Snacking and empty calories don’t have to go hand in hand. Opting for healthy snacks is easier and tastier than you ever imagined. All it takes is mixing and matching (with some creativity thrown in), and you’ll have healthy and enticing snacks.
Do you find it easier to grab a bag of chips or a candy bar than put together a healthy snack because you are short on time? If so, think again; many healthy snacks take very little time.
Healthy Snack Ideas:
-Turkey and Cheese Wrap-
Fill a whole what tortilla with low-fat turkey and your favorite low-fat cheese, skip the mayonnaise, and use plenty of fresh veggies like lettuce and tomatoes. This snack will tide you over until mealtime with a great deal fewer calories than a packaged snack.
Cut up your favorite fruit and drizzle it with lemon juice as a natural preservative. Put it in small containers or bags in the fridge to make it a snack that is just as convenient as high-fat, high-calorie convenience snacks.
-Ants on a Log-
Cut up fresh celery into small pieces, top with low-fat cream cheese or peanut butter, and then top with raisins. Kids love making and eating this one; a great way to get them interested in healthy snack creation.
Mix some dry low-sugar cereal with dried nuts and raisins, and maybe throw in some other dried fruit as well, and you’ll have a healthy mix that’ll keep you energized in-between meals.
-Tortilla Chips and Salsa-
Pair low-fat, low-salt baked tortilla chips with your favorite salsa, a spicy, tasty favorite you can enjoy without packing on the pounds.
Combine your favorite cut-up fresh fruit and non-fat plain yogurt in a blender for a tasty, filling smoothie treat.
Pair whole-grain, low-sodium crackers with low-fat cheese, lean sandwich meat, tuna, or peanut butter for a crunchy snack that you can vary greatly to make it interesting every time.
-Chocolate Dipped Strawberries-
Yes, there is a somewhat healthy way to ease that chocolate craving. Dip strawberries or other berries in melted dark chocolate for both fun and delectable chocolate lovers’ delight.
-Cheesy Fruit Kabobs-
Alternate chunks of fresh fruit with cubes of low-fat cheese on a toothpick or skewer stick for a tasty, fun snack with a stylish appearance.
Snacking can be both quick and healthy. Healthy snacking is key to good health, peak performance, and sets a great example for younger children. The ideas above are all great starts on the trend toward healthier snacking. However, the possibilities are endless. Think of all your favorite healthy snacks and interesting and fun ways to put them together to make a tasty creation. You just may be surprised that you come up with little effort and a lot of creativity!