Snacking is a habit that everyone seems to have. It’s a habit that people do not want to give up on, but eating healthy snacks can be difficult if you’re just looking for something to satisfy your cravings.
Sometimes, we find it difficult to make good food choices. We often fall into the trap of convenience. But just because we can find something quick and easy, doesn’t mean it’s going to taste good and give you all the nutrients and vitamins your body needs. Sometimes, it can be challenging to eat healthier, especially when there are so many delicious snacks available. However, if you’re serious about making changes, it’s time to choose a healthier snack.
Let’s take a look at my 4 favorite snacks, which are packed with nutrients and vitamins, and are delicious!
Vegetable Chips Instead Of Potato Chips
Who doesn’t like a bag of chips? A bag of chips is something that people eat to satisfy their hunger whether they are hungry or not. But, what if there were a bag of chips that didn’t contain any trans fats and was free of cholesterol? That bag would be a vegetable chip.
Vegetable chips have been a popular trend for years. They are a healthier alternative to fried potato chips and they are a great snack to have on hand at all times.
Vegetable chips have the same crunchy texture and taste but are made from vegetables like zucchini, carrots, and beets. They are also a good source of dietary fiber and have no cholesterol. If you haven’t tried them yet, give them a chance! They are really delicious and are popular even with those who do not eat fresh vegetables.
Dried Fruits Instead Of Gummy Bears
From dates to raisins to apricots, dried fruit is a nutritional boost that is hard to ignore. These fruits also show great taste when added to smoothies, cereal, or baked goods. Dried fruits provide a boost of antioxidants for the body.
Dried fruits are high in numerous nutrients, such as potassium, vitamin C, and manganese. For example, dried apricots have one hundred and fifty percent of the daily recommended amount of vitamin A. Dried apricots are also a good source of copper and manganese. Dried pears, raisins, and prunes have a fairly high manganese content. Dried figs are a good source of vitamin A, while dried currants are packed with iron.
It is necessary to add that dried fruit contains a large amount of sugar, which should be known especially to diabetics. On the other hand, if you love sweets, play sports, or do physically demanding work, dried fruit is your best source of energy. So, the next time you have the urge to buy a bag of gummy candies, try prunes or apricots instead!
Jerky Instead Of Bacon Or Sausage
Jerky is a type of meat that has been cut into strips and then dried or smoked, often flavored with spices like black pepper and garlic. Jerky was originally created as a way to preserve meat without refrigeration so it would last longer. However, nowadays it is one of the most popular snacks. Wondering why? It’s delicious, it satisfies your hunger, it gives you a large dose of protein and one package of jerky is so small that it fits in your pocket.
The health benefits of jerky are varied and depend on the type of meat that is used to make it. Jerky made from leaner cuts, such as turkey breast, will have fewer calories than beef jerky because fat does not dry out as well and there is less salt added during the drying process.
Other health benefits:
- Jerky can be high in protein and low in fat making it an excellent choice for those looking to lose weight
- Jerky can help maintain muscle mass during weight loss
- Jerky contains a lot of iron, which helps improve the body’s ability to transport oxygen throughout the body
Flapjack Instead Of A Candy Bar
Flapjacks are a delicious and healthy food that are usually eaten at breakfast. They were originally eaten by the ancient Celts in Scotland, Ireland and Wales as an early form of porridge. The word flapjack is derived from the Old English word “flæpe-geac” which means “a cake baked on a griddle.”
The benefits of flapjacks include their high level of fiber, which can help you feel fuller for longer periods of time, as well as their high level of protein, which can help to keep you feeling full and energized. Flapjacks also contain some calcium, which is important for bone health and the production of blood cells.
The flapjacks you find on store shelves are not very cheap (depending on the country you are in), so you do better if you make your own flapjack at home.
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour
- 6 tablespoons quick-cooking oats
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In a medium sized bowl, mix together the flour, oats, and salt.
- In a large bowl, cream together the butter and the sugars until they are light and fluffy.
- Add the vanilla and mix in the milk.
- Stir the flour mixture into the butter mixture until well mixed.
- Place a heaping spoonful of the dough on a silicone baking mat and press down to form a thick, round cake.
- Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until golden brown.
Remember that you can add everything you like to flapjack, such as raisins, cranberries, coconut, protein powder, cocoa, almonds, pine nuts, etc.
Healthy snacks are a great way to satisfy a sweet tooth, keep you on the path of a healthy lifestyle, and give you the energy you need to get through your day. Whether you want to give your body something healthier or you just want to try what it’s like to replace ordinary potato chips with vegetable chips, or gummy candies with dried fruits, there is always a way to eat healthier even if you do not want to completely give up what you love.