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.
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.
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.
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.