News and Information

5 Healthy Snacks You Can't Resist


5 Healthy Snacks You Can’t Resist

If you resolved to lose weight or eat better this year, you’re not alone. In fact, you’re just one of millions of Americans trying a healthier diet and embracing new habits right now. The bad news? Cravings don’t disappear just because w. e you’ve resolved to eat better. But, cravings don’t have to derail your healthy new routine either. Outsmart your cravings—and get your sweet/salty fix—by replacing your usual snacks with these five guilt-free go-tos. Easy, tasty and nutritious, these healthy snack options give you the fuel you need to stay the course.

Kale chips
Sure, kale has been hyped in the last few years, but this dark, leafy green is a nutritional powerhouse. Packed with vitamins and minerals—including vitamin A, K, C and iron—kale is a low-calorie, nutrient-dense food that makes a tasty, crunchy snack when roasted. Just wash and slice, toss with olive oil, salt and your favorite herbs or seasonings, and bake at 300° until browned and crispy, about 25 minutes. Make a big batch over the weekend and enjoy anytime you need something salty.

Apple granola stacks

If you usually reach for a candy bar when you’re hungry, try swapping your Snickers for an apple. But not just a plain apple. Turn a cored apple on its side and slice vertically, creating ¼-inch thick rings. Spread each ring with almond butter and top with a sprinkle of your favorite granola. Apples offer fiber and vitamin C; almond butter delivers heart-healthy fats and protein; and the oats in the granola help keep you full until mealtime. Apple granola stacks check all the same boxes that your favorite candy bar does: sweet, crunchy, filling and nutty.

Crunchy chickpeas

Now here’s a snack you can chow down on with no regrets. Chickpeas provide protein, fiber and a boost of essential vitamins and minerals, like manganese and folate. Plus, their mild taste makes the little legume a versatile base for endless flavor combinations. Toss rinsed, cooked chickpeas with olive oil, salt and whatever spices or seasonings you like (try smoked paprika, chili powder, cumin, dill, rosemary, garlic, etc.). Roast in a 400° degree oven until crunchy, about 20 minutes. Store in an airtight container for easy snacking.

Stuffed dates

Dates might not have topped your grocery list lately, but this ancient fruit is full of natural sweeteners (and B6 vitamins, magnesium, fiber and manganese), making it the perfect solution to your sweet tooth problem. Dates can be used in place of sugar in a variety of recipes, but they’re perfect as a grab-and-go snack, too. Slice medjool dates in half, remove the pit if present and stuff the cavities with banana slices for extra potassium.

Avocado crunch

The afternoon munchies are no joke. And when they arrive, the donuts in the breakroom or those chips left over from lunch look extra tempting. Instead, try a brown rice cake topped with sliced avocado and tomato. You’ll get the benefits of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant, from the tomato and plenty of vitamin E and beta-carotene from the avocado. Best of all? You can skip the inevitable sugar crash from those breakroom donuts.

Making healthy snacks ahead of time—instead of settling for pre-packaged candy and chips—is one small change that can make a big impact on your new year’s health goals. So next time you’re hungry, choose a snack that’s as nutritious as it is tasty and make every calorie count. Want to learn more about weight loss or healthy lifestyle habits? Talk to your doctor or visit the CaroMont Health Fitness Center.

Categories: Health, Recipes