The concept of 'snacking' is misfortunately associated with an unhealthy diet, junk food habits, a detrimental lifestyle, and so on. On a positive note, that's not the case! This article would indeed walk you through a list that is healthy and would let you snack mindlessly!
Certain thumb-rules could guide you in handpicking healthy snacks, which you need to keep in mind while choosing a nourishing bite.
- Avoid snacks with added fat and sugars. This will only be noticed once you are in the habit of going through the ‘Nutrition Facts’ of the product!
- The amount should be kept in mind. Eating the right potion is important to keep yourself from unnecessary weight gain. Eating straight from a large-sized bag is not recommended. The appropriate serving needs to be taken out in a container before you start snacking!
- Not that unhealthy snacks cannot be opted for once in a while. Doing so would, in turn, help you strike the right balance.
Some healthy snacks for you
Nuts – Nuts are one of the most nutritious snacks. This is because they are a perfect balance of protein, fiber, and healthy fat as well. You must be wondering why these high-fat servings can be perfect snacks. Well, taking them in the right proportion is truly healthy in the sense that they reduce heart disease risks, depression, and other illnesses as well.
A plate of mixed nuts is both delicious and nourishing too!
Yogurt – Some Greek yogurt garnished with berries not only makes a healthy snack but also looks delicious when served! Greek yogurt is a rich source of calcium, potassium, and protein. Berries, on the other hand, are enriched with antioxidants.
Combine about 100gms of plain Greek yogurt with about 50gms of mixed berries in a bowl to fight your fatigue, once you are back from work!
Apple with Peanut Butter – “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”. That said, it is needless to jot down the incredible benefits of an apple! They are rich in fiber as well as antioxidants that improve gut health and reduces the risk of heart diseases too. Don’t worry about the high calories of peanut butter, it is indeed, an excellent plant-based protein source.
An apple garnished with a tablespoon of peanut butter provides for a sweet, crisp, and creamy snack for your evenings!
Eggs – Being high in cholesterol content, eggs have a bad reputation. However, consumed in moderate amount, they do not pose any risks to your heart or overall health. Going by the nutritional facts of eggs, 2 large boiled eggs have about 120 to 140 calories! The protein content of eggs is fair enough coupled with vitamins K2 and B12 that makes it one of the healthiest and 'weight-loss-friendly' eatables!
Canned Salmon and Sardines – Canned fish make a great snack and also requires no refrigeration! Fish-snacks like salmon and sardines are rich in omega-3 fatty acids that reduce the risk of heart diseases. Some fishes are also high in potassium, magnesium, and vitamin B12!
Olives – Olives make up an important part of the Mediterranean diet. They have powerful antioxidants that are good for your heart. Also, olives are high in monounsaturated fats which are heart-healthy, reduces insulin resistance, and even the risk of cancer.
This article is unable to account for the long list of healthy snacks from cottage cheese to kale chips to dried coconuts and sundried tomatoes!
However, when it comes to mindful eating, the bottom line is – if your snack craving hits, go and satiate it with whole foods that detoxify and boost weight-loss too!