People seem to think that you can’t eat healthy and yummy, and that is so far from the truth! And just to prove my point, here are some delicious snack ideas that are actually so good for you:
Nuts: Almonds make a great snack: about 12 – 15 of them, not 200. Great source of calcium and are heart-healthy. Walnuts are also a great choice as they contain Omega 3 fatty acids. And if you can’t live without chocolate, combine almonds with about an ounce of good-quality dark chocolate – 70% or more cocoa; it will even lower your blood pressure!
Fruits: High in fiber and vitamins; tropical fruits (bananas, pineapples, mango etc.) are high on the glycemic index, so go easy on those. Most fruits are easy to grab and eat straight away – like grapes (freeze them if you like) or berries. By the way, dark-colored berries like blueberries, raspberries and blackberries are all packed with anti-oxidants.
Snacking While You’re Out: Movie popcorn might taste irresistible, but unfortunately it isn’t the best for us; whole wheat pretzels are a better option. Other good snacks on the move include fruit, nuts, and HEALTHY energy bars—be careful with those, most of full of junk.
Other Great Snacks: Personally, I love apples with almond butter, kale chips, hard boiled eggs, red peppers with hummus, olives, yogurt with a bit or raw oatmeal in it… your mouth watering yet?
But don’t just think about what you eat while out and about – think about what you’re drinking, too. “Liquid calories” can add up to a surprising amount. Your favorite latte could contain up to 500 calories, which is equal to a cheeseburger—yikes! While the occasional special coffee will not ruin your diet, having one every day may add on the pounds.
.And here is one perfectly scrumptuous snack recipe for you:
Goal Cheese Kisses
3 tablespoons hazelnuts or pistachios (3/4 ounce), finely chopped
6 ounces creamy goat cheese
6 dried apricots or dried figs, each cut into quarters
Line a plate or small tray with wax paper. Place nuts in a shallow dish. Scoop a heaping 1/2 teaspoon goat cheese and press a piece of dried apricot (or fig) into the center.
Wrap the cheese around the dried fruit to form a ball. Roll the ball in the chopped nuts to create a crust; set on the plate or tray. Repeat with remaining goat cheese, dried fruit and nuts.