Best news ever: Snack time is okay as long as you snack smart. Give yourself a healthy treat with these nutrient-rich foods.
Feeling the urge to grab a snack in between meals? We say, go for it. Snacking may in fact do you more good than harm — as long as you do it right.
The key is to snack on foods that contain more nutrients than calories. Not only can these nutritious foods fill your body with nourishment, snacking on them can also help you stay energized throughout the day. Go on, give in to that urge, and eat guilt-free with these 10 healthy snacks.
Cucumbers topped with olives and hummus
High in fiber and low in fat, one serving of this Mediterranean snack approximately consists of one cup of cucumber slices, four olives and four tablespoons of hummus.
Greek yogurt with berries
Created by filtering out the liquid whey, Greek yogurt boasts a thicker texture and contains more protein than your regular yogurt. This high calcium, probiotic snack is perfect for digestion and serves as a great post-workout treat. Top it off with berries for a boost of antioxidants.
Now this is one bag of chips you can totally reach out for — one cup of chopped kale is a mere 34 calories! To create this crunchy vitamin-bursting, low-calorie snack, all you need is a cup of chopped kale and a little olive oil. Pop them into the oven to bake until they turn crispy.
Banana with peanut butter
Great as a pre-workout snack, bananas dipped in peanut butter give your body much-needed lean protein and fiber for an energy boost. Peanut butter also fills your stomach, so you don’t get caught with a growling belly halfway through your workout sesh.
Who started their morning off with a SkinnyMint Morning Boost Tea? Good for you. Now go grab another cup of this refreshing, hydrating goodness. Not only is it tasty with a sweet fruity flavour, it is also formulated to perk you up throughout the day and keep your hunger pangs at bay. It can even replace your regular coffee cravings.
This naturally gluten-free super-food replenishes your body with protein, iron and calcium. It also contains low calories and zero cholesterol, making it the ideal mid-day snack that will not only sustain you before your next meal, but also pamper your body with nourishment. FYI, one cup of edamame gives you more than your full quota of daily folate needs. Sprinkle lightly with salt or add a spritz of lemon for extra flavour.
Oatmeal and blueberries
This classic breakfast choice deserves more screen time. A tummy-satisfying snack supercharged with soluble fiber, don’t just save it for the mornings — indulge in some plain ol’ oat flakes (not to be mistaken with flavoured oatmeals) and blueberries as a treat any time of the day. If you find oatmeal a little on the bland side, we love adding antioxidant-rich blueberries for a flavor and visual punch.
Cherry tomatoes with cottage cheese
A one-cup serving of cottage cheese contains 104 calories for an impressive 15 grams of protein. Use it as a spread for cherry tomatoes for an overall healthy snack that will keep you energized for hours. This bite-sized treat also makes a great healthy party snack.
Go nuts on almonds. An easy, grab-and-go tummy-filler, just a handful of almonds provides one-eighth of our much-needed daily protein. In addition, this heart-healthy, nutritious power-snack fuels your body with vitamins, minerals and fiber to help satisfy those pesky cravings.
Avocado lime popsicles
Avocado lime popsicles are the perfect healthy frozen treat for summer. This nutrient-rich superstar contains potassium, folate, fiber, Vitamins C, E and K, and a high level of healthy fats that your body needs. Mix it into your popsicle recipe and you’ll get a creamy and yummy guilt-free indulgence that will satisfy your sweet tooth and keep your summer cool and refreshing.
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Health & Wellness June 5, 2015