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Healthy Snacks

When hunger strikes, reach for a healthy and yummy snack.

February 27, 2020 | HF Healthy Living Team

Dried apples, bananas, cranberries, and apricots
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Is there such a thing as a “healthy” snack?

 

The bottom line is—yes, there are healthy snacks! And believe it or not, some of them are salty, sweet, and full of fat (good fat, that is). We’re so used to snacks being “bad,” but snacking can be good for us—as long as we eat a healthy snack.

Woman eating a bowl of yogurt with granola, banana, and kiwi
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It’s OK to snack!

 

Snacking is OK as long as it’s done in moderation. This goes for unhealthy and healthy snacks. Of course, snacking on something healthy and nutritious is the best option, but if you feel a craving coming on for something “bad,” be sure to take a look at the serving size and eat just that much. When you do, you’ll find more often than not that your craving has been satisfied. You’ll also begin to train your mind and your body on how to deal with future cravings.

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Snacks to help you lose (or maintain) weight

 

Whether you’re trying to lose weight or maintain it (aren’t we all?!), snacking on healthy and nutritious foods will not only fill you up when you’re hungry, it will also help boost weight loss by keeping your metabolism moving! Don’t ignore your tummy growling or starve yourself—that causes your metabolism to slow down. Have that mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack—just be sure to grab a satisfying, healthy snack that will make you feel good inside and out. There’s no need to deprive yourself. If you have healthy snacks on hand and top-of-mind, you can’t go wrong.

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Healthy snack suggestions for work, school, and play!

 

The key is to have healthy snacks on-hand at all times. Here are a few grab-and-go snack suggestions that you can buy in single-serve snack packs or easily prepare yourself and take with you just about anywhere. Be sure to always check and follow the suggested serving size—you don’t want make a snack a meal!

  • Mixed nuts (one serving)
  • Pistachios (serving size)
  • Homemade granola bars
  • Red bell pepper with guacamole
  • Greek yogurt and mixed berries
  • Homemade apple chips
  • Apple slices (one apple) with peanut butter (one serving)
  • Cottage cheese with flax seeds and cinnamon
  • Celery sticks with cream cheese (one serving)
  • Kale chips
  • Dark chocolate (one serving)
  • Almonds (one serving)
  • Blueberries
  • Dry roasted chickpeas
  • Cucumber slices with hummus
  • Cherry tomatoes with mozzarella (one serving)
  • Baby carrots with blue cheese dressing (one serving)
  • Edamame
  • Olives and cheese (a few slices or one stick)

 

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Sources
“29 Healthy Snacks That Can Help You Lose Weight,” Healthline. Accessed February 21, 2020.
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/29-healthy-snacks-for-weight-loss

“Healthy Snacks to Keep on Hand,” Well Plated. Accessed February 21, 2020.
https://www.wellplated.com/5-healthy-snacks/

“What are the most healthful foods?,” Medical News Today. Accessed February 21, 2020.
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/245259

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