Snacks are an important part of a healthy diet because they can boost metabolism, prevent weight gain, and provide the energy you need to stay strong all day long. Choose the wrong types of snacks, however, and you may find yourself skipping the gym for the couch. In today’s fast-paced world, it can be tempting to choose pre-packaged goodies that are loaded with sugars and artificial ingredients that will cause you to crash and burn. That’s why it’s important to plan ahead and always have nutritious choices on hand. We recommend preparing snacks ahead of time to store in the fridge and pantry. So, the next time that mid-afternoon fatigue hits, reach out for healthy snacks you already have stored and ready-to-go. This will help you stay on target with your healthy eating plan and weight loss goals.
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Here is a list of the best health snacks to have on hand:
1. Hard-Boiled Eggs
Hard-boiled eggs are healthy and easy to prepare. Eggs are also filling and contain only 80 calories each.
2. Low Fat Cottage Cheese
Cottage cheese is full of protein and calcium. A half cup of low fat cottage cheese totals 100 calories. The protein in cottage cheese is valuable for muscle enhancement.
Apples are a good source of fiber and anti-oxidants that help the immune system. One medium size apple has 4 g of fiber and 95 calories.
5. Organic Popcorn
Air-popped organic popcorn contains polyphenols, a chemical that rids the body of toxins that damage blood cells. One serving is usually 2-3 cups.
Almonds are protein-rich. Almonds are a good source of magnesium and vitamin E, an important anti-oxidant. Keep a serving size to 1 ounce.
Yogurt is low in fat and high in calcium. Yogurt helps remove bad bacteria from the digestive tract.
8. Natural Peanut Butter On Celery
Natural peanut butter loaded with protein. Spread it on celery for a healthy snack.
Grapes are very low in calories. Thirty grapes totals only 100 calories. The nutrients in grapes help cleanse the liver and prevent cell damage.
The avocado has a variety of nutrients for energy, mood enhancement and appetite surpression. According to the USDA’s nutritional database, one medium avocado has 240 calories.
One pear contains 6 g of fiber and an array of vitamins and minerals. Snacking on pears helps prevent colon cancer and sickness.
12. Cherry Tomatoes
Cherry tomatoes are chock-full of vitamins. Eating tomatoes lowers your risk for cancer and cardiovascular disease.
13. Baked Sweet Potato
Sweet potatoes are high in fiber and vitamin B6, a vitamn that helps prevent hardening of the arteries and blood vessels. The beta-carotene in sweet potatoes also promotes healthy skin.
Celery is high in vitamin C. The potassium, pthalides and magnesium in celery helps regulate and lower blood pressure.
Slice a cantaloupe in advance and refrigerate it for a healthy snack at work. Cantaloupe is another high vitamin C food.
16. Baby Carrots
Carrots are low in calories and include a large amount of vitamin A, which can improve eyesight in the dark.
17. Tuna in Water
Tuna is low in calories and one can of tuna in water has 10 g of protein. Add tuna to your salad, or eat it on whole grain bread.
The beta-gluten in oatmeal benefits the immune system and eating oatmeal daily lowers cholesterol. The anti-oxidants in oatmeal protect the heart.
One cup of strawberries makes a nice little snack and it’s only 43 calories. Strawberries are also high in fiber and vitamin C.
20. Mary’s Gone Crackers
These gluten free crackers are made with organic brown rice and quinoa. You can crunch 13 crackers in each serving! Triscuits are one of the healthier crackers to snack on. Triscuits are made from whole wheat and 120 calories per serving. Spread natural peanut butter on top for extra flavor.
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