How to Make Snacking Healthy

Snacking makes life a whole lot easier. After all, who doesn’t want to eat on the go? It’s only fitting that most snacks tend to lie on the unhealthy side, whether that be in the form of chips, crackers, candy, or gummies. Here are some things that you can munch on that are a lot better!

Eat Nuts and Seeds

Nuts and seeds are small, tasty, easily portable, and they pack a punch of nutrients – especially protein. There is also a large variety from which you can pick your favorites. You can choose from macadamia nuts to peanuts to pistachios to cashews. One thing to be cautious about is how the chosen nuts are prepared; many brands coat their products in salt, sugar, chocolate, or a glaze in order to make them more palatable. Some seasonings (such as the sodium-packed delicious saltiness of most pistachios) are unhealthy, whereas others are fine. Do the research necessary so you can weigh the pros and cons of eating your favorite brand of nuts.

Snack on Vegetables

Fresh produce really does work wonders for the human body. While it might take slightly more prep time, fresh, crispy vegetables are a tasty and refreshing snack option. Celery is a popular option – being easily stackable, you can bring it along in a small Tupperware with a little bit of ranch or peanut butter for flavor. Carrots, broccoli, cucumbers, pickles, and the like are other great options. They can be eaten plain, or with a side dip. If the side isn’t healthy, it’s not the end of the world – as long as you eat it in moderation. And that’s not all vegetables can do! Crunchy vegetables are great for your teeth and can act as a natural toothbrush.

Get Rid of the Processed Stuff

Even the items that are marketed as ‘healthy’ in your average grocery store tend to be processed and filled with preservatives, even if they are based on a healthy fruit or vegetable. On the other hand, organic products from high-end grocery stores are markedly more expensive. While it will take more effort on your part, you can do your best to assemble at home what you might normally buy! This shouldn’t matter with produce – store-bought fruits and vegetables are usually fine – but try to make your own smoothies and trail mixes. You can get nuts without the added, unhealthy flavoring, and mix it yourself!

Snacking should be a guilt-free activity. You should also be snacking as a means to keep up your energy and feel refreshed, not just to fill your belly. If you purchase fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, and you try your best to avoid the overly processed options, your snacking will be far better than what it was.

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