Snacking can make or break a healthy diet. Eating three balanced meals is great, but can be easily overshadowed by choosing the wrong snack options. Think– the free doughnuts in the office breakroom. Luckily, better options are available–ones that are more nutritious and filling than processed refreshments. Here are my go-to snacks to ensure a healthy 2020!
Dark Chocolate Covered Fruit
If it’s snack time and you’re craving something decadent and sweet, try a piece of 85% dark chocolate. It’s been known to reduce cravings for richer sweets and the stearic acid in the chocolate slows digestion which increases the feelings of fullness. What’s more, is you’ll feel fancy eating Marich’s Dark Chocolate Blueberries and Balsamic Strawberries 😋.
Considered by some to be the ‘best snack ever,’ frozen grapes are a great mid-morning or afternoon pick-me-up. Frozen grapes will also keep you away from processed sweets because they taste so good.
What are Hippeas? Well, they are organic chickpea puffs. Packed full of plant power, Hippeas are more than your average snack. Each bag contains about 4 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber. Not to mention, they are organic, vegan, and gluten-free. Vegan White Cheddar is my favorite flavor.
KIND Mini Bars
Ingredients that you can pronounce? KIND bars are a winner in my book and these minis are the perfect snack. They taste great and are made from nutritionally-dense ingredients such as whole nuts, fruits, and whole grains. No secret or artificial ingredients, preservatives or sweeteners will be found.
Pineapple with Cinnamon
Pineapples are by far my favorite fruit. It tastes amazing and is high in Vitamin C and Fiber. Pineapples also help prevent asthma, cancer, and heart disease while reducing inflammation and aiding in digestion. A win for your taste buds and health.
Try one cup of Pineapples with a dash of cinnamon after dinner to satisfy your sweet tooth. Trust me, it’s truly a teat.
What do you get when you combine your favorite dried fruits, nuts, and more? Trail mix! Whether spruced up with chocolates or traditional with raisins, trail mix is always a filling treat. It’s lightweight, packed with energy-dense ingredients and perfect any time of day.
Need trail mix suggestions? Heinen’s has several options so you will surely be satisfied.
Cilantro Dip with Veggies
Good Foods’ offers a variety of light and creamy plantbased dips including a Cilantro Dip. Unlike most store-bought dips, it’s free of preservatives, added sugars, gluten, and dairy. The Cilantro Dip is my favorite, but Heinen’s also offers Avocado Pesto, Buffalo, Queso, and Tzatziki Style dips. Just add some carrots and zucchini straws and you’re all set!
What are your favorite healthy snacks?
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