Eating healthy is more than just about a slim waistline and looking great in clothes. A healthy diet supports a healthy weight, which helps one control their cholesterol, avoid type 2 diabetes, prevent obesity, maintain a healthy heart, and so on. To reap all these benefits, you must strive to eat healthy at all times. This goes for both meals and snacks. Here are some healthy snack suggestions to consider.
1. Dried Cranberries
Dried cranberries are a good source of healthy plant compounds and vitamins. These include vitamin C, E, K1, Manganese, and Copper. You also get fiber and antioxidants. Some of these have been proven very effective in preventing UTIs.
Dried cranberries can be rather sour-tasting. However, you can have them in your smoothies or get naturally sweetened dried cranberries to improve the taste.
Yogurt, especially one with probiotics, is a great anytime snack. Probiotics are great for the digestive system. You can eat yogurt on its own, make a smoothie, or add your favorite fruit in it. Go for Greek yogurt, yogurt with live cultures, and sugar-free options.
3. Dark Chocolate and Strawberries
Most of us have a sweet tooth, and it can often be hard to ignore. Instead of trying to, how about a healthy snack that will satisfy your sweet tooth as well?
Strawberries have natural sugar, which can satiate a sweet tooth. To add some dazzle, melt some dark chocolate and sprinkle on the strawberries.
Dark chocolate is a healthy option owing to its low sugar and milk content. In addition, dark chocolate contains flavonoids and antioxidants, both of which are known to lower the risk for heart disease.
4. Veggie Sticks
Cucumber, celery, and carrot sticks can be a quick healthy snack that requires little preparation. All you need to do is chop them up and enjoy. Then, to add some oomph, you can make a yogurt or avocado dip. You can also have your carrots in an almond or peanut butter dip for an extra protein kick. Guacamole works great for celery, carrot, and cucumber sticks as well.
5. Hard-Boiled Eggs
Boiled eggs are tasty, filling, and contain much of the nutrients your body needs. They are particularly rich in trace minerals and B Vitamins. One hard-boiled egg will deliver 9 grams of protein and keep you filled up. Not just that, but eggs are versatile. You can have them as a sandwich filling with whole grain bread, include them in a salad, or enjoy the egg as is on the go.
One thing you will notice about these snacks is that they also debunk the ”healthy snacks taste bad” myth. Whichever option you choose, you can be sure that it will excite your taste buds besides delivering a healthy kick. Your kids will love them as well, which is a plus.
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