27 Jul Healthy Snacks To Curb Your Salty, Sweet and Crunchy Cravings
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When the craving for a crunchy, salty, or sweet snack strikes, many people grab a bag of chips or a candy bar. They happen to be cheap and easy options, readily available at any vending machine or gas station. However, choosing a snack-laden with fat, sodium, or high fructose corn syrup adds inches to your waistline and saps your energy.
I’m a big-time snacker since I graze all day long between meals, but I find that the trick to maintaining a healthy weight and feeling good is to snack on nutrient-dense foods that have a little dose of protein.
Here are three snack ideas that I eat almost every day. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
- An Adult PB&J – Who doesn’t love PB&J? It’s a childhood favorite of mine that I still eat a few times a week. However, I’ve made some upgrades since I’ve become a health-conscious adult. Instead of using peanut butter and jelly on white bread, I use Wasa crackers (they’re low calorie and have a couple grams of protein and fiber in each one) and I use Sun Butter (sunflower seed butter) instead of peanut butter since I developed an allergy to nuts a few years ago. While I couldn’t bring myself to give up my favorite Bonne Maman strawberry preserves, I only use a thin layer of the sweet treat to keep the calories and sugar low. And, as an added protein boost, I add a sprinkle of hemp seeds on top.
Wasa Cracker with Sun Butter, Jelly and Hemp Seeds
Wasa Crackers (2 crackers)
Sun Butter Sunflower Seed Butter (1 TBL)
Bonne Maman Strawberry Preserves (1 TBL)
Navitas Naturals Hempseeds (2 tsp)
- Nut-Free Trail Mix – I’m allergic to nuts so when it comes to snacking on trail mix, it’s tough to find a pre-made option that won’t make me have an allergy attack. Dry roasted legumes and seeds to the rescue! I make my own crunchy, salty snack and add dried goji berries to sweeten it up. It curbs my cravings and keeps me feeling full. 🙂
Dried Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans) with Dried Edamame, Raw Pumpkin Seeds, and Dried Goji Berries
Good Bean Dried Chickpeas (28g or 1 oz or 2 TBL)
Seapoint Farms Dried Edamame (2 TBL)
Dried Goji Berries (1 TBL)
- Muscle Building Hummus – While most health-conscious people already snack on hummus instead of high-fat dips, I like to give my hummus a little boost of protein and fiber. When I don’t feel like dipping carrots, celery or cucumbers, I use Wasa crackers (again, as stated above, they’re low cal, nonfat and have a small dose of protein and fiber in each crunchy sheet). I also like to add quinoa and hemp seeds to the dip, which adds a little protein and fiber to this super filling snack.
Chickpeas/Garbanzo Beans with Majestic Garlic Cayenne Garlic (garlic, safflower oil, cayenne pepper, apple cider vinegar, sea salt, citric acid), Quinoa, Hemp Seeds, and Wasa Crackers
Wasa Crackers (2 crackers)
Hummus (2 TBL)
Navitas Naturals Hempseeds (1 TBL)
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