Easy, Healthy Snacks That Need Zero Prep Time

Are you trying to eat healthier but can’t seem to kick that snacking habit? If you are, you’re in luck. We at Evolve Daily have found a smart, sneaky way for you to shed those pounds and still get your snack on.

Snacks are there for a reason. They were created so that you wouldn’t have to suffer from starvation in between your regular meals. However, finding healthy snacks isn’t always the easiest thing to do. Sometimes, it’s easier to just grab something from the vending machine and hope that it’s healthy enough. Why not save those dollar coins

Curious? Read on to find out the easiest and healthiest snacks for you to munch on: 

1) Edamame

edamameYes, edamame, aka your favorite appetizer at any Japanese restaurant. Not only is edamame packed with protein, slow-digesting carbs, and good fat, it also gives you that energy boost you need when you’ve hit your midday energy slump. You can find edamame in the frozen food section of any grocery store, blast them for less than a minute in the microwave and you’re set!

 

2) Strawberries

If you’re looking for another great source of vitamin C (apart from the boring old orange) and a way to satiate your appetite, look no further than a handful of strawberries. They’re the only berry with only 11 grams of sugar per cup – that’s a lot less than raspberries and the rest of the members of the berry family!

 

3) Pumpkin seeds

peeled-pumpkin-seedsDon’t be fooled by their appearance! These tasty, tiny seeds are filled with whole-food protein as well as zinc, which is known to fight disease and boost testosterone. They’re a great way to add crunch to your salads and cup of greek yogurt and a healthier alternative to a bag of chips. And here’s a helpful hint: If you’re not into peeling pumpkin seeds, you can buy them peeled!

 

4) Greek yogurt

Unlike its calorie and sugar-laden counterparts, Greek yogurt is one of the easiest and tastiest ways to get your protein fix. Greek yogurt has twice as much protein as regular yogurt (23 grams, to be exact) and it’s also rich in calcium and probiotic bacteria.

 

5) Hard-boiled eggs

eggs photoMake a batch of hard-boiled eggs ahead and you can store them in the fridge for a few weeks. Not only is the humble, hard-boiled egg a great way to satiate your appetite, it also helps you build muscle and boosts energy. Don’t be shy to sprinkle on some sodium free Cajun seasoning if you need to make it tastier.

 

6) Chocolate milk

A glass of chocolate milk is a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth and also one of the best ways to recover from an intense martial arts class. Studies show that chocolate milk provides the optimal mix of carbohydrates and high-quality protein, making it one of the best snacks out there. And the best part – it tastes amazing!

 

7) Grapes

grapes Looking for a quick way to beat the heat? Pop a bunch of grapes in the freezer for a few hours and you’ll have a healthy, sweet treat to counter any craving. Grapes are full of antioxidants and resveratrol, which is known for lowering levels of LDL cholesterol and promoting blood vessel health.

 

8) Nuts

almond-nutsWhether they’re peanuts, cashews, or almonds, nuts are one of the easiest ways to add more protein and healthy unsaturated fats to your diet. You can easily purchase a small bag of nuts from any supermarket – just try looking for the baked or unsalted version if you’re looking for something healthier.

 

9) String cheese

Contrary to popular belief, string cheese isn’t just for toddlers and kids. It’s also a delicious way to get extra protein in without consuming too many calories. Easy to find in any dairy section, string cheese is portable enough to stash in your backpack should you have a snack emergency. And guess what, there are now reduced fat versions of string cheese to keep your calories down.

 

So tell us, which of these snacks will you stock up on?

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