Kim's Tip: Healthy Cravable Snacks
This week, we talked about strategies and healthy snacks that help with the crunchy, salty, and sweet cravings.
Many of us have certain times of the day when we need or crave a snack, so it is important to plan those snacks in to get the most nutrition out of the calories. Junk food-type snacks available in the vending machine do little to maintain fullness or provide nutrients but can add on the calories.
Let’s break it down by craving-start with a sweet craving:
Cocoa dusted nuts + apple (2 food groups/healthy fat + pro + fiber)
Granola cereal + dried fruits and nuts
Pudding with sliced almond
good corn chips + avocado and salsa,
carrots + hummus, or homemade pita chips or crunchy multigrain cracker
beanitos + avocado
Granola + nuts/dried fruit
Lightly sweetened yogurt + mini chocolate chips + berries
Peanut butter on whole grain + dried cherries
Soup + crackers
Tuna with crackers
Edamame + whole grain pretzel/cracker
Black rice and edamame
Popcorn + nuts/seeds
Cucumbers with ricotta + feta
Watermelon + feta
Wasa crackers + cottage cheese and sundried tomato
Sunflower seeds and cheese stick
These are mostly grab and go snacks, but snacks can be anything, even leftovers. The key is multiple food groups, some protein and fiber to help sustain the fullness factor.