Bowl of Snacks #bebetter52

Many Americans find themselves munching on a variety of snacks throughout the day in- between meals. People often forget that portion control is key, especially when eating snacks.

This week’s #bebetter52 challenge is to portion healthy servings of snacks! When looking at all the possibilities listed below, snacking will be simple, nutritious, and delicious.

Mindbodygreen has 9 smart rules to snacking which could be extremely helpful when deciding whether or not you need a snack. Remember to snack when you are actually hungry. Pay attention to your body. Your stomach will alert you with a low rumbling growl or actual pangs of hunger. Grab an apple or some carrots for the needed fuel to continue your day. As often as possible, steer clear of misleading fat-free foods, which often contain lots of added sugar and salt. Instead, stick to healthy natural food groups that contain high-fiber or whole-grain. Harvard Medical School advises people to try mixing snacks such as a handful of nuts, which contain protein and fat, with grapes which have carbohydrates. These balanced snack options leave you feeling content. Listed below are a variety of yummy and healthy snacks that you can make at home.

Fruits and Veggies:

1 cup carrots and 2 Tbs hummus

1 cup raspberries, 2 Tbs yogurt, 1 tsp honey

Kale chips (bake with olive oil and your favorite seasoning

Peppers and dip

Frozen grapes

Edamame

Snap peas


 

Fiber:

1 cup popcorn

Oatmeal

Dried plums

Blackberries

Lentils (1 cup 15.6 grams of fiber)


 

Combos:

1 piece of whole grain or seedy toast with ½ mashed avocado

Celery with peanut, almond, or cashew butter and raisins or cranberries

Carrots and pecans

Cheese and crackers

 

Other:

½ cup pretzels

Hard-boiled egg

Nuts

Cottage cheese (full of protein 28 grams per cup)

Corn chips and salsa

We hope you enjoy our healthy snack suggestions, and we can’t wait to see how you complete this week’s challenge. There are so many combinations and ways to make small bites your own. Whether you are on the go or just hungry at home, there are endless possibilities when it comes to creating delicious and nutritious snacks!