Choosing a snack that is nutritious doesn’t have to be difficult, and they don’t have to taste boring either. By choosing one of the ten nutritious snacks listed below, you can be sure of their health benefits and you will enjoy their taste too.
- Cheese. Cheese is a great source of calcium, and when eaten in moderation, can be very good for you. Try some new cheeses to see if you like them to be more pungent, mild or smoked. Pair them up with a whole grain cracker, an apple or a pear to experiment on how the taste of the cheese changes with different foods.
- Fish. Fish is a great lean protein source and some are high in Omega 3’s which help with our cholesterol levels. Fish isn’t just for dinner anymore, you can get a variety of smoked fish to add to whole grain crackers or toast for a delicious and nutritious snack.
- Fresh Veggies/Fruits. Everyone knows that fruits and vegetables are good for you, but we also do not eat enough of them, or we eat them in a way that is unhealthy. Browse the produce aisle the next time you are at the grocery store and pick out some new varieties that you haven’t tried before. Jicama is a root vegetable from Mexico that tastes like fresh green beans. Mango is a delicious exotic fruit that tastes like a tangy peach. And Grapples are apples that have the flavor of grapes.
- Granola. You need to shop around before selecting a granola, since many can be very high in fat and sugar, but there are healthy options and very tasty ones as well. You can even make your own granola with your favorite ingredients, and that allows you to control the amount of fat and sugar.
- Hummus. Vegetable sticks and hummus can be a great snack without a lot of calories. You do need to beware of the different kinds of hummus, as some versions can have a higher fat content because of the amount of oil in it.
- Nuts. Nuts are full of flavor and protein. If you stick with raw nuts that haven’t been processed with extra salt or flavorings, they can be very healthy for you. Take your time and chew them slowly, one at a time to savor their flavor.
- Peanut Butter. There are many different types of peanut butter on the grocers’ shelves. The fat in peanut butter is considered ‘good’ fat, but that doesn’t mean you can go crazy and eat an entire jar. Peanut butter can go a long way, because you don’t need much of it to get the flavor. You can try heating it up, to make it easy to spread or dip. Add some dried fruits, like raisins or cranberries to it, and spread or dip with your favorite fruits and veggies.
- Popcorn. Popcorn is a great snack, because you can flavor it so many ways. To keep it nutritious lay off the movie theatre butter and salt. To get your seasonings to stick, try spraying it with a butter flavored cooking spray first, and then check your spice rack for anything that catches your eye: ranch seasonings, parmesan cheese, cayenne pepper, bay seasoning, cocoa powder. You can get real creative with this snack.
- Salsa. Whether you decide to make your own or buy it from the store, it really doesn’t matter, as salsa is one of the healthiest snacks out there. It is fat free and very low in calories. Salsa is not just for chips, it is a great dip alternative to veggie sticks, can be added to eggs for breakfast, or spread on meat for dinner.
- Trail Mix. Again you can make your own or purchase from the store. Be careful if purchasing pre-packaged trail mix, as some brands can be high in fat, sugar and salt. When making your own, choose unsalted nuts and sunflower seeds, low sodium pretzels, whole grain cereals, dried fruit such as raisins, cranberries or dehydrated bananas and apricots. Chocolate can be added for sweetness or left out for a healthier version.
These snacks are full of vitamins and nutrients that are essential for our body’s health, and low in fat and calories so we feel better about eating them. You can pick one, or mix some of them together, to get a great nutritious snack.