5 Healthy Snacks That Won’t Leave You Feeling Deprived!
We all know that snacks are an important part of maintaining a healthy weight. Three meals a day with two snacks keeps blood sugar levels on an even keel and keeps you from ever being in a desperately hungry state. According to the inventor of KeriBars, nutritionist Keri Glassman, that is when we tend to make bad food choices. Snacks can be healthy and satisfying, too. Let’s look at five healthy snacks that will wow your taste buds and help keep you healthy and satisfied.
Healthy Snack #1: Granny Smith Apples with Natural Peanut Butter
Apples are crunchy, juicy, and provide fiber and many nutrients. They are also low on the Glycemic Index for fruit so they don’t trigger your body to produce a lot of insulin. Peanut butter is full of protein for energy. Get the natural version; you can find it sweetened with honey – it’s delicious.
Healthy Snack #2: The Laughing Cow Light Spreadable Cheese with Celery Sticks
This cheese has a creamy texture and tastes like a full fat indulgence. You won't feel like you're missing out on something better when you munch on this snack. Celery sticks provide vitamins and minerals and are a good source of nutritious fiber.
Healthy Snack #3: Strawberries Dipped in Dark Chocolate
Strawberries are full of vitamin C and numerous phytonutrients. Dark chocolate contains antioxidants that fight off free radicals, and it can also help lower high blood pressure. This is another snack you can enjoy and still feel like you are really treating yourself!
Healthy Snack #4: Nuts
Nuts are full of protein and healthy fats. Almonds and pistachios (15 almonds and 30 pistachios) make a great, filling snack and their flavor is earthy and satisfying. Studies show almonds can help lower elevated LDL cholesterol levels, too.
Healthy Snack #5: KeriBars
With no trans fat and just beaming with Omega 3’s, fiber and protein, KeriBars make a great snack that you can keep in your desk at work or in your handbag for a great snack on the go. KeriBars are available in 3 mouth-watering flavors: Cherry Almond, Strawberry Chocolate Chip, and Apple Peanut Butter. These great tasting treats fill your mouth and stomach with nutrition that tastes terrific!
Snacks can be full of flavor and still be good for you at the same time. Try these snacks and get hooked on healthy, satisfying snacking. It will quickly become a way of life when you see that always having a healthy snack handy will keep you from eating that doughnut or chocolate chip cookie that you really don’t want! Be like a Boy Scout (always prepared) and you will be surprised at how easy it is to pass up candy bars, chips and other junk foods that can sabotage your weight and good health. Remember that snacks are your friend, not your enemy. Buddy up to a healthy snack and make a friend for life!
Article Written By: Laura Miller; Laura is a beauty and health/wellness/fitness writer living in Atlanta, Ga. Her many years in the salon and spa business served as a springboard for her next career move as a full-time writer. She now writes articles for DivaVillage.com and their sister-site VillageMAMA.com.