Everyone has a reason for wanting to eat healthfully. Maybe you’re trying to fit into your bathing suit, or perhaps there’s a wedding coming up. Eating healthfully might be a lifestyle choice for you. Regardless of your reasons for wanting to watch your calories and fat intake, you can’t just stop at monitoring your three daily meals. You need to keep close track of your snacks as well. In fact, snacking might be harder when you are trying to watch your diet. If you are trying to improve your snacking habits, try incorporating some of these healthful yet tasty snacks into your diet.
Ultimate Rice Cake
Does the thought of eating another plain and boring rice cake send you screaming in the other direction? Sure, rice cakes are a good snack if you are only concerned about calorie consumption. But, there is also flavor to consider. A low-calorie snack means nothing if it tastes like cardboard. So, here’s an alternative for you to try. Top a rice cake with a dollop of peanut butter, some shredded coconut, and some dried cherries. You will add some much-needed flavor as well as get some extra health benefits. It’s a win-win for your taste buds and your waistline.
Just the name of this treat makes it seem indulgent and forbidden. It is indulgent, but go ahead and enjoy a few — guilt free. Nuts are full of monounsaturated (good-for-you) fat. Plus, these clusters are covered in dark chocolate, which is rich in antioxidants. These bite-sized gems are easy to put together, too. Just spoon-drop them onto wax paper and refrigerate until set. You’ll never mind passing the candy bar aisle again.
Yes, you read that right. Nachos can be healthy. The key to snacking on nachos is all about portion control and carefully choosing your toppings. Choose multi-grain chips as your base and top them with some reduced-calorie cheese. If you insist on going for the real stuff, just cut back on the amount. If you like your nachos loaded with “stuff,” pile on some fiber-filled beans, and add veggies such as corn and tomatoes. You can even go the unconventional route and add some peas or spinach. The great part about healthy nachos is that you can tailor them to your own tastes. Fill up the chips with any healthful ingredients that you love.
The next time hunger pangs strike, knock them out with a chicken pita sandwich. This chicken and veggie sandwich is really great any time of day, but it makes the perfect afternoon snack when you need a little pick-me-up. Just one-half of a sandwich has enough protein and fiber to get you through the rest of the day.
Are you tired of missing out on dips because they are made with either sour cream or (gulp) mayonnaise? Well, those days are over. Now you can pair your cut up veggies with this delicious white bean dip. Legumes have so many healthful properties that they should be a regular part of everyone’s diet, and this dip is just the way to do it. It simply combines pureed cannellini beans with some lemon juice and various herbs. The result is a simply smooth and heavenly dip that is perfect for carrots, celery, tomatoes, or any other vegetable you like. If you want to change it up a bit, you can dip some zesty gourmet cheese snacks from John Wm. Macy CheeseSticks.
Here is a great snack that will satisfy your sweet tooth without striking a huge blow to your caloric intake. The chia seeds give this pudding a texture similar to tapioca, and also provide you with heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. The mango and coconut add a sweetness without the harmful effects of processed sugar. Plus, this is a no-cook snack, just combine all the ingredients and refrigerate overnight. You’ll find yourself making this yummy snack all the time.
Sometimes you need to trick yourself into eating enough vegetables. That’s where this tricky snack comes in. It is the perfect compromise when you are craving a pizza but know you need to eat your veggies. This snack has all the flavor of your favorite Italian food condensed into a bite-sized morsel. But, the glory of this snack is that its base is a zucchini round, so it is much healthier for you than a traditional pizza pie. That’s right, it’s guilt-free pizza.
Make snack time fun time and choose snacks that are both good for you and delicious. If you don’t have time to whip together any of these snacks, you can’t go wrong choosing any of the delicious gourmet cheese snacks from John Wm. Macy CheeseSticks. These baked snacks provide tons of flavor with the guilt of higher-fat and calorie choices. Be sure to always keep some in your pantry, and you can’t go wrong.
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