A Simple Guide to Healthy Snacking

Snacking is a tricky subject as it can seem hard to pick up a quick bite on the go with all the processed crap available today. Shelves are stuffed with High Fructose Corn Syrupfilled candy bars and Carb loaded potato chips which are expanding the worlds waistline, so what are we to do?

Our Options?

Trail Mix 

This is one of my favorite’s as its simple, easy to find and pretty cheap. Most health stores and cafe’s sell pre-packed trailmixes which include things like; Almonds, Walnuts, Dried Fruit and Seeds. These are all super healthy and packed with Vitaminsand Minerals.

Beware of the potential pitfalls though; Many of the more commercial trail mixes tend to shoot towards higher sugar content putting sugar covered dried fruit in the mix. Stick to trail mixes which have raisins and dried apricots/figs inside as these are usually unprocessed unlike dried pineapple and cranberries…..

Alternativly you can make your own trail mixes a good reciepe is equal measures of:

  • Almonds
  • Walnuts
  • Selection of Seeds
  • Dark Chocolate pieces or Cocoa
  • Raisins

Its works out cheaper to make your own and you can customize the mix to your preference….

Fruit

Quite simply one of the best snacks around. When I am traveling I always keep a few pieces of fresh fruit on hand nothing beats a juicy apple. Try to buy what is in season and local and eat it while its fresh. This is a great link to see what’s in season when………..

Snack Bars

Good healthy snack bars are pretty hard to find, but it is possible and there are many good one’s on the market especially in places like Whole Foods. Make sure you keep an eye out for:

  • Bars that are low in Sugar and Carbs but High in Fiber
  • Have a relatively high amount of protein
  • No artificial sweeteners
  • Most the carbs come from Fruits and Nuts rather than Oats or Grains
  • No High Fructose Corn Syrup or Refined Sugar

Some good one’s to keep an eye out for are Lara Bars and Pulsin Balls.

Vegetables with Dips

If you buy things like cucumbers, peppers, celery and carrots they can easily be sliced up into scoop like shapes and used to dip into things like Salsa and Yoghurt based dips, even dipping them in peanut butter is great! These provide a great high fiber snack which is extremely satisfying while staying healthy.

Great Recipe for a Healthy Dip

Salsa Recipe

Nuts

Plain old nuts are a great snack a good handful with some fruit makes for a tasty and satisfying snack. Some of my favorites are:

  • Macadamia
  • Brazil Nuts (3 covers your RDA for selenium)
  • Almonds
  • Walnuts
  • Pecans

Always try to go for the RAW variety as they haven’t been roasted and they have all their goodness within. If you want your nuts to be more easily digestible and have more nutrients available to your body try soaking them overnight they roasting them in an oven yourself, or leaving them to dry out in the sun….

Drinks

My favorite thing to drink while snacking is a green tea or coffee. These can all be picked up at any cafe and are both great with things like trail mix and fruit. Stay well away from any “soft drinks” which include coca-cola, sprite, and fruit juices amongst others. And if in doubt just drink some fresh cold water….

Good Snacking

Is something we rarely see people do but when you know how to snack it is surprisingly easy. It just takes some informed thinking and will power. The benefits are worth it though; you will stay in shape, have steady energy and your body will feel light and refreshed throughout the day.

Anyone who has any snacking tips please share the knowledge!!

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