I have a confession to make. I am a habitual snacker. I could go the entire day without eating a proper meal and be fully satisfied, because I love snacking, or rather, “grazing” all day. Some health professionals argue that this can actually be healthier for you – I suppose it depends on what you eat.
Today I am devoting this blog to healthy snacking options. All options I am listing do not have refined sugar, which is so very bad for us. A sugar snack, even when disguised as some sort of “fruit” snack is not necessarily healthy. Now, I agree I would rather be joining you for chocolate bars and ice cream, but it is important to find a way to exercise that self-control in order to be healthier. In time you may even come to enjoy your veggies as much as chocolate (the scandalous thought!!!)
Here are some healthy ideas:
Vegetables: carrot sticks, cucumbers, peppers, or fennel (celery sticks with peanut butter is a favorite in my house!) Spice it up with a tangy humus dip!
Fruit: In-season fruit is particularly good for you, but you can always grab an apple, orange, or banana
Granola (sugar-free and not too much – the calories add up quickly!)
Fruit juice or applesauce sweetened, wheat flour based cookies
Whole grain pretzels
Dried peas or garbanzo beans
Popsicles made from 100% fruit juice
Frozen grapes (try them, they are surprisingly good!)
Rice cakes with cream cheese or peanut butter
I find that when I eat healthy snacks I do eat less snack food, as the healthy foods fill me up faster than the unhealthy foods. I also find that I feel better when I snack on healthy foods….. when I eat unhealthy snacks I feel great momentarily, but then I get that blood sugar crash that is miserable. Once again, life is about moderation. Sometimes it is great to grab that ice cream, as long as it is balanced with many incidents of eating fruits, veggies, and other healthy things.
Today, 266 days ’til 40, I will strive to be more mindful of what I am putting in my body when I snack. When I eat healthier I feel healthier.