Snacking is one of the best ways to keep your metabolism up while settling hunger pains between meals. However, some popular snacks branded as “healthy” contain additives like refined sugars, artificial colors, syrups, and processed ingredients. Deeming some snacks as “healthy” are the clickbait version of snacks.
You end up tossing them in the cart due to their branding, but when you get home and read the ingredient label, you’ll realize you’ve been fooled. Recently, a healthy eating online forum banded together to discuss some of the best inexpensive and (truly) healthy snacks to satisfy appetites without all the additives.
1. Frozen Fruit
Fruit contains natural sugar that regulates metabolism and supplies the body with energy. One healthy eating fan said they freeze a mix of grapes, pineapple, and bananas every week. They snack on them alone or mixed into Greek yogurt.
Frozen grapes are a popular hit among others. I can personally agree that something about a frozen grape is so much more enjoyable than a regular grape. If you’re a big tropical fruit fan, try frozen mango.
2. Carrots and Celery
Part of the most satisfying act of snacking is the crunching sensation. Try switching out crackers or chips for crunchy carrots or celery. If you’re a mindless snacker, chewing on carrots and celery will introduce fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants into your body. Try this rather than consuming a bag of chips or crackers with virtually no health content.
3. Apples With Nut Butter
On their own, apples have the ability to increase the quality of life by lowering cholesterol, cancer risks, and heart disease. Add a slab of nut butter (peanut, sunflower, or almond), and you’ll have a healthy protein treat. Natural nut butter supplies the body with fiber, magnesium, and monosaturated fats to reduce cholesterol.
Are you a fan of cinnamon? Then sprinkle some with a little drizzle of honey atop the apple.
4. Seeded Sunflower Seeds
Besides crunchability, snacking comes into play during boredom. People snack during movies, Netflix marathons, while working on the computer, and while driving. No matter the activity, snacking is a way to mitigate boredom or emotionally eat.
To curb mindless snacking, one user suggested eating seeded sunflower seeds. We all love to grab a handful of chips and toss them in our mouths mindlessly, but with seeded sunflower seeds, you work twice as hard to uncover the food.
Take note of the kind of sunflower seeds you purchase because some brands add unneeded sodium or flavors.
5. Greek Yogurt
Greek yogurt provides a wide array of health benefits. One serving of Greek yogurt helps build muscle, reduce the risk of diabetes, stabilize metabolism, improve mood, and improve physical health.
Stick to low-fat Greek yogurt and add a handful of berries or a sprinkle of honey for a delightful snack.
This article was produced and syndicated by Wealth of Geeks.