Snacking. What’s the first thought that comes to your mind? Unhealthy, binge eating, weight gain, too much oil, must avoid? You’re right only if you’re doing it wrong.
Whether we admit it or not, most of us have this as one of our life goals…
We are different people with different likes. Reasons for the urge to snack can be many. Some of which are…
Emotional instability…You know, to feel better.
Peer pressure…Think parties, movie nights, and other circumstances.
An inexplicable desire for a certain texture (creamy, crunchy), or just hypersensitized taste buds (salty, sweet, tangy).
Don’t frown. There’s good news. You can justifiably, guiltlessly indulge in your cravings by looking at healthier, equally delicious substitutes.
So, what’s the two-step plan of action?
Identify an unhealthy snack. Replace it with a healthy one — flavor- and texture-wise.
Once you know exactly what you feel like eating, think of ingredients and dishes that feel or taste similar but are much healthier. The following 5 healthy snacks will give you a head start in the right direction.
1. Baked Kale Chips
As unfamiliar as kale may sound to you, it is just another member of the cabbage family. Being low in calories and rich in nutrients, it is the perfect substitute for the infamous potato chips. Munch away and get full while going slow on the calories. Perfect for weight loss! Added perks are better eyesight, a healthier heart, and protection from cancer.
2. Watermelon With Feta
Quench your thirst and refresh yourselves with this easy-to-make, not-much-patience-needed snack. Again low in calories, the logic is pretty much the same as stated. Fuller faster and less fat. This can be an effective diversion from unhealthy, fattening sodas.
3. Beet Salad
Salads, in general, make excellent snacks. You can pick ingredients that you crave in the moment (mood swings are so common these days), throw them together, and chomp away. Beet salads can be your go-to crunchy food. They help flush water from your body, minimizing water retention. Less bloat, more weight loss.
4. Spicy Roasted Nuts
This well-known dieters’ favorite doesn’t need to be confined within the dieter’s niche. While away time while sharpening your brain by munching on these tasty, crunchy nutrient powerhouses.
5. Berry, Honey and Yogurt Popsicle
For many, plain yogurt can be quite repelling. It is just one of those acquired tastes. But then again, yogurt is such a beneficial probiotic. It works up your intestinal bacteria and optimizes digestion (and, hence, weight loss) and so is best not avoided. Much like an ice-cream, cool yourself off with these innovative popsicles.
Remember, the urge to snack is spontaneous. It is lazy, lacks patience, and must be satiated immediately. Stay one step ahead by half prepping in advance and refrigerating. Use your weekends productively by completing your grocery shopping, chopping fruits and vegetables you think you can snack on through the week, and refrigerating them in an orderly manner.
Snack, but snack right.