While there are countless snacks from which to choose, all too many choices are loaded up with sugar, fat, and cholesterol. Why they may taste great when you have them, you (or your body) may come to regret the quick gratification later from a health standpoint. However, there is no need to go down this road in the first place as there are many tasty and (that’s right!) healthy options available. The following are just a few of them.
1. Frozen Berries
You can find bags of frozen berries in the freezer section of your market. They are generally packaged for use in smoothies, but if you pour them into a bowl, they make a delicious and healthy snack. I personally enjoy frozen blackberries (the featured picture), but you can find all different berry mixes including strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and/or blackberries.
It is recommended that you buy organic packages of frozen berries to make sure that you are getting the healthiest, safest snack possible (or you can buy fresh organic berries and freeze them in a container for at least five hours until frozen). The bottom line is that these berries are not only a delicious low-fat snack that rival ice cream in deliciousness, but they are also generally high in antioxidants.
2. Air-Popped Popcorn
Air-popped popcorn does not require oil and while it contains protein and fiber, its principal health benefit comes from what it does not contain. Without oil or butter, it is very low in fat and calories, not to mention tasty and quite filling. Make sure that you opt for organic, no-GMO popcorn kernels to optimize the health of your snack.
If you do not have a hot air popcorn popper, you can purchase one online or in a store relatively cheaply (for roughly $15 to $30), so you can get popping.
3. Frozen Mandarin Oranges
One of my favorite snacks involves peeling, separating the pieces of, washing, drying, and then freezing mandarin oranges in the freezer (generally it takes at least five hours to freeze them completely). Frozen mandarin oranges have a delicious flavor (like having a fine Italian ice) and they are very high in vitamin C. Don’t hesitate to add this extra element of deliciousness and healthy eating to your day.
I hope that this article has convinced you that you don’t have to sacrifice tastiness in order to have a healthier snack. However, one important consideration is not eating snacks too close to bedtime as doing so can cause heartburn and weight gain. If you eat these snacks at least three hours before bedtime, you can enjoy them guilt-free and know that you are in fact doing yourself a service in enjoying their great taste. Kudos!
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