Having a snack every once in a while does not mean having to indulge in unhealthy food that is actually bad for you. The definition of “snack” is a “small service of food generally eaten between meals” (source: Wikipedia) and it can be anything from a handful of nuts to fruit or leftovers. The purpose of this small meal is to prevent your low blood sugar and to make sure you keep your energy level consistent throughout the day. You can have plenty of tasty snacks that will make you happy and keep your health in good shape while giving you more energy and making you feel more productive throughout the day. Unhealthy snacks like sweets or fatty food will have the opposite effect and those are the types of snacks one should avoid on a daily basis if you want to stay healthy. It’s very easy to fall into bad habits when it comes to snacks and since these, when healthy, fill a very important part of an overall healthy diet, it can be a good idea to check out a “snack diet”. Now you are probably thinking “another diet?!” and yes, there are diets for everything, and everyone, these days. Seniors have their own healthy diet plans, for good reasons, and since being a “gamer” became a lucrative profession there are even “diets for gamblers“ which makes sense if we believe “we are what we eat”. Whatever group you belong to, these snacks will keep you healthy and energetic!
Some of the snacks ideas that you are going to find below are delicious, quick to make, and easy to carry on you at all times, others may require some extra elbow grease. However, whatever you may choose, you will not regret it.
1. Guac and Bell Peppers
Guacamole is a lot of people’s favorite side dishes, party treats or an entire meal when added to other foods. The dip can be quickly assembled with some fresh avocado, chopped onion, cilantro and lime and it can be served together with freshly cut slices of bell peppers, celery sticks, baby carrots or other types of raw veggies.
The fact that avocados contain so many healthy fats that have been proven to promote good blood cholesterol levels and the health of the heart makes this snack idea even greater.
2. Snack on Nuts
Dried fruit and nuts are, by far, some of the healthiest choices in terms of snacks. They are also tasty and they can be carried around without fear of going bad, as they are non-perishable. You should feel up with the healthy fats from the nuts, the protein and the carbs found in the fried and also enjoy the many wonderful health benefits of the fibers in this snack that should keep you away from the fridge for a longer time. Nuts are also loaded with precious antioxidants that will keep diseases away. Walnuts have been proven to fight free radicals to a greater extent compared to fish. Lots of professional poker players snack on pistachios, macadamia nuts, walnuts or cashews as they are not also great for the brain, but they can even promote weight loss, especially when it comes to almonds. Sitting in a chair for 10 hours a day, not getting a lot of workouts in can lead t a few extra pounds, so having a healthy snack that can promote weight loss is a great thing. Almonds have been shown to help individuals lose 2 inches from their waists on average, which is more compared to the results obtained with olive oil.
3. Avocado and Brown Rice Cakes
Brown rice cakes contain around 14 grams of carbs per piece, as well as around four percent of the daily fiber intake that is recommended for healthy adults. All that packed in 60 tasty calories. Add some avocado on top and you will obtain a delicious snack that will not only keep you feeling full for a longer time, but also satisfy your need for something crunchy snack. Sprinkle some spicy chilly flakes and you should get that extra zing. Search for rice cakes that are exclusively made of rice and salt and try to steer clear from preservatives and ingredients you cannot recognize on the labels. Don’t add any unnecessary calories and potentially harmful ingredients to the mix.
4. Roasted Chickpeas
Another snack you can grab on the go is a casserole filled with roasted chickpeas that contain high amounts of fiber and protein, along with plenty of useful minerals and essential vitamins. Just half a cup of chickpeas will provide you with around 10 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber. Amino acids are also essential components in our bodies and chickpeas contain loads of those as well. Their protein is thought to be of higher quality compared to other similar legumes, so they are definitely worth it. In fact, it is said that the more high-quality protein legumes we eat, the fuller we will feel and the more weight we will lose. Once the chickpeas are done roasting, pat them dry and place them in a pan with a drop of olive oil, chili powder, turmeric, garlic, or other seasonings you enjoy and bake them using a lined baking sheet for around half an hour.
With these 4 easy snacks, you will get a great start to a healthier lifestyle!