It’s tempting to reach for a bag of crispy potato chips or grab a chocolate-filled doughnut when it’s snack time. Well, with so many irresistible yet mouth-watering snack foods out there, it is only natural to give in to your snack cravings.
So, if it’s only irresistible, is it okay to indulge in mindless snacking?
The point of snacking is to not just keep your stomach full until your next meal but to regulate blood sugar and fuel your body while preventing excess hunger. That said, your snacking choices certainly affect your energy levels and overall health.
Unfortunately, most people reach for candies, cookies, muffins, crackers, pretzels and other tempting yet unhealthy options when it comes to snacking.
To help you enjoy the benefits of nutritionally balanced snacks, we have pulled together a few healthy snacking choices which can replace your regular unhealthy snacks.
- Swap candies and chocolates for health bars
A standard-size candy bar contains 230-280 calories, 15gm of fat and about 7 teaspoons of sugar. A standard health bar on the other hand contains 150-180 calories along with essential nutrients like protein, carb, minerals and vitamins. Clearly, low-GI low-fat heath bars serve as an excellent replacement to candy bars and chocolates filled with sugar and fillers.
What’s more, health bars are available in a variety of flavours to help satisfy your craving with Chia snack bars, quinoa bars, nut bars and muesli bars being some of the most common and healthier choices you can go for.
- Swap a cappuccino for a protein smoothie
A cup of coffee has its own benefits. However, the milk, flavorings and added sugar in your regular cup of coffee can ruin the results of your weight loss regimen.
While a standard medium-size full-cream milk cappuccino contains approximately 140 calories, a smoothie (made with veggies and fruits) loads up on protein and healthy fats that help to keep you full and energised for a long time.
- Sweetened yoghurt for chia pudding
Flavoured or diet yoghurts are a great snack in terms of taste and may even seem like a healthy snack option. However, these delicious snack treats are high in sugar content which can interfere with your weight loss goals.
For a quick snack fix, replace your regular diet yoghurt with chia pudding. Not only are chia seeds a rich source of protein, fibre and omega 3 fatty acids but when mixed with milk and fruit, they can turn into a nutritious filling and guilt-free snack.
Likewise, you can swap other daily snacks that are high in unhealthy ingredients such as ice cream, crackers and pizza for frozen fruits, veggies, kale chips, popcorn and more.
There are endless options to turn your mindless snacking into a healthy practice. Rather than just satisfying your taste buds with tempting unhealthy options, opt for snack options that not only soothe your cravings but offer nutritional benefits for your body to maintain its energy levels.