Let’s face it, snacks are what it’s all about. But while snacking may seem to be satisfying and yummy, junk food snacks are not where it’s at. Along with weight gain and additional health issues, junk food snacks really don’t fill you up or satisfy you at all. Some people even crave something savory after having their sweets. This leads to a cycle of sweet, savory, rinse and repeat.
In fact, there’s a reason for that. According to an article on HuffPost:
“Regular consumption of foods high in sugar is often a result of habit and association, which lead to neurochemical changes in the brain that can hardwire you to crave these types of foods,” Osinga adds.
If you often crave sugar after a meal, it could mean you’re mainly eating carbohydrates. And if you’re indulging in these sugary cravings, it can lead to an imbalance of protein, fat and carbohydrates.
This means if you’re grabbing the cookies then wanting something savory to tone down that sweet taste, it might be good to rethink what you’re eating. That’s not meant to be judgmental or preachy either. In fact, we love snacks just like everyone else. But healthy snack choices are not only good for you but they can be satisfying so that you do not crave meat or salty things after you eat.
Just Go Nuts!
Did you know that nuts are one of the many superfoods that have amazing health benefits? Not only do they have handfuls of protein and fiber, they are also good for your heart health. And that’s what makes them extra craveable and yummy.
Yes, nuts have fat in them but most of the fat in nuts is monounsaturated fat, and that’s the good kind! They’re kind of like avocados in that sense. Avocados have fat but it’s the good kind. So if you eat it in moderation, it’s satisfying, tasty, and a good, healthy choice, too.
They also contain omega-6 and omega-3 polyunsaturated fat. However, they do contain some saturated fat but studies have shown that they do not affect weight gain when eaten in moderation.
Nuts also have plenty of vitamins and minerals, including magnesium and vitamin E.
Mixed nuts contain a plethora of elements that make up for a healthy snack. These include things like carbohydrates, copper, selenium, phosphorous, manganese, and the aforementioned vitamin E, magnesium, fiber, and protein.
So whether you love peanuts, cashews, almonds, or any other kind of nut – they are certainly a wise choice when it comes to snack foods.
There are plenty of healthy snacks you can make right at home and you can find them right here! Even the American Heart Association agrees that healthy snacking is good for you. The only caveat is to choose healthy snacks and do it all in moderation. But hey, that’s how any type of eating should be done.
There are different areas you can choose to snack within like crunchy snacks, healthy drinks, satisfying snacks, and even those that help you satisfy your cravings for sweets.
In the snacks that satisfy area, choose toast with peanut butter or almond butter but make sure it’s whole-wheat toast for the healthiest benefits. You might also choose things like whole-grain crackers with tuna or fruits and veggies with hummus.
Crunchy snacks are just that – things like apples, popcorn, broccoli, nuts (see a pattern here?), bell pepper slices, and anything that is a vegetable you can crunch to your heart’s content. For a unique crunchy snack, you can make at home, try our Homemade Pumpkin Granola! It’s satisfying, crunchy, and totally healthy.
Healthy drink choices don’t always have to be water, although it is certainly an optimum choice. Coffee or tea is fine without sugar, fat-free milk within moderation or even fruit juices that are 100 percent juice is good just make it a smaller glass since some fruit juices are still fattening.
Last but not least, here are some ideas for when your sweet tooth is really giving you fits. Pop a banana or some grapes into the freezer and have a yummy, craveable snack that is good for you and has that sweet taste – the natural way. Unsweetened dried fruits like dates and raisins are another snack that curbs the cravings for all things sweet. And canned fruit in light syrup or natural juice (that’s the best choice) will help you get over the longing for sweet things.
Another incredibly tasty snack we love to make is the Peanut Butter Coconut Crisps. These snacks are made with peanut butter, coconut, and a hint of cacao for that mouthwatering taste of chocolate. They’re perfect to take with you on a hike or camping when you want something to snack on that is not only good for you but tasty too.
Find What You Love
This is why making your own snacks with good for you, all-natural ingredients are so important. Betsy, a registered dietitian, is here to help.
Check out her healthy nut butter snack recipes and make your favorites to bring to work, school, or just for eating at home. Not only are they healthy, but they taste better than a nutrition-empty bag of chips or a store-bought granola bar loaded with sugar. From savory kale chips to sweet and salty trail mix; you will find seed, peanut, cashew, and almond butter snack recipes that keep you full and satisfied between meals.
Try Our Gourmet Nut And Seed Butters In Your Snacks With These Healthy And Delicious Recipes.