There are few things in life more satisfying than finally getting the food you crave. Just ask Harold and Kumar. The trouble is that those cravings aren’t usually for healthy snack options. Fortunately, there are nutritious things you can sub out for those less-than-good-for-you options. Here are a few healthy snacks to eat instead!
Instead of Chips…
Did you know that about 90% of Americans consume more sodium than is recommended for a healthy diet? So instead of chowing down on those kettle cooked potato chips — which pack 150 calories and 9 grams in just 15 chips — try some air-popped popcorn. Three cups has only 110 calories, 1.3 grams of fat, and four grams of fiber.
Instead of Soda…
Believe it or not, the average American adult drinks about 500 cans of soda every year, which is about 52 pounds of sugar consumed in soft drinks alone. Instead of grabbing a Coke or a Sprite, try grabbing a juice and seltzer. Combining 100% juice with seltzer gives you a tasty, healthy beverage alternative. And depending on what juice you choose, you’ll get added health benefits. For example, pomegranate juice is an excellent source of vitamins C and B, while grape juice is packed with antioxidants that can help protect your brain and blood vessels.
Instead of Apple Pie…
You probably know that pie is loaded with sugar, but did you also know that the empty calories from added sugars and solid fats contribute to 40% of daily calories for children and adolescents between the ages of two and 18? Instead of having apple pie, have a baked apple. Add some low-fat plain yogurt and cinnamon, and you’ve got a tasty treat.
These are just some of the healthy snack ideas out there. If you know of any others, feel free to share them in the comments. Happy healthy eating!
Adrien Paczosa is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian practicing in Austin, Texas and the surrounding counties.
She is the owner and founder of I Live Well Nutrition her Dietitian practice which started in 2007 and serves clients in the Austin, Texas area in two locations. Fearless Practitioners, the division of her business that offers training to dietitians and wellness professionals.