25 Whole Food Snacks

Healthy Snacking

Let’s face it, people love to snack. Whether it’s in an effort to eat more throughout the day so that they don’t overindulge at, because they are the word while they are in the car, or eating socially during some form of entertainment such as a movie or sporting events or simply because they enjoy snack food, snacking makes up a huge portion of the daily caloric intake of many people. While it has gained a bad reputation among many diving experts, snacking does not have to be villainous for those wanting to lose weight and get healthy. In fact, if you focus your snacking on hold foods, as you should be focusing as much is your diet as possible, snacking throughout the day can actually offer you major benefits.

Snacking on whole foods not only gives your body the nutrition that it needs, but also helps to sustain you so that you are eating huge meals only a few times a day. Here are 25 healthy whole foods that make delicious and satisfying snacks:

These snacks can be purchased in a whole foods or specialty store, or you can invest in a home dehydrator and make your own-

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  • Unsweetened raisins
  • Dried apple rings
  • Unsweetened dried pineapple and mango
  • Banana chips
  • Dehydrated fruit leather
  • Dehydrated green beans

Healthy Chip Recipes

Some foods have gotten a particularly bad reputation, but if you choose the options that are unsalted and not prepared with oil, a serving of one ounce of nuts offers great heart and other health benefits-

  • Raw cashews, almonds and walnuts
  • Dry roasted peanuts
  • Dry roasted sunflower seeds
  • Dry roasted macadamia nuts

A Variety of Delicious Nuts

Fresh fruits and vegetables are always fantastic choices for a healthy diet, but some are better for snacking than others-

  • Carrot sticks
  • Apples; as an added benefit, try a wide variety of the over 100 types of apples that are available so you can choose your favorites
  • Bananas
  • Cucumber sticks
  • Multicolored bell peppers (try these in this awesome hummus)
  • Celery

Some of the best whole food snacks require a little bit of preparation, but are delicious and filling whether you are eating them on the run or while enjoying your favorite TV shows-

  • “Ants on a log”; this classic kindergarten snack featuring natural peanut butter and raisins on celery is perfect even for grown-ups
  • Air popped popcorn—a whole cup is a serving so you can enjoy this snack and feel satisfied for longer!
  • Asparagus spears lightly sautéed with olive oil and minced garlic“
  • Homemade hummus, click here for a dekicius Sweet Potato Hummus
  • Smoothies made with frozen fruit, fresh juice and tofu
  • Popsicles made of pureed watermelon and mint

 

 

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