5 Types of Healthy Snacks for a Busy Lifestyle

 
Snacking sometimes is seen as an unhealthy habit because people often think of a mound of chips, dips, cookies, and ice cream washed down with a large soda.  However, snacking should be a healthy and enjoyable part of everyday.  A healthy snack can be as simple as raw fruits or vegetables or a granola bar.  Here are some tasty snacks you can add to your day!

Fresh Fruit
  • Fresh fruit is a great snack because it can easily be brought with you in the morning when you leave for work.  Good choices that transport well would be apples, bananas, and oranges.
  • Don't be afraid to get creative as well.  Try cutting up cantaloupe, watermelon, strawberries, kiwi, mangos and more! Make fruit kabobs with your cut up fruit!
Raw Vegetables
  • Raw vegetables are another great option.  Celery and baby carrots are good on-the-run and go great with hummus.  Another idea is making "Ants-on-a-log" with celery, peanut butter (or another type of nut butter) and raisins on top!
  • A small salad tossed with your favorite low-fat dressing can be a very satisfying way to increase your vegetable intake.
Low-Fat Dairy
  • A low-fat yogurt is a great way to get some calcium and protein while you snack. Freeze yogurt for a healthy twist.   Just be sure to check the sugar content on the nutrition facts label when you buy because some products contain a lot.
  • Reduced-fat string cheese is a great grab-and-go item!  It is super easy to pack with you and is low in calories, but has the protein to help satisfy a food craving.
Nuts
  • Nuts are a great source of healthy fats and a good source of protein.  Choose nuts or trail mixes that are no salt added for the healthiest choice.  A portion of nuts can help curb hunger. A serving of nuts is a small handful which will help with portion control. Some good examples of healthy nut options are almonds, walnuts, and cashews.
Bars
  • Granola bars and fruit and nut bars can be healthful snacks that the whole family will enjoy.  Just be sure to check the label to make sure the first ingredient is 100% whole grain or a fruit.
What is your favorite healthy snack to eat at home?
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