are also a great source of fiber and protein!
4) Fresh fruit slices: Get your daily source of vitamins and fiber from fresh fruit slices. Slicing up your fruit makes it so much easier to pack and also to spread some nut butter on!
5) Smoothie: There are hundreds of recipes for smoothies online for a reason – a smoothie is a delicious and efficient way to get all the healthy stuff in just one gulp. For a thicker smoothie, add chia seeds for extra protein and some greek yoghurt. Don’t forget to load it up with fruit and veggies!
6) Açai bowl: A vitamin packed and anti-oxidant filled snack straight from the Amazon, this bowl definitely packs a punch! Wondering how to prepare your bowl? Simply top off some frozen, blended Açai paste with chopped bananas and granola. Açai is perfect for after a workout or a blistering hot day.
7) Canned fish: Although you won’t be making any new friends in your office’s pantry, having a snack of canned fish is definitely worth it. Whether it’s tuna or salmon, both contain lots of protein and omega-3s. If you can’t stomach eating plain fish, add some homemade mayonnaise, pepper and a squeeze of lemon. And if you must, have it with some fiber-rich crackers.
8) Greek yoghurt: While Greek yoghurt might be a bit too sour for most people, feel free to drizzle your cup of yoghurt with manuka honey or granola. If you don’t have any of the above available, add some of your fresh sliced fruit for some natural sweetness and crunch. Fat-free, low-calorie and rich in protein, what better snack is there?
9) Hummus: Here’s the recipe for hummus: mashed chickpea, tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and cracked pepper, all thrown into a blender — easy, right? As simple as it sounds, nothing is as tasty and healthy a snack as hummus dip is. Filled with vitamins, anti-oxidants, and minerals, hummus tastes great as a dip for vegetables and fiber-rich crackers. Got some of those hard-boiled eggs left? Slather some hummus on!
Snacking doesn’t have to be unhealthy – all you need to do is make the right choices and as with all things, done in moderation. So tell us, which snacks will you pack next week?