The Best Healthy Snacks

Rich Donahue
Rich Donahue is a Natural Health Enthusiast and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Natural Health from the Sandy Hill Institute For Natural Sciences. Mr. Donahue is also a Reiki Master/Teacher and Certified Healers Touch Practitioner. His website, PRIMEJuicers.com, is a dedicated to people who enjoy juicing and want to improve their health and lose weight by juicing fresh fruits and vegetables. He also writes about nutrition and natural health.
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vegetable snacks

Who doesn’t like a snack? Just about everyone I know gets hungry during the day at some point. But, if we eat too much of the wrong thing we can gain weight.

A healthy body weight is very important to your overall health. Eating healthy doesn’t just mean eating healthy meals, but also includes healthy snacks.

Eating healthier can lead to lowering the risk of illnesses like obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

How about kids snacks? If you have children it’s important to get them off to a good start. Offer them healthy snacks instead of junk food. They will thank you later. Coke, Pepsi, Mountain Dew and other soda drinks are very bad, especially for children. They are loaded with sugar and can lead to obesity in children.

Healthy Snacks

Here are some of the best healthy snacks:

  • Eat more raw vegetables. Cut up vegetables and serve with low-fat dressing or hummus. Carrots and celery are great snacks for kids.
  • Mini Pizzas. Make a mini pizza out of a whole grain English muffin. Top with extra virgin olive oil, sliced tomato, low-fat cheese and fresh vegetables.
  • Eat more raw fruit. Apples and oranges include healthy fiber and are full of nutrients. More great kids snacks.
  • Homemade trail mix. One of my favorites, GORP (Good old raisins and peanuts). There are many healthy recipes on the web. Here are 21 snack recipes.
  • Smoothies. Another snack favorite of mine and again there area many good recipes on the internet. One of my favorite sites is Incredible Smoothies.
  • Try whole-grain snacks like air popped popcorn or oat cereal.
  • Low-fat yogurt. I love plain Greek Yogurt.
  • Nuts. My favorite, almonds. Almonds have been shown to lower LDL-Cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. Choose raw almonds though, not smoked of salted ones.

Bottom line: The best healthy snacks are all natural.


 

Snacking Tips

So what else can you do to snack healthy? Avoid processed foods! Look at your portion size and avoid oversized portions of food. Enjoy what you have, but consume less of it. Eat until you are satisfied, not full! Keep in mind that calories do count. Many of our old favorite snack foods are high in calories and low in nutritional content. That’s not good.


 

juice snackWhat About Juicing?

Having fresh juice for a snack is a great idea. I have fresh fruit or vegetable juice daily and it’s a healthy choice. I have found when I have a glass of fresh fruit or vegetable juice I don’t crave unhealthy foods. I like adding sparkling water to my fruit juice. It tastes great and is so much healthier than canned soda or fruit juice from the grocery store. So if you haven’t tried juice for a snack you may be missing out. It’s simple and easy to do. My website, PRIME Juicers, has lots of simple healthy recipes for you to try.

 

 

Comments


  1. Twitter:
    One or two slices of bread with equal amount of vegetable is good snacks too. Good and informative article.
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  2. Smoothies are a very good drink for health. I think eating more green vegetables will help to significantly improve health, cut blood fat, help us to have a good body and more standardized. Thank you for a great article!


  3. Twitter:
    I love always healthy foods, especially snacks as i eat it lot.
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  4. Hi Rich,

    Thanks for this superb article. I loved it. Previously on ComLuv blog, I saw a post encouraging not to eat processed foods. Though I followed it, I was looking for healthy (especially tasty foods).

    I hope I just got the epic list of it.

    Thanks,
    Sayantan
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  5. Lynnea David says:

    Its very dificult for me to stop my hands from going to crackers and chips while watching movie.

  6. Richard Benson says:

    juices are good for health. Eating more green vegetables and fruits will help to significantly improve health, cut blood fat, help us to have a good body.
    Nice Post !1

  7. Noor Basheer says:

    It’s always good to have a lots of fruits and vegetable in our diet. I always try to eat green vegetables. These days I’m trying to avoid Caffeine drinks like Coca Cola, Pepsi etc.


  8. Twitter:
    Hey Rich,
    Nice post and Yes, healthy food is really very important and these tips really help us in keep in size. Juice and green vegetables are really very important. Thanks for sharing this with us.
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  9. Twitter:
    Hi Rich, the big problem here is the fact that people are getting fatter and further sedentary. I think maximum people don’t look at themselves and they are uninformed about the bad outcomes of processed food or non-organic foods. However it’s very hard to avoid processed food in these days unfortunately. As processed food makers are continuously promoting their food items in a way to attract more people to buy.
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  10. the snacks you mentioned above there are really gud for gud heath will try to keep the name of these snacks in mind really enjoye dthe read thnx for sharing such a nice article
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  11. Twitter:
    Thanks for the food tips. I think it is important to eat healthy snacks every few hours so you don’t overeat. I eat most of these snacks but I have not tried air popped popcorn. I will try carrots and hummus because I do need more vegetables in my diet. Thanks for the motivation.
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  12. Twitter:
    I love low fat yogurts. I have recently started keeping track of the calorie intake. As you mentioned, one must eat until they are satisfied and not till they re full.
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  13. Twitter:
    Hi Arun,
    Thank you for commenting. Best wishes and best health to you and yours!
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  14. I love the idea behind the smoothie. My 4 daughters and I have one every morning with a little whey protein powder. Typically we add spinach, blueberries, strawberries, whey and skim milk. The kids normally won’t eat spinach but have no problem when it is blended in the smoothie. In order to save money, we buy frozen fruit which is convenient because we then don’t have to add ice!


  15. Twitter:
    Food diets can often get too stringent. But this is an amazing way to stay fit and lead a healthy lifestyle! Plus that mini pizza snack sounds just way too yumm to resist :) . Thanks for the great share!
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  16. It’s always good to have a lots of fruits and vegetable in our diet. I always try to eat green vegetables. These days I’m trying to avoid Caffeine drinks like Coca Cola, Pepsi etc. Green vegetables are awesome….
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  17. Twitter:
    Well, In my thinking Juice is the best thing when you want to lose weight from your body as it gives you full energy. SO, you can workout, but avoid giving any fat.
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